That’s Institutionalized is a blog series about inmates. The series showcases the anonymous writings of offenders in Virginia. The writings include narrative accounts on past lives, convictions, dreams, and future plans.
Below is an anonymous dream written by an inmate.
Let me tell you about this dream I had.
I was walking through an apartment complex with a couple of guys and a girl that lived at the same apartment complex as me. I’m normally on my P’s & Q’s when I am walking through an unfamiliar place, can never be too careful. Even though I’m at an unfamiliar place, I see some familiar faces. I’m on guard because I do not get along with every one of those familiar faces. Their eyes make me tighten up my back with caution. So, being the person that I am, I do my best to keep it cool and see exactly how things play out. I learned the hard way to be extra cautious in certain situations. While I’m aware of what is going on around me, I’m thinking of a solution. The girl we were with made a right around one of the apartment buildings, this is when I know I need to make a move. In the mist of turning the corner, I heard war calls. This means they are coming…and fast. I realized instantly this girl set us up. Shooters came out of the breezeway, into sight. That is when I realized that I was trapped. And soon after, into the dark heat of the night…pop, pop, pop.