I wasn't feeling right for the rest of the evening. The dream had shaken me but apart from the obvious shock factor I didn't know why. I was usually able to shake stuff like that off but now I was jumping every time I heard the floorboards creak.
'Are you alright?' Sean asked as I sat up, startled, for about the third time since we'd sat down on the sofa. 'You're in a funny mood tonight.'
'I really don't know what's wrong,' I said, frustrated with myself. 'I'm feeling all jumpy.'
'Try and relax,' Sean said, pulling back so I was leaning against him, kissing the top of my head. 'Maybe you're stressed. Have you been sleeping properly?'
'Yes,' I said, unsure if that was the truth. The dreams I'd been having hadn't affected my ability to sleep, they had just left me exhausted and feeling like I hadn't slept at all. I had no idea why this was or how to stop it, it just happened.
'Maybe you should take a day off school,' he said. 'I could skip too and look after you.' His lips were now moving from the top of my head down towards my lips, playfully urging me to respond.
'That would be nice,' I said, my body weakening at his every touch, willing me to give in. 'But you know I can't.' I pulled back a little, just so Sean got the message.
'Because it would be wrong. And think of all the work we would miss, I'd never be able to catch up.'
'I think this is your problem Alex, you worry too much. You're looking tired,' he said, stroking my face softly with one finger. 'Do you want to go to bed?'
'Not yet,' I said. The thought of going to bed, slipping back into the dream, suddenly terrified me. I didn't want to go back, not alone. 'Can we just watch some more TV?'
Sean nodded, letting my rest my head against his shoulder.
I had no idea what we were watching, I was so tired, but I forced myself to keep my eyes open, not wanting to sleep. But I could feel my eyelids getting heavier and heavier, dragging me down out of reality and into the dreamworld.
'Alexis!' The voice was shouting now, demanding my attention. I didn't want to listen but I couldn't block out the cries. 'Alexis!'
My eyes flew open and I thought I was awake again, breathing heavily with relief. But I wasn't in Sean's living room watching pointless TV. I was lying on my back, looking up at a clear blue sky and I was surrounded by long grass, wild flowers growing all around me.
I sat up slowly, not sure what to think. It had to be a dream, there was no other explanation, but it felt so real.
I was in some sort of field on the edge of a forest. I couldn't see another human being for miles around. I was alone.