Strange, vivid dream last night:
******* and I became powerful celestial beings, and we went on a grand Solar System tour. As I was showing her the Galilean moons by name, I told her not to land on Europa because we might disturb the life there. Suddenly, we saw strange creatures — sort of like Stephen King’s Langoliers — only with plaid skin, floating around Jupiter’s upper atmosphere. “Look!” I said, “wild vacuum-breathing beasts from Rhode Island! We have to get away!”
“How did they get here from Rhode Island?” ******* asked as we fled, nasty gnashing beasts chasing us away into outer space.
“Earth must have been destroyed,” I said, “We need to get back and see.”
We returned to Earth, but it was still there.
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Upon returning, I was put in a medium-security mental institution, where they kept me for ten years. I actually felt the ten years go by in my dream, with much drama and tears. But my room had a TV, carpeted floors, and a soft bed, so I was happy. At the end of it, the warden showed me my status report, and told me I had made amazing progress from the malnourished, raving schizophrenic I had been when I was committed.
I was free to go, but the black steel gates were still tied shut with knotted rubber bands. A pair of rollerbladers glided past outside. As I attempted to undo the knots, a young man with Parkinson’s sat behind me, talking about Jesus. I tried to share the Gospel message with him, but I don’t think he was getting it so I just left him a tract.
I opened the gates, and suddenly woke up, annoyed that I was no longer a powerful celestial being and wondering how floating beasts from Rhode Island could possibly breathe the vacuum of space.
Then I woke up. Yes, it was one of those dreams.