of dreams iii

There’s a radioactive horseman who rises every Friday and wipes out people by exposure. It’s called the syncope. He carries no weapons. The survivors are genetically altered forever.

There are underground shelters and chutes and when the horseman comes, they go into the chutes. The chute entrances are in labyrinthine houses, built to confuse the horseman. The horseman cannot enter the houses.

The genetically altered survivors fall into three categories; the insane, the crippled and the unscathed. The unscathed have an inexplicable hunger for sweets. You cannot trust them to not eat every single sweet thing in the vicinity as soon as you turn your back. They’re said to be in jessmode.

Is the horseman a horseman? No one knows. He rises out of the ground and you run.

There are guards outside the labyrinthine houses. They are the only ones who don’t run. The horseman does not harm them. The guards wear all black. They have machine guns that are ineffective against a supernatural being. Why doesn’t the horseman harm them?

Earth has changed in two hundred years. There’s a lot of dust. There’s a lot of undrinkable water. People come to earth in time capsules and are confused. Is this really Earth, they ask. Are you sure? Earth isn’t like this. Are we in space?

We are not in space.

The horseman rises and a girl is too late. The doors to the labyrinthine houses are closing. She pleads with a guard to let her in. It can’t be done. The doors are closed.

The guard asks the horseman to spare the girl. It’s the first time anyone has ever spoken to the horseman.

The horseman opens the door to the labyrinthine house and walks in. The girl and the guard look at each other. Does the horseman have access to the other labyrinthine houses and underground shelters, the girl asks. No, the guard answers. He does not. The shelters are not interconnected.

The girl weeps to think of the innocent people in the shelters below who believe themselves safe, who have Death marching to meet them.

The guard takes off her helmet and drops her gun. Her face is hard. She seals the doors.

Who is the horseman? Where does he go?

Is it the same horseman? Does a new horseman rise out of the ground every Friday? Is he a product of the toxic ground we walk on? Is he a product of human experiments? Is somebody responsible or is he a monster, born out of collective human failure?

Will he rise again on Friday?

2 thoughts on “of dreams iii

  1. Compelling dream! Out of curiosity, to you attempt to decipher your dreams, or do you allow them to remain as they present themselves? Speaking for myself, I decode some when I have time, while others, I prefer to allow to remain “untouched”.


    1. I used to be really into dream interpreting and keeping dream diaries when i was in my early teens. i kept it up for years, and then i eventually quit attempting to decipher them, because most of the time the handbooks i’d gotten on dream interpretations didn’t work for me and never would. 😛 these days i can usually tell when a dream is just meaninglessly processing stuff i’ve experienced recently or when it’s something else. however, during those years of intense dream diaries and dream studies, i did achieve two very pleasant sideeffects that still work! one, i remember my dreams with clarity every morning and two, lucid dreaming. for the most part my dreams are lucid, but whether i actively choose to influence a dream or not depends on the dream. if i’m bored, or if something happens that doesn’t suit me, i’ll change it (last time that happened i was being chased by a viking army led by loki, but my own army was tired and in the middle of a swamp, so i pretty much just said ‘no, i will not have it’ and made loki’s army turn around and leave us alone and changed the swamp into a nice grassy field. we had lunch. then marched on.), but i prefer to let it run its own course and see what happens.

      this particular one was really fascinating so i pretty much just laid back and waited to see what happened. i can say though, the only reason there’s a horseman in it is because i’ve been watching sleepy hollow over the course of the past few weeks. i finished season two just two days ago.


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