November 1978

Barbara sat slumped at her desk one Friday evening, feeling rather frazzled after weeks of reviewing notes and maintaining a critical mindset in preparation for upcoming exams.

"Well, I guess this is it. I need a freakin' drink..."

She stood up with much difficulty as a result of her numb legs and slowly shuffled towards the dorm fridge, which was half filled with cheap beer for the sole purpose of bringing relief to law students such as herself.

She deliriously reached for one of the ice cold bottles while already imagining the amber beverage upon her chapped lips, only to remember some virtuous advice from her high school friend Kevin.

"You booze, you lose. You get hammered, you get slammered..."

She slammed the fridge door shut and instead opted for water before planting herself on the sofa beside a similarly exhausted roommate to watch television.

The commercial break came to an end and it soon became clear that some holiday special was about to be aired, despite Thanksgiving being a week away.

Steve placed the receiver up to his ear and waited restlessly to hear from his former sweetheart for the first time in a month, though all that greeted him for a minute were ragged gasps.

"Barbara, are you there? Please tell me you're alright..."

"Stir, whip. Stir, whip. Beat..."


"He...he looked like a living doll..."

"Who looked like a doll? What's going on?!"

"Mermaids shouldn't mate with furry beasts!"

Steve paused in shock before taking a deep breath and calmly trying to speak with her again. The line abruptly died however and he was left standing dumbstruck in the telephone booth.

Amateur dealer Miguel didn't have very many clients, so it came as a surprise when he was approached around midnight by a respectable looking young woman with feathered hair and modest attire.

A closer look though made it clear that her eyes were bloodshot and baggy from either tiredness or inebriation.

She blinked at him like a deer in the headlights, before unexpectedly shifting to a look of pure determination as she pulled a knife on him.

"I need to get back to reality. Now."