early wake up call

This morning at 4:34am, after a night of trying to sleep and waking up from dreams repeatedly, I was wired awake by a noise that got louder and louder.  It was a dragging noise, I thought, like someone dragging a large machine along the pavement with a tow vehicle.  Then came the smell, a strong burning rubber smell.  I pulled open my blind and looked outside to see a vehicle turning left at the intersection outside my window.  It was still dark outside, so I couldn’t make out what kind of vehicle it was.

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