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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sometimes I'd rather stay in dreamland

"My alarm didn't go off this morning," I say to no one in particular as I drive down the little alley next to my apartment building. Then I try again, "My alarm mysteriously didn't go off this morning."

And that's when I realize I'm doing it. I'm practicing my conversations out loud, like they do on TV. I scoff at myself a little and shake my head, and a mostly imperceptible grin pulls at the corners of my mouth.

It's not like anyone at work will care anyway. Hell, I'll probably still beat most of them to the office. I am blessed to work in an office of mostly non-morning people, and those of us who are morning people don't exactly feel the pull of urgency to get to work bright and early.

As far as I can tell, my alarm really didn't go off this morning. I remember Ian planting a kiss on my cheek at 0-dark-hundred and then stealing away to his most heinous workplace that forces its employees to work during the hour of 7. The next thing I know, I'm waiting with some friends in a house in dreamland, each of us armed to the teeth. We know the enemy is coming, and no measure of fortification will keep them out. You can't beat the supernatural. It's only a matter of time.

Then I open my eyes, and the clock stares back at me with 9:41 written on its face. Shit. Now I'll never know if we made it out alive.



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9 comments:

sovknight said...

I like this post. :)

Does it seem like you always have the best and most lucid dreams right before you wake up for the day? Although I never remember mine, it seems from the flashed that I do recall that late morning dreams are the best.

Sra said...

Thanks :)

Yes, I'd say the morning dreams are most vivid and memorable. But I do recall having vivid dreams in the middle of the night, I just usually can't remember what happens by the time I wake up. And I think I only know if I have vivid dreams in the middle of the night if I wake up after them and then go back to sleep. The closer a dream is to morning the more likely I am to remember it.

matches said...

"And there I found myself again...reading the blog like I've done so many times before...but this time it felt...different. There must me a message in here somewhere to me. Maybe the clock is symbolic of me...pressing matters before people are ready. Maybe I am the enemy in the dream without an ending. I don't know where or how, but somehow there is a message waiting for me, and I must crack the code before all of humanity dies at the hands of the others....."

B.R. said...

Another good thing some of us troubled sleepers contribute to the collective narrative is our incoherent but oh-so-literary dreams. I liked this. I got it. Experientially.

Sra said...

Matches: Is that a quote from somewhere that just magically fits this post? Or are you air-quoting your comment? :) In any case, thanks, I appreciate it.

B.R.: Good, I'm glad you got it and liked it. Very glad.

I've had such a hard time writing lately for some reason. Maybe I'm coming out of it now.

Trovan said...

This is a good post. Almost like the beginning of a novel.

I love dreams, and really wished I could remember more of mine. Some of my best story ideas are plagiarized from my dreams.

Sra said...

Thanks, Trovan. Some of my best ideas come from dreams too. I don't know if it's possible to plagiarize your own mind, though :)

Sra said...

Matches: Is that a quote from somewhere that just magically fits this post? Or are you air-quoting your comment? :) In any case, thanks, I appreciate it.

B.R.: Good, I'm glad you got it and liked it. Very glad.

I've had such a hard time writing lately for some reason. Maybe I'm coming out of it now.

Sra said...

Thanks :)

Yes, I'd say the morning dreams are most vivid and memorable. But I do recall having vivid dreams in the middle of the night, I just usually can't remember what happens by the time I wake up. And I think I only know if I have vivid dreams in the middle of the night if I wake up after them and then go back to sleep. The closer a dream is to morning the more likely I am to remember it.

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