The Nightmares

Writer: Avjin Aktop

“Mama, why are people running?

These are the words still echoing in my brain all over again after decades. And my highly developed subconscious— at least this is what I was hearing the days my psychologist mother talked to her patients before that happened— play me tricks night after night. Sometimes I wake up on my own in woods neighboring a clean water spout for which my husband and boys fought for a long time. And in the remaining time, I am woken up by my first daughter Eliza who, I suppose, will turn 13 when the river overflows.