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My Ticket To Another World

by Alex Iwashyna

in Is It Just Me?

I’m writing this late Friday afternoon which guarantees nobody will read it so I’ll tell you a secret.

When a manilla envelope with my name scrawled on it in handwriting I don’t recognize appears in an upstairs room, I think:

Maybe it has the silver ticket to the secret world going on behind every corner. The ghosts I hear while peering into the dark when I tell myself it’s the house settling but my heart won’t listen. The lurker that fades into a shadow no matter how quietly I creep upon it. The world of closets and under-the-beds and full moons and strange weather patterns and knowing cats and talking dogs and unnatural speed or strength or visions or legacy. Where some creatures live forever and others disappear the instant after the prophecy is given. I promise the unexpected touch by the bed is only my cat and the scratching at the window is merely branches from a tree that must be close enough with all the unpredicted wind, but finally, my red pill. The world unfolded.

Manilla Envelope

My portal? My ticket? My proof?

But my manilla envelope is empty. I can’t decide if already took the pill or if I need to be taking pills on a more regular basis.

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Adrienne August 16, 2013 1

It depends on what you want, because one pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small.

I will warn you, though: that ones that Mother gives you? Those don’t do anything at all.
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Alex Iwashyna August 16, 2013 2

Maybe I should go ask Alice when she’s 10 feet tall.

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Christine August 16, 2013 3

Who would have thought that living in the suburbs would be so… mysterious??

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Alex Iwashyna August 16, 2013 4

It must be why I’m fitting in so well. Oh wait, you said “mysterious,” not “weird.”

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Chibi Jeebs August 16, 2013 5

Whoa… creepy! O_O

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Chibi Jeebs August 16, 2013 6

P.S. TOTALLY didn’t read this… ;)

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Alex Iwashyna August 16, 2013 7

You’re very good at covering your tracks.

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Katie Sluiter August 16, 2013 8

Adrienne stole my comment…but it doesn’t matter. My comments have been going to spam on everyone’s sites this week so I have just been reading and leaving no evidence of reading…let’s see if this comment gets swept to wherever the red pill is.
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Alex Iwashyna August 18, 2013 9

I can’t top my turkey reply on Twitter so I won’t even try.

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Angela August 17, 2013 10

Of course people read Friday nights!because some people live with their parents right now and have husbands who fall asleep too early and drank too much caffeine.

I hope I get strange manilla envelopes in my new house. And now I want to write a short story about them.
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Alex Iwashyna August 18, 2013 11

You should write a short story! Being such a book nerd, it was almost embarrassing how much I felt like I was about to enter a novel (or movie).

Moving sucks but weird manilla envelopes and loving your house helps. Good luck!

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Carrie (akaLaverne) August 17, 2013 12

Oh our minds are silly, clever, crazy, amazing things. They whisper, and say and tease all kinds of words. But yela they pretty much make us crazy too!!!
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Alex Iwashyna August 18, 2013 13

I love our minds when it’s not 3am or I’m not feeling SO MANY FEELINGS that I’m know I’m not acting/reacting well.

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The Sweetest August 17, 2013 14

The red ones are just Sudafed. Try the white ones.

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Alex Iwashyna August 18, 2013 15

My allergies have been acting up lately…

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dauneobrien August 18, 2013 16

gosh, you had me all excited and anticipatory…sequel?
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Alex Iwashyna August 18, 2013 17

The Random Post-It Note
DUNTDUNTDUN!

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Katie August 18, 2013 18

Dude major creep! Where was the envelope?? I need some more details!

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Alex Iwashyna August 18, 2013 19

It was just sitting in my office. I totally thought it was the start of a book or movie. FINALLY STARRING IN MORE THAN MY OWN MIND! Hahaha

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Walt August 18, 2013 20

Obviously, you’re organizing a Fight Club somewhere.
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Skye August 19, 2013 21

I would have been super freaked out. For about a week (unfortunately, the week I had a final paper due in grad school!) I was completely convinced that there was someone living in our attic. (It turned out to be animals. Which is “someone” but my friends still thought I was crazy because I had started calling it “the woman in the attic”.)

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