A Waking Nightmare

20 min readFeb 6

Jacob Severson is a well respected author of several crime dramas, and he has been known to work with fictional characters, with always a semblance of truth behind them. When he awakes in the hospital being told that he has been poisoned and he only has a week to live, he sets out to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

A woman named Maria joins him on his quest as his own personal physician to keep his mind and body sharp during this ordeal.

Written by Abigail Cooper
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My mind is in a state of disarray, swirling images of a book launch party running around in my head. The champagne was flowing freely, and everybody was congratulating me on another bestseller that was sure to make the New York bestseller list. I’d been on that list so many times that I can’t even count, still each time it is a thrill beyond words.

My publicist has a lot to do with my success, as he has been with me from the very beginning of my sojourn into becoming an author. I think that if it wasn’t for him that I probably wouldn’t have ventured into this territory. I was very happy to stay a professor of literature, but he had shown me that I could be bigger than what I was.

“Jacob, you have outdone yourself, and the story has gone national, so much so that they are even thinking about making it in to a movie.”

My publicist Steve Jansen was always extolling my virtues, telling me anything I wanted to hear to kiss my ass. I couldn’t blame him, especially with the percentage that he was getting out of the profits of the book and the national book tour.

“We leave next week on a worldwide exposure tour, and I just know that we are going to make millions of dollars just from one book that has the possibility of turning into multiple sequels.”

I could definitely see the character of Harold Cox going from one book to the other.

“I like the sound of that, Steve, and maybe we should talk about that in a more detailed way after the party.”

I had groupies clamoring to get my autograph, and all I had to do was stand there and listen to them tell me how great I was. I ate the food from the buffet, and even sampled some of the local liquor…


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