I was quietly sleeping, snug in bed, having a very entertaining dream. The silence was pierced at 4:40am, with loud, teckno screeching. The trip from sleep to awake was shorter than the moments it took to realize it was the smoke detector was sending the alarm. My sweet Bella was beside herself with distress so I took the time to hug her. Then started looking for fire or smoke but found neither. Apparently the alarm goes off when the battery is getting low although it had enough power to shatter my world. Loud noise hinders my ability to think and this was really loud. After finding a sturdy chair and climbing up to get the offending thing from the wall, I could not remember how to open it. I pulled and tugged and twisted to no avail. At this point I congratulate myself for not taking a hammer to it to shut it up but I thought about it. I stopped to take a few relaxation breaths and calm down in spite of the noise. Once I put my glasses on, the battery door became more obvious and after ripping out the battery, silence returned. Ahh so lovely. I tried to go back to sleep which was not happening so I wrote this. Maybe someone else if finishing my dream.