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Fermius Firefly

A Dream Log, whenever I remember the dreams I've had.

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Location: San Marcos, United States

Fermius is a pen name drawn from a series of short fiction I wrote when I published the small press magazine Stellanova (on paper.) I play RPG games to escape from my daily grind as a technology wage slave for the state of California. I eat out a lot in order to do my part in supporting our increasingly service level economy. I am butler to 2 feline masters. If you ask them they will tell you I'm not very good at it, late with dinner, don't have enough hands with brushes in them, and sometimes I even lock them out of their office.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Home Invasion Nightmare

        Last night was a night for nightmares. The one I remember involved a pair of ski mask wearing robbers breaking in. N was propped up in bed from her surgery and I had just stepped out of the shower. Things got violent. Apparently robbers dont expect naked people to fight back.

        This dream was very much the exception to my normal guns dont work for me theme. I handed the robber Ns jewelry box to distract him from her calling 911. I was able to grab the robbers gun hand and force him to shoot himself several times until he let go of the gun. Lots of details in this dream, such as, I noticed that robber was left-handed. I was then able to force the other robber to surrender, even though I really just wanted to shoot him, I didnt think I would be able to get away with that. N was all ready on the phone with the Sheriff’s department. (And I was pretty sure they could hear everything.)

        This was also one of those highly detailed dreams where I could feel the air moving across me, my wet hair hitting my back and shoulders, and I could smell the robbers body odor despite his antiperspirant. I could feel the weight and texture of Ns jewelry box, (I had tipped it before handing it to the robber so it was off balance, which is how I was able to distract him enough to grab his gun hand.)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Bruce Bond

        I dreamed I was driving the bat-mobile off of a ferry behind a large group of pedestrians. While most of them managed to find their way to the sidewalk, there was one woman who couldnt seem to get out of the road. I finally rolled down my window and asked if she needed a lift somewhere.

        Fourth street, she said, referring to a piece of official looking paper.

        I am headed there, myself. I opened up the passenger door and she walked around the front of the car and got in. Theres going to be a little bit of a detour, a shortcut, really.

        I pulled over into a narrow ally and we dropped about 15 feet in just a couple of seconds. I drove through the underground tunnel to where I parked under the Bond building, on Fourth Street.

        I never knew this was here!

        Its a private driveway.

        When I got out I realized there was something out of order in my garage and signaled her to stay put. I closed up the car, including the window shields and stepped into the dark garage. Before I could reach the light switch I was attacked by two hooded intruders. I concentrated on protecting myself from their blows as much as possible, while collecting tissue samples for testing later. I was glad they were not armed with guns. They left me bleeding on the floor, seriously cut up and bruised, but alive. They raced out into the morning, satisfied with the damage theyd caused.

        My passenger opened up the car and raced to my side. I didnt know if she was part of this or not until I realized she was on the phone with the police and trying to get me to tell her the address.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Scene Construction, Navigating by Eye

        I had two memorable dreams last night. In the first I found myself back at my old work site. The kids were putting on the 15th Visions and Voices and construction was underway on five different shows at once. I decided to make a tour of the sets, just for old times’ sake.

        Unfortunately, some of the scenery wasnt being put together with performer safety in mind, so I asked to talk to the construction leads and the designers, as the drama teacher wasnt available. While I was waiting for them a little 2 or three year old with curly red hair jumped up on my lap out of nowhere. We chatted for a little while and she decided that I had to meet her mother. To find out if you can be my new daddy.

        This made me chuckle, I tried to explain that it really didnt work that way, and I might be better suited to be her grandpa may be. Her mother turned out to be the prettiest red-haired freckle faced woman Ive ever seen. The three of us finished touring the set construction with the construction leads, as she was the sort of parent volunteer, as her kid was in one of the plays. She was, in fact, single, and since she knew me all ready, she told her daughter not to rush things, we would think about it.

