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Flawed but Willing by Khurshed Dehnugara

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INTRODUCTION

HOW THIS ALL BEGAN

I have woken up, a little dazed, on my sofa. Strange – I thought I had taken myself back to my bed in time to avoid falling asleep in front of the TV. I am disorientated and my heart is beating quite fast. I’m anxious, it’s a feeling I’ve been carrying for a while, I recognize the impact on my body but, in this early hour of the morning, it is elevated somehow. All my senses are heightened and I can hear a scratching noise. It isn’t pleasant, something is under the floorboards. I have an extreme phobia of rats; please don’t let it be a rat.

I do what I imagine a lot of scared people do: I lie frozen – absolutely still – hoping that when I tune in again the scratching will have gone and silence will have returned. ...

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