Although I couldn’t see her eyes, hidden behind the dark sunglasses, Doctor Phaer was one stunning lady… Maybe that’s why I paid attention to her soothing voice…

Otherwise, she was no different from the psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, gurus, quacks and charlatans I met over the years in my quest for help and relief.  Or was she?

I was desperate.  Imagine this: you are living your life, a normal functioning adult, healthy and happy, with a career and a family… and then you start having trouble sleeping.  You’re sleeping a little less all the time, taking progressively more meds to help. After maybe a year, you literally cannot sleep. At all. Not a wink aside from confusing snatches of semi-consciousness. Sleep aids don’t help anymore, but only increase the misery. The lack of sleep is killing you. You are becoming infinitely tired, and your entire body and mind are suffering exponential fatigue. And it’s getting worse… They labelled my condition as an extremely rare genetic disorder where the ability to sleep disintegrates over time.

Doctor Phaer listened even more attentively as I told her that I’d do anything for a week of good sleep.

“Anything?” her red painted lips whispered seductively, while I frantically nodded my answer.

I didn’t read the disclaimer form she pushed towards me.  I only grabbed her gold pen and signed my name in red ink.  I didn’t take any notice of the sting in my index finger or my blood staining the form…

I didn’t expect the red tablets she gave me to work but for the first time in years I had a night of wonderful, uninterrupted sleep.  And the one after too…

I was back in Doctor Phaer’s office on the last day in October.  How could I thank her for this miracle?  She hadn’t mentioned a fee, yet.  I stumbled on my thanks, offered her money.  She only smiled and pushed the disclaimer form towards me again.

“You have already paid me.  It’s all here in writing and you signed it.  You haven’t asked me my first name, Mr Faust.  It’s Lucy…”

0 0 votes
Post Rating
Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.

Support our Family-Friendly Mission

Our vision of a new Internet is family-friendly, elegant and educated. 

If Voice.club has enhanced your life, if you've enjoyed the stories, the comments and the wonderful community, we ask you to help keep our vision thriving!  

Your donations keep Voice.club alive!
16 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Voice-Team
Admin
Voice-Team (@voice-team)
25 days ago

A tale deftly crafted from everyone’s awful experience of sleeplessness, with a classic folded in. A shivery surprise at the end!

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
1 month ago

Only yesterday I mentioned to a friend that I wish I didn’t sleep so I had more time to get things done – I take it back! I loved the build up, Greene, knowing Dr Phaer had a devious plan but puzzled until it became clear. But the spookiest thing for me was the name, very similar to my Dad’s doctor and one I’ve seen as well. Fortunately, a very nice man! Well done Greene, I really enjoyed it 🙂

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

A very clever story Greene, thoroughly enjoyed it; well paced and loved the play on words with the name. I can certainly empathise with your protagonist and would consider signing my name too, even knowing the doctor’s identity 😜. Very nicely done.

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
1 month ago

Love it, Greene! I didn’t see the symbolism of the doctor’s name until she gave us her first name – then everything clicked. Another great Faustian story! May we all sleep well, or learn to enjoy our insomnia, knowing the alternative.

Happy Halloween 💀

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 month ago

Hi Greene
I find the end of the story very convincing. Great!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

A very cleverly composed and written story, Greene. It takes some thinking to connect the dots, but it pays off. Your description of the effects of insomnia is outstanding!

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago
Reply to  Greene M Wills

It’s a good thing we have our voice.club stories for those long, sleepless nights, Greene. “Insomnia is a nightmare” sounds like a funny (or not that funny) contradiction. Did you just make that up?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
28 days ago

Hello, Greene. It was a great ending. The ending answers all the questions that formed in my mind while reading. So satisfying and cleverly made. Great work.

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
27 days ago
Reply to  Greene M Wills

You’re welcome, Greene.

Most Voted Comments

Avatar
8

Bait

It takes a real talent to tell a story in so few words. What was…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Inspirational piece. Am glad you picked the rat to be the protagonist in your story,…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Such a sweet tale - and with a good moral to the story. I thought…


Avatar
5

Endure and Sing

Wow! This is a good story! Really good to read to little kids, the moral…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, it really does add an extra dimension to hear your story read aloud…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

In my neighboring country Denmark, we have the classical storyteller Hans-Christian Andersen. Your sweet story…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A really nice one with a wonderful story line. I can see why this was…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A beautiful story! I was reminded of seeing Paul Potts and Susan Boyle on Britain's…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Your story inspired me to keep going no matter how discouraging it gets. At times…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you so much for the feedback! I pray that the young readers will be…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you for taking the time to comment and convey your thoughts on the story.…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, don't we all feel like the rat in your story at times! We…


Avatar
4

Vows

I must admit it was the picture of the church, with its grave yard, under…


Avatar
3

In Memoriam

It's terrible to lose someone you love and accept that he is not a part…


Avatar
3

The Problem with Women

I think Carrie has said it all. We rest our collective case.  ? 


Avatar
3

The Fisherman and the Sea

A good story with a strong message. The time has come that we should do…


Avatar
3

The Fisherman and the Sea

It is giving me great joy to read such beautiful comments from you.Thank you for…


Avatar
3

Voice.club 2020 Year In Review – OPEN

The New Year has always been a time for reflection, and to focus on what…


Mary Kot
3

Endure and Sing

I wish all of us were more like this little mouse! His confidence and courage…


Avatar
3

Endure and Sing

I'm really glad to hear that! Leena Auckel did an amazing job and I'm so…


Recent Comments


Become a PatronHelp support our family-friendly mission

Contest – CLOSED – Scary

16
0
Selected Authors may submit comments (5 Credits)x
()
x
Scroll to Top

Sharing a Post

Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. Only club members can read posts submitted into a contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!

Gems Stories are public:  On the other hand the Gem stories are different, since there is no voting on Gems. During a Gem event, your friends and fans can come on and read without a SignIn. This is one of the great advantages of the Gem events.