Last Night’s Dream…

I was mad. There was no question about that. Anybody watching could’ve seen the meltdown in my eyes, smelled it coming from ears. I was walking and hoping nobody would follow me. Then I ran into her.

From the back she looked like any other girl that might make a guest appearance in any given dream. Then she turned her head and I realized…she was Webster’s definition of homely. I didn’t mind. Even in REM sleep, I wasn’t feeling dream-randy.

She was playing catch with her dad, like an even younger girl in my future life would. I caught her eye and offered a walking invitation. She accepted without saying anything to me or Dad. We walked for three suburban blocks (blocks that were as bland and as homely as she was) without saying a word. I watched her unbrushed hair brush itself against her shoulders, her mouth turn more and more into a frown.

When she started talking, I realized, she was as mad as I was. Maybe more. That fact made less angry. I listened but couldn’t figure out exactly why she was mad. She didn’t make much sense, and I only knew that the more she talked, the more I hated her dad. I forgot why I was mad and just listened, not understanding, but listening nonetheless.

We walked through that old suburb, up the street, back. She had cooled off and I had somehow fallen in love. I didn’t know her name. I couldn’t understand a thing she was saying. It didn’t matter. I didn’t care. I wasn’t mad. She wasn’t mad.

If only dreams weren’t controlled by some sweating, angry, bored being, I could’ve woken up happy.

The three men slunked toward us. They weren’t suburban. They were cracked sidewalks, tree-less streets, steamy manholes, and honking cabs. They were happy to be angry.

Before my sleep-riddled mind could figure out how, they were on us. Their leader–a toothey man with a stocking cap–pressed a .22 to her head. He pulled the trigger and she exploded.

I wanted to help, to put her back together, to make the men angry that they were angry. I couldn’t. I ran. Toothey shot. The bullet burned into my back. I kept running, leaving the girl who was angry to be angry–and happy to be happy–all over the suburban street.

I spent the last few fitful hours of sleep dreaming of a way to convince an absetminded doctor that I needed surgery.

I woke up with the bullet still in my back.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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  1. September 12, 2008

    […] Rapid Eye Reality first post–The entire concept behind this blog at its outset was to record my night’s dream and compare it to the reality of the next day. While I still think that’s a halfway neat concept, it’s a bit restrictive. I mean, the dream I had last night was that my wife was encouraging me to get reacquainted with my steamiest high school fling. The reality, I can only assume, would be far different. […]

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