        I sort of brushed that off and got to the business of making sure the huge upstage wall that was being constructed was properly braced so it wouldnt fall and crush anyone. I met with the designer and suggested that they might try a lower wall with the door in it, with a batten drop for the upper portion. I grabbed a sheet of paper to illustrate how that would work. The two year old grabbed an oil pastel and helped color it in.

        Youre really good with her, the mom observed, but I should have known you would be.

        This morning, I dreamed I was laying in my bunk, looking out through the upper dome as we accelerated on our journey into the vast deep of space. I began to try to identify some of the stars through the tens of thousands that were visible. I called up a program to chart the current position of our probes, and to collate some of what they were seeing. We were looking for planets which, if they couldnt directly support life, they could be mined for materials and energy so that we could continue our search. We had recently made some progress in material composites that would allow us to build another ark, but with nearly one third less mass.

        I watched the computer overly the current position of the probes and the solid line for their previous path and a sort of translucent cone for their future possible courses. Even as I was doing my work, I couldnt help but think that our first orbital insertion would be overseen by our children, and that the new ark we built, the prototype, anyway, would likely be a retirement colony.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bride and Groom, Jungle, Meteorus (Clip Show)

              Bride and Groom, I dreamed Thursday morning of being at a party in a public place where there was also a wedding reception happening. On our way out of our gathering we all poked are heads in and offered a toast to the happiness of the new couple. The bride, with a really cute short blond haircut, was about six inches taller than her groom, and her heals were only an inch or so. She had a delightful smile, just absolutely charming. Then we went on our way, and the dream ended.
              Another dream, another forest, lots of action but no discernible plot other than trying to stay away from the swinging vines that were really snakes and not vines at all.
              Then another dream, this time I was with N on El Norte Parkway, headed for home when we passed a beat up dark blue vehicle with the groom and his bride arguing. Their car sputtered and they pulled over to the side of the road. I asked N to stop, as I felt that we should do something for them. The way the bride smiled when we walked up made me think they were in for a rather long haul as a couple.

              Friday's dreams are lost to the hubbub of an unusually busy day.

              Saturday morning, I woke from a dream where I was Meteorus, patched skin, hand tailored clothing, and gravelly undead voice and all. I was stalking a group of muggers in a gas-lit alleyway. The muggers had been terrorizing the locals for about two weeks, and I had been hired to clear them out. I doubted that they would attack an obviously powerful mage, so had chosen to stalk the alleyway while invisible. Turned out to be a wise choice. When I stepped into the alleyway, they were also invisible, thus placing them in the same phase as myself. I laughed and summoned my stooges (mirror images in the WoW universe.) That made things five on five and the battle was far shorter than I expected. I was shot a couple of times, but, being undead has its perks, one of them being that little bullets don't actually stop you.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Fey Assult on Medical Building.

        I dreamed I was in a recently abandoned medical building. (Went to the dentist yesterday, so I know where that came from.) I was with a small group of people who had sought shelter from the weirdness going on outside. Centaurs and other fey creatures were on a rampage, tossing cars around, chasing people, pulling hair and tripping them.

        We wandered through the building, looking for a good place to set up camp for a bit, someplace where we could barricade the hallways and allow us to defend ourselves if we needed to.

        I tried to explain that the Fey would not come into the building after us, so we really didn’t need to worry that much. One woman took a very vocal opposition to my statement.

        I then explained that I was preventing them from entering. She didn’t believe me, of course, so I asked what it would take to prove it to her. While she was thinking up an angry retort, I stole her clothes, leaving her cute round body in white lacey lingerie that was a nice contrast to her dark hair (which was cut into a little bob with a under flip just below her ears.) I also couldn’t help notice that she had cute full lips and chocolate brown eyes.

        When she finished complaining that there was no such thing as psychic powers I held up her clothes.  The resulting tussle was very exciting and I did make my point. She ended up in a frilly white dress with red polka dots. She also ended up being much more pleasant.

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Library Lady, Old Journals

        This is the second night in a row that I dreamed of the red-haired Library Lady. LL and I were sitting together in the dark library watching a re-run of an old Science Fiction television show, one that I believe has no actual tape available. Still, there we were, snuggled up together, watching very old, very bad television.

