This is the first actual short story I ever wrote. When I was around maybe 10-12 years old, I woke up one morning from a nightmare and, much like Stephen King before me, got out of bed right away to get it jotted down on paper while it was still fresh in my memory. This story is the result. It was finally published in a student magazine Porphyra back in 1995. This is a scan of the story as it was published in that magazine. Please enjoy.