“Let me have another,” Jane said. “I’m not feeling anything yet.”
“No,” Craig said. “One is all you need. It will hit you soon.”
“Come on, Craig,” James said. “Give her what she asked for.”
“Yes, Craig, give me what I asked for,” Jane repeated. “I want the full experience. I want to be immersed.”
“Fine,” Craig said. “For the record, I don’t think this is a good idea, but Lady Jane seems to always get what she wants.” Craig handed Jane a small, square piece of brown paper. “Here you are, your highness, one more dose of blotter acid. Enjoy.”
About an hour later, a scream shattered the air. “Get away from me!” Jane yelled.
Both Craig and James ran over to Jane, who was almost hysterical. They each grabbed an arm. “Jane, what’s going on?” Craig asked.
“She’s freaking out,” James said.
“The trees!” Jane screamed, “Their branches are reaching down to me, grabbing me, and trying to pull me apart.”
“No, Jane,” Craig said in as soothing a voice as he could muster, “Those hands belong to James and me, not to the trees. We’re trying to help you. You’re on a bad trip and you’re hallucinating. Try to stay calm and take deep breaths.”
In an aside, Craig whispered to James, “I told you that giving her two tabs was not a good idea.”
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge prompt. Photo credit: Brooke Shaden.