Post by Elijah Theron Fleming on Nov 22, 2021 17:24:59 GMT -7
only dust settles.
summer, 2026THE INCESSANT RINGING OF THE DOORBELL shocked Elijah out of a dead sleep. His eyes pinging open against his will, a great panic seizing him as he rolled out of his rumpled sheets and landed on the ground with a hard thump. Something about the sound of the doorbell had frightened him out of his sleep, awareness just hanging out of his reach as he stood on jellied legs. His eyes sticky with sleep as he rubbed at them roughly. The cracked face of a clock on his bedside read '14:38' and he blinked, as if he'd misread it.
Of course, Eli couldn't wander in disorientated sleep forever. The bell was still ringing - over, and over, and over again. He shook himself, realising that it was a Wednesday, and not a single soul was in the house bar him. There was a reason for that, he realised sleepily, clearing sleepy phlegm from his throat as he scratched his stomach and shook the sleep from his rumpled hair. Shit! He seized up, remembering all at once - and without mercy - that he had invited Calli over to his 'flat'. And of course, he had slept in, she was late, and he still hadn't answered the door.
Skidding on the wooden floor, Eli nearly tripped over a rug as he scattered out of his room at great speed. Arms wheeling and knees knocking, he ambled up the hallway and slid just a foot from the incessant ringing doorway. His ankles knocked together painfully as he collided at full force with the hard wood. Felt the bell ringing stubbornly as he groaned in tired pain. He'd knocked every hard bone he owned against the unrelenting surface, and it felt like it.
Pushing himself off it, Eli undid the lock and slid off the chain with a squinting, grumbling huff. "Calli! Okay, the bell works!" He half-laughed, pulling the door open to glare at his sister haughtily. "In my defence, I slept in, but you're late." He muttered sheepishly, stepping out of the way to allow her access. For a moment, once the disorientation had lifted, he'd thought Calli would simply knock her way through the nearest wall if he hadn't answered. It was quite plausible.