heat wrapped itself tightly against her, binding n crushing, threatened to dispose of her skin. as the pain slowly seeped into her brain, her whole body reacted without her control. it hurt more than she had imagined, thinking it will pass, only to be engulfed entirely in its second wave. her insides curled n twirled, on the edge struggling to pop. that very moment, a pair of strong arms draped her from behind. she was suddenly awaken from the nightmare, knowing instantly she was still the luckiest person alive.