TITLE: Spider Silk
GENRE: High Fantasy (mostly; think Narnia -- Earth kid goes to another world)
I slouched in my chair and stared at the puckered white line on the back of my hand. The clock ticked. Rustling pages chased each other across the therapist’s desk. Every so often, a pen squeaked against Dr. Rush’s lined yellow notebook.
We looked up at the same time; the doctor’s glasses reflected my eyes, and his greying eyebrows arched above the frames.
I dropped my gaze to the stack of paper on the desk. A hundred forty-two pages of memories no one believed.
“Well,” Dr. Rush said.
I didn’t say anything, which happened at a lot of my therapy sessions.
“Well.” Dr. Rush leaned his seat back and propped his feet up on the desk. His bony ankles peeked out from his old-man shoes. He pursed his lips. “It’s done then."
I half-shrugged a shoulder. “Five years… Don’t know what more I can do with it.”
“Ah, yes.” The old-man shoes bobbed up and down on the desk, ruffling the top sheets on the pile. “Today is the anniversary. Five years since…”
“Since that,” I said through gritted teeth, nodding at the stack of paper.
“Right,” said Dr. Rush. “Not your kidnapping. Your disappearance into another world. The ‘Toppling Kingdom’. And David, I’m not being condescending. If you believe this…” He gestured at the papers. “I’ll believe too. However, this account did leave me with some questions.” He smiled thinly. “Do you mind?”
“Of course not,” I said under my breath. “You’re a shrink. I expect it by now.”