After nearly a decade of visiting other people’s dreams, Sara Alderson thought she had made peace with her supernatural gift. Until one night, while watching her husband dream, she saw someone else watching him, too: a mysterious woman in a red dress.
The woman in red keeps appearing in the dreams of Sara’s husband and his co-workers. Sara doesn’t know if this mystery woman is trying to steal her husband, drive him mad or something even worse. All she does know is that now she has something she never imagined: a nemesis. And the only thing more dangerous than a nemesis who shares her ability to step into other people’s dreams, is one who knows far more about that ability and how to control it than Sara does.
Waking Dream is the fifth book of the Dream Series.
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As Sara watches, a shadowy hand reaches up from underneath the bed, holding another weight, placing it on her father’s chest. His breathing is extremely shallow and labored now. His eyes open. His right arm reaches up to his chest, but he can’t lift the weight off with one hand. She sees him try to raise his left arm and fail, gasping in pain. Sara can see the arm throbbing, from the shoulder on down.
Her father is trying to speak, but no words are coming out and the words wouldn’t be for her anyway. He doesn’t know she’s here. He thinks he’s alone, Sara realizes. He’s trying to cry out for help, but he knows there’s no one to provide it.
Sara knows exactly what’s going on, and she also knows she’s the only one who does. He can’t hear her, but she calls out to him anyway: “I’m coming, Dad!”
She turns away from him and begins to run back the way she came…
I can feel my feet on the floor even before my eyes open. I was asleep, and I was making myself get up. Why? Where was I…
It comes back in a rush. The whole dream – the cave, the weight pressing down, the pain in the left arm. Dad!
I’m already halfway to the door. “Brian!” I shout at the top of my lungs. There’s no thought for the kids, nothing matters except Dad. “Brian, up, now!” I’m standing in the doorway, waiting for him to register my voice. I can’t wait much longer. Now he’s stirring, though. “Brian!”
“Wha?” He’s trying to focus his eyes on me, and barely succeeding.
I don’t consider my words, it just comes out: “My Dad’s having a heart attack!” His eyes snap into focus instantly. “I’m going over now. Call 911, send them over there, right now!” I hear the words coming out of my mouth, but they don’t mean anything. All I know is that I have to act. I have to save him. I’m the only one who can.
“Sara, I don’t understand.”
Neither do I – except that I think I do, and I’m afraid to say it. It’s impossible – but it’s impossible for me, too, and I can still do it. “There wasn’t anybody else?”
“No. That was it, just who I said.”
I’m staring hard right back at him, holding his eyes. “You’re sure? Nobody else? Not a woman in a dress, a red dress?”
He has no idea what I’m talking about; I can see it all in his eyes. “No. Why would you think…?” His jaw drops. “No. You don’t mean what I think you mean?”
“I saw her, but you didn’t. Nobody else in the room did, either. The same way that you didn’t see me, and neither did anybody else. The way nobody ever notices me.”
We’re both silent for a moment, then we speak the same words, exactly in unison: “Oh, my God…”
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