“We were all at the beach, it started as a regular dream. With Sandshovels and plastic buckets in the shapes of castles… Even the girls were there.”
I could do little more than listen as I had nothing to contribute.
“Having a swell time, gathering the cement like wet sand from the spot closer to the water, and carrying in back to be formed into a parapet, a rampart.”
He dragged on his cigarette so i took the opportunity to inhale mine as well, punctuating.
“That’s when we saw it. You didn’t even have to look skyward to see it. A flash preceded by a slight darkening. You could see it. And before you could hear it you could feel a slight tug in it’s direction, it created it’s own force of gravity it was that severe. As it detonated, the clouds became red, tinted by the fires. “
This time I did have something to say, but kept it to myself. The Doctor had always been mad, but now he was not in control.
“This was no ordinary Nuke, in my dream of doomsday. Perhaps in the tinkering with atoms, they unleashed something unanticipated, or at least as far from likely as they had reckoned. The thing exploded, sure enough, off in the horizon somewhere and of course we all stopped what we were doing, our day in paradise interrupted. It caught fire to the atmosphere, whatever it was, whether or not the men or mad gods who made it had intended. The sky which had turned red, now caught flame and the flame was spreading, in a wave of fire.”
I inhaled on the cigarette again, not to avoid speaking, this time, but because I needed it.
“It likely incinerated everything within a certain radius, but we weren’t so lucky, as we stood on the sand it became hotter and hotter, and we couldn’t stand on it anymore, and we started to flee. some of us it just got hotter and hotter, you could feel the flames as all the oxygen only fed the flames, and we couldn’t breathe.”
I looked at the doctor wide eyed, and I knew this was the pair of sunglasses that you could see through, so he saw my stare.
“I awoke drenched in sweat. My dog had been ling right next to me. It was making me hot.”