The alarm clock rang at six in the morning. He sat on his bed,
trying to focus, pushed the button on the clock to disable the
alarm. Sat there for a minute, then little by little started
getting out of his pyjamas. Stood up to take off the pants.
Completely naked, he stepped on the soft white carpet in the
middle of his room. Slowly bent forward to touch his toes, while
keeping the legs straight, then bent further and hugged his legs.
His vertebrae produced a series of short popping sounds, warmth
and light dizziness rushed to his head.
He held the position until the world became clear again, breathing
deeply, then slowly returned back to the standing position, raised
his hands in the air, put his palms together in the gesture of
prayer and began to arch backwards, further and further, all the
way until the tips of his fingers touched the carpet.
He patiently walked his fingers toward his feet, grabbed the
ankles, pulled. His lower back pressed firmly against his butt's
cheeks, the ribcage expanded more, the head went right through the
legs. He held it for a couple of minutes, breathing, varying the
pressure and studying the sophisticated ornament on the carpet to
keep his mind distracted while his backbone was regaining its
flexibility after the night of sleep.
He started getting back to the standing position, patiently
unbending his spine at a very slow pace. His muscles were getting
warmer and warmer. He slowly repeated the forward and backward
bendings fifteen times, each time increasing the amplitude of his
body's arch, until he reached his regular flexibility range
achieved in five years of everyday exercises and could touch his
buttocks with his forehead while bending forward and get his
thighs under his armpits while bending backwards.
His breathing was calm but his extremely expanded ribcage was
gradually getting defined more and more with every breath as he
strained his body to bend himself a bit further. Soon his arms
started to shake a little bit because of the tension and he took a
minute break, trying to relax as much as possible. Without getting
out of the backbend, he walked his legs next to the wall with a
ladder on it and managed to grab one of the ladder's bars. After
getting used, he grabbed a higher bar.
It took him almost five minutes to get close to the highest bar he
could reach from the position, all his muscles were tense to the
limit and his joints barely managed to keep his body parts
connected. His body refused to stretch any more, but he could feel
that the highest bar was only one inch away. His pulled himself
together and stood on his toes to finally reach and hold onto the
Once he managed to get a good grasp of the bar, the position
became much more bearable. His heart was still pounding like
crazy, he waited until his heartrate lowered under 100 bpm, then
went back to stretching.
His slender but toned body shone with sweat. The skin on his chest
and belly stretched so much that it was almost impossible to
breathe while holding the ultimate angle, so every once in a while
he would bend his knees slightly to release the tension, allowing
himself several deep inhales, then straighten his legs again.
The amplitude of the stretch was increasing and he suddenly pulled
himself so far that he heard a ringing sound in his head. He took
a little break and tried to pull again but heard another one. He
slowly sat on his bed, trying to focus. The alarm clock was
ringing. He pushed the button on the clock to disable the alarm.
It was six in the morning. Something was laying next to his
pillow. He picked up a little picture. He found it yesterday on
the internet, printed it and took it in bed for a closer study.
Without getting out of his pyjamas, he walked out of his room,
went to the bathroom, peed, washed his hands and face, brushed his
teeth. Went to the kitchen to prepare a light breakfast, then got
back to his room and turned on his PC to blog that weird dream he
just saw. The web bro still displayed that picture he printed
yesterday. He dragged the picture to his blog and began to type
next to it...