        “At least the performers are going at the material with gusto.”

        “They’d have had more luck with a paper shredder,” the LL replied.  I could tell she was enjoying the show, though.

        I opened up another window and discovered that I had new files to review. We’d set up the automated scanner to scan in several of my old journals, and the process had finished, leaving me with several .pdf files and a ton of .xml markups of whatever the OCR software could figure out. I wasn’t expecting much, as I had written in several different styles during the time I had been journaling, sometimes all on the same page.

        I opened up the first file, and although the handwriting was obviously mine, I couldn’t remember a bit of what was written there. There were notes for a video game that seemed to involve a tentacle alien harvesting “love” from the nearby human population in order to refuel its space pod. There were notes about N and our lawyers (I quickly skipped over that part,) and notes about which cats were going where, as we had to find homes for 4 of the cats, as we could each only keep two each.

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Ice Road to KO in a Box

              I dreamed I was driving over to the island where my girlfriend lived. The city was covered with snow and the roads were icy. There were two spans of bridge to cross and the bridge was also covered with ice. The heater in my car didn't work well, and so I was bundled up, but apparently not enough because I was still freezing.
              After the first span of bridge, and sliding a couple of times, I stopped on the first little island and got out to check the chains. They were iced over the iced over tires. I couldn't stand being outside the car for more than a minute at a time, so kept having to hop back in and hold my hands over the heat vent. I managed to break some of the ice off of the chains and then moved the litter buckets around in the back of the car to put more weight over the wheels. I didn't know if it would really help, as the car was a front wheel drive.
              I managed to stay on the second bridge span to make it into the small town where the girlfriend lived. When I got to her apartment, she had a box in the front room. I opened it up and KO, a former HS classmate was tucked inside. She smiled and asked me to help get her out of there as she was pretty stiff.
              I told her she was pretty limber for someone who was fifty, and complimented her on the fact that she looked about thirty. The three of us sat and chatted for quite a bit about our time in high school and it came out that KO's and my first kiss were one and the same. We both had the same reaction, too. It was very startling because there was a definite connection, and at the same time, we felt like we were kissing a relative. It was just so overwhelming and confusing that we never actually dated again. We all pretty much laughed through the rest of the evening, telling other embarrassing tales.
              As I was waking up from the dream I found myself wondering who the heck my “girlfriend” was, as I could not place her as someone I know.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

New WoW Character, Uncooked Chicken

        I dreamed I was playing World of Warcraft with my online friends when we ran across a player who was desperate for someone to play the role of his butler. After some typing back and forth, we realized he really needed a porter not a butler, but that conversation didnt really bear much fruit as the other player didnt really seem to get the concept. (Had never heard the word porter before.)

        I often advertised my low level runs as requiring a porter so my friends thought this semi-failed conversation was funny.

        We each decided to re-roll a low level toon and all apply for the position. I created a young Worgen rogue named Monreaux McMacMack (apparently the new version of WoW in the Dreamlands Edition adds the surname field to its database for players) and ran him from the starting area over to Stormwind. I sent him over a tuxedo and some 20 slot bags.  I showed up for my interview in the outfit. My friends cried foul but I got the job, and asked if he would hire my other two friends as a groomsman and maid. I explained that we were sort of a package deal.

While we were preparing for our journey, one of the street lamps exploded and we had to run around stomping out the little fires, and collecting small stones that were cast out from the explosion. The stones looked more like chicken tenders or tater tots. That lead to some rather funny dialog. While the player whod hired us was more or less ignoring the other players who tried to interact with him, as they werent part of his story, it didnt limit us in the least. The fact that our employer ignored them allowed us to play him off as eccentric and snooty, it was a blast.

        I have to give the other player credit, he ran us around our starting quests and got us up to a level high enough to run our first low level dungeon in less than an hour. By the time three hours had passed we were all around level 19 and had much nice blue gear from Deadmines. (We ran several times in character, which was pretty funny after the third or fourth time.) We spent about an hour in town helping him impress his lady with both his wealth and