Golden sandy dune, indigo twilight sky. A familiar voice, a flood of relief.
He paced in front of me, kicking sand with his feet.
‘Have you any idea how much trouble you have caused? Any idea at all? Jesus Fucking Christ Eden. You’ve surpassed yourself this time! Talking to people about it? Uploading it online? Trying to attract attention to yourself in the biggest way possible! You would have been in a coma within a second of hitting return. You could have been lost forever, so you’d better have a pretty fucking good explanation prepared because you have pissed a lot of people off. Me especially. Well?’
I bit the side of my cheek, trying to avoid his gaze. I missed you, I thought.
‘You missed me? You missed me? You destroyed the world because you missed me? Well, that’s alright then! The entire history of civilisation, humankind, everything. Erased, all gone. Because you missed me? Any other repressed feelings you’d like to share? Despair perhaps? Or misery? I’m sure that I have a few galaxies lying around not doing much that would benefit hugely from a dose of your emotions. You stupid, selfish moron!’ He grabbed me and shook me harder than I would like.
Anger rose in my chest and I shoved him away from me. ‘ You know, you are usually far nicer to me in this world. It’s been a pretty shitty day truth be told, the very least I’d expect is that my dream-you would be a little kinder.’
‘Oh holy fuck, you think you are dreaming? Have you completely forgotten what is going on here?’
‘What’s going on here is that you are pissing me right off.’ I started walking away.
He caught up to me and gazed deep into my eyes. ‘Seriously Eden, have you forgotten what is going on?’
I shrugged, ‘What is going on?’
‘Fuck!’ He kicked the sand and muttered, ‘Fuck, fuck, fuck. You’ve been under too long’.
‘Too long for what? What the hell?’
‘Hell. Exactly.’ He shook me again, ‘Eden, seriously, I need you to remember’.
‘Remember what? You are talking crazy. And to be honest you are scaring me a little’.
‘I can’t tell you. It has to come from you. You have to trust me. You don’t need to be scared – well actually you do- but not if you remember. Quickly.’
‘Trust you? Are you kidding? Almost everything that comes out of your mouth is a lie’.
‘If it wasn’t I wouldn’t need you to trust me. Please. Try.’
‘I am trying’, I said through gritted teeth. ‘But you’re not exactly being helpful.’
‘You’d be surprised.’
‘Really? If this is helpful, can we skip obtuse?’
‘You know, you are really quite funny when you are angry’.
‘Can you fuck off and starting talking sensible?’
He sighed, ‘No. I can’t and you have no idea how much I wish I could.’ He leaned forward and touched his forehead to mine. ‘The point is you have to remember. That is the key to everything’.
‘The way you said everything, it sounded like everything. Trust me, nothing in my head is that important.’
He squeezed my hands. ‘You are going to wake up now. You cannot forget that you need to remember. You have to take this memory with you’.
‘You said I wasn’t dreaming!’
‘I might have lied’.
‘I hate you’.
‘I often feel the same. Now…wake up Eden’.