#35 Countdown

11:55

Tongue dry, scrapping across even drier lips. An audible rasping sound.

11:56

Every night, the same ritual. Five minutes of preparation.

For years the fear was with him all day.

11:57

Years of therapy and CBT had reduced the life of fear and paranoia to the last five minutes of the day.

11:58

At first it was a day’s fear condensed into five minutes. As time passed he worked harder to take out the fear and just make this a time or readying.

11:59

The last minute though, that was still pure unadulterated terror

12:00

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