Billy woke to the sunlight.
This probably shouldn’t have seemed so unusual; indeed, most people woke with light filtering through their windows.
But for Billy, there was no window. There was no comfortable bed or a blaring alarm.
There was just sunlight, hot and unrelenting, pounding down on him with an intensity he could not fully understand. He could feel it, prickling his skin and saturating into his clothes.
Groaning, he tried to move. There was a movement nearby, and then a voice, barking out an order.
Brow furrowed, Billy tried to open his eyes, squinting against the sunlight as it assaulted his eyes.
He was barely able to make out anything when there was a blur of movement and something slammed into the side of his head.
The impact was jarring and sent him spinning into darkness, despite the glaring sunlight.
Something hit him in the ribs, and he oofed, flopping over until there was nothing holding him up and he fell.
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