The False Alarm by Jennifer Carr

 I remember being in the indoor public swimming pool at the local gym club when the strangest thing happened to me.

There was myself and about 15 other people in the pool on that Saturday morning. I was there by myself and I didn’t know or recognize any of the other people in the pool. Some were swimming and there were a couple people playing Marco Polo. A few were swimming laps. There was a lifeguard wearing a red swimsuit standing on the concrete pool deck walking back and forth.

Suddenly, everyone stopped what they were were doing and immediately began jumping out of the pool. I continued treading water. Then my attention was drawn to the brass bell on the wall. 

“Brrring” the bell sounded loudly.

I wondered why the bell was ringing and why people were scrambling to get out of the pool. I looked around and I was the only one left in the water.

I swam up to the edge of the shallow end and called out to the lifeguard, “What’s going on? Why is the bell ringing?”

He looked at me with a strange but  amused look on his face and said, “That’s not the bell ringing…it’s your alarm clock, stupid!”

I looked up at the wall and there was no bell ringing and I looked around and I saw no other swimmers. I was alone in the entire pool area and at that moment, I opened my eyes and realized I was not in the pool after all; but, in my bed and right there next to me, my alarm clock was going off and going off and going off…just waiting for me to get up and turn it off to begin my day. 

Jennifer Carr lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her partner and two children. She is an EMT, Firefighter, Poet and Author. When she is not working at the local hospital or firehouse, she spends way too much time reading and writing. Her poetry and fiction has been published in print and in on-line publications. Jennifer loves flying by her own wings and looks for any opportunity to soar to new heights.

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