As the last semester of the 2011-2012 school year comes to a close, a small group of Creative Writing students will assemble in the Fireside Lounge at Rainy River Community College. Why are they here? Not only are they to attend this meeting for a class requirement, but they are gathering to perform and share the fruits of each individual’s hard work throughout the semester. Several favorite stories written by the students are chosen to be recited on this day. Among these stories is one of my longest essays ever written. I composed the work for a fiction unit final. Between the start of this essay and today, there have been many long hours of determined research, drafting, revision, and editing. And now I am able to present the finished work of my fiction unit as my final performance piece.
The name of my story is Between Sleep and Awake. It’s the tale of a young college graduate named Ruthie and her small-town home in Lance, Minnesota. Even when her emotions seem to be steadily recovering after the death of her parents, she finds a mysterious twist to her own life. As her mind tries to grasp the difference between dreams and reality, she finds herself trapped in a nightmare – cornered by the reason her parents lost their lives. But can she be sure it is a dream? Perhaps it is her worst fear coming true. I present the work to you – the reader – to delve into that place between sleep and awake to find Ruthie and determine if she should wake up… or run for her life.