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At 200 AM on Tuesday morning I was awakened by an uneasiness that was being caused by the hot temperature in the room Sweating I thought Am I sick Beside me slept Cheyenne and below me slept my noiseless drowsy brother on the lower stage of the bunk bed The room was lightly lit I assumed the lamp next to my head that had been covered with a thin blanket to dim the light was causing the glow I began to stir and rolled over in discomfort I realized it wasnt the hot temperature that was bothering me so much as the toxic smell of plastic burning Unconsciously I pulled back the covers being careful not to disturb the sleeping child beside me and grabbed a hold of the black metal frame of my bed My reflexes reacted quickly and I released my grip The hot metal had burned my hand In that short second I turned my head without taking a breath and saw that a fire was dancing up the side of the wall trailing black ash behind it Cheyenne I whispered not knowing whether I should be waking her up or leaving her to sleep Cheyenne wake up Please wake up I grabbed her arms and tossed her body until her heavy eyelids cracked open What are you doing Why did you wake me up she questioned still dozy with sleep and num with warmth Go get Shelley I told her in a serious but worried tone Tell her to come here The second phrase wasnt as concrete for my voice wavered with uncertainty and fear Cheyenne climbed down the ladder skipping the last few notches of metal and jumping to the ground In a hurry to get away from the heat and smoke I did the same I was in a complete panic by now and used no gentleness or caution in awaking my brother Zach wake up wake up Startled
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