Soon I will be without kids. They’re flying off next week to spend a couple months with their mom.
I’m starting to worry already.
I had this vivid nightmare where, just after sunset, I was having this argument with a neighbor, and up in the sky behind him I see this big slow tumbling rock. It was huge, looking about the size of the moon in the sky, but shaped like a potato. I recognized immediately that it was a meteor and it was huge, probably a hundred miles across.
Planet killer, I thought.
As I watched, it sank beyond the horizon, and then the horizon started glowing yellow. There was a flash, and slowly an immense pyroclastic cloud rose into the sky. It got bigger, and bigger, and coming closer and closer, and the closer it came the faster it seemed to come.
My younger daughter came out of the house to tell me all the television channels had stopped working. She my face and then saw the cloud, and said, “What’s that?”
In that horrible moment I knew my child would die. I didn’t care about myself, but it didn’t seem fair that she would have her life cut short like this. We only had minutes to live.
My older child was gone, in London or something, and there was nothing I could do for her. But here was my younger one right in front of me. It was a horrible feeling.
So my brain kicked in, and I thought, we could go down to the bottom of the nearby wishing well in the park. It would probably collapse and we’d be crushed by stone, but I thought that might be preferrable to burning to death amid hot vaporized rock. So we ran to the park and climbed down into the well, which in my dream was as deep as that well in The Ring. We weren’t down there more than a few moments when the shockwave hit, which sent bricks raining down on us but we managed to survive that somehow. Then everything above was orange with fire, and we ducked under the water.
Time passed, and things cooled down a bit, and we crawled back out to find the world completely wiped clean. No plants, no buildings, nothing. Just hot dirt and fragments of rock and concrete.
I woke up thinking that we’d been spared only temporary, because it didn’t look like there would be anything to eat anywhere.
It’s my first nightmare in a long time. It left me covered in cold sweat.