Daily 3 AM Storms

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

It’s always 3 AM, isn’t it?  Never midnight when sound sleep is still possible nor 5 when the alarm is so near.  No, 3 AM.

I pad across the frigid floor, silent from habit and sidle up to a window.

A few lights in the neighboring apartments.  Why are they up?  Is it a late night, an early morning or can’t they sleep either?

I watch a storm approach, the lightning dancing over the dark city, a treat for us special, lonely few, but it only fuels my mood.

4:30.

I sigh and get back into the cold, empty bed.

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word count = 100

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65 thoughts on “Daily 3 AM Storms

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, there is always that chance to get back to sleep… I’m not sure why taring at the ceiling at 3 AM seems worse than any other time for me. The house just seems darker, troubles closer, daylight farther away.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sorry you see it so often. Before electricity people used to split sleep up and do things in the middle of the night. I think we still have some of that in us and we all seem to wake at 3 AM…

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  1. Margaret

    A couple of key phrases fill in the back story so well – ‘silent from habit’ and of course the ‘cold, empty bed’. The mood of loneliness and loss comes through strongly. And I note your comments about your large dog. My daughter has one of those. I chuckled at that.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. Reading through the comments I am not sure how many people picked up on those clues about the person’s backstory, though I am sure some did. I wouldn’t trade Fiyero (the boxer) for the world, but he is the king of bed hogs. lol I know other people say the same about their dogs, and I’m sure your daughter does too…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m a pretty light sleeper, and if I totally wake up, it is almost always 3 AM… The MC just needs to be careful if they get an animal – I have a 75 boxer that likes to sleep right on top of me, thus those 3 AM waking times ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Even at my age a lot of my contemporaries are up for that reason, but when I stay with my 90 year old parents, I can hear the future several times each night… (I’m a light sleeper and hear every time anyone is up).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      No, I have to look out and see what’s there, “night shift” or not. Actually, that S. King book has been sitting on my TBR pile for years. I have even read others of his books since it has been there, but it sits there untouched. Perhaps the next time I am up at 3 AM I will start ;)

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