Published by Dwayne Albert Bearup at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 Dwayne Albert Bearup


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If people can be compared to animals, Mary Lennert gave the impression of a bird, skinny and nervous, looking mostly at the ground. In a high-pitched warble, her first words as she removed her coat, were, “You have a lovely home, Doctor Halliday. Thank you for seeing me on such short notice.”

Halliday hung her coat on a rack behind his study door and replied with a smile, “How could I resist coming out of retirement for such an interesting case?”

Mary’s answering smile was sickly, but she made no other reply as he led her to a set of chairs. When they were comfortable Halliday said, “Doctor Thompson is a friend of mine, and if he thinks hypnotherapy is called for in your case I feel inclined to agree with him. However, all he told me of your case was that you are experiencing an unusual lapse of memory.”

“I’ve lost an entire night of my life, Doctor, but it’s not exactly missing,” she said. “When I wake in the morning and think back, I can recall going to sleep but nothing in between, unless I dream. When I think back on that night, I can recall several hours of conscious time, but it’s hazy. I see shapes moving, but they’re indistinct… like a shadow on the sheets when I hang the laundry to dry.”

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