The pitch was bright, all hard sun baking wilting astro-turn, the mid crowded with bodies of the enemy. I punted a cautious pass towards my downstream team-mate, calling out his name as the ball left the toe of my shoe and floated over the defenders' heads. He turned, but mis-calculated and the ball bounced, then dribbled toward the enemy.
I pinched, fast and hard, reaching the ball only milliseconds before my opponent. Kicked out, hard and ...
... and hurled myself right off my bed and into the wall, down which I slid to the floor.
From above, I heard Raven cry out, "Honey, what happened? Are you all right?" She burst into laughter when I explained what had happened, and I did too, as I got to my knees, checked for damages (slight scrape on the inside of one thigh), and clambered back onto the bed.
Soccer dreams are all well and good, but somebody's gonna get hurt if this keeps up. A rude awakening indeed.
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