Trying to Wake Up

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Jeremy woke up from the nightmare that was rapidly vanishing from his memory. He meant to stay up late enough to find out the election results, but after pulling a double-shift in the E.R., he was exhausted.

Turning on the coffee, he opened his Macbook and searched the national news. What a relief. The 45th President of the United States was going to be Olivia Marsdin. She was originally considered a long shot that had little chance of beating her political rival Charles Remington, but as one scandal after another surfaced to plague the Remington campaign, Marsdin steadily rose in the polls.

Marsdin was an outsider, a moderate fiscally and a liberal socially, so she appealed to a wide audience. Remington was conservative both fiscally and socially and while he appealed to the Washington insider crowd, he also was the early favorite among college educated voters, especially white males.

Marsdin won on the populist vote, a woman for the people, and the first female President-Elect in the 240 year history of the United States.

By the time coffee was ready, Jeremy grabbed a cup of yogurt to have along with it, opened up his chat app, and started talking politics with friends and family.

*****

Jeremy woke up from a dream that was rapidly vanishing from his memory. He meant to stay up late enough to find out the election results, but after pulling a double-shift in the E.R., he was exhausted.

Turning on the coffee, he opened up his Macbook and searched the national news. What a nightmare. The 45th President of the United States was going to be Charles Remington. Jeremy was sure that Marsdin was going to surge ahead winning the election on the populist vote, but her appeal didn’t swing enough Electoral College votes. Remington was a Washington insider, a career politician popular with both the established administration and college educated white males.

He openly promised to roll back all or most of the progressive social reforms put in place by President Obama, which meant that people of color, LGBTQ people, women, undocumented immigrants, and Muslims were at risk. It also meant that Jeremy’s health care costs would probably go up and his university debt wouldn’t be pardoned.

By the time coffee was ready, Jeremy had gotten over the initial shock, grabbed a cup of yogurt to have with his coffee, opened up his chat app, and started ranting about politics with friends and family.

*****

Jeremy woke up from the nightmare that was rapidly vanishing from his memory. He meant to stay up late enough to find out the election results, but after pulling a double-shift in the E.R., he was exhausted.

Turning on the coffee, he opened his Macbook and searched the national news. What a relief. The 45th President of the United States was going to be Olivia Marsdin.

*****

Jeremy woke up from a dream that was rapidly vanishing from his memory. He meant to stay up late enough to find out the election results, but after pulling a double-shift in the E.R., he was exhausted.

Turning on the coffee, he opened up his Macbook and searched the national news. What a nightmare. The 45th President of the United States was going to be Charles Remington.

*****

Jeremy woke up and remembered his dreams, both of them. One was a dream come true. Olivia Marsdin would be the 45th President of the United States. The other was a nightmare with Charles Remington being the President-Elect.

But which one was true? Jeremy had been having the same twin dreams for the past 14 days, but which one was a dream and which one was reality?

He couldn’t tell but they both couldn’t be the truth. Maybe he was still asleep and it all was a dream. When would he wake up? Would he ever wake up?

I wrote this bit of flash fiction as a continuing commentary on the struggle people are still having in reconciling themselves to a Donald Trump win. It’s as if Clinton is still campaigning and her constituents are hoping beyond hope that some miracle will take place and she’ll become the President-Elect, dethroning Trump. It’s as if they’re caught in a nightmare and are searching instead for their dream.

Someday, they’ll have to wake up.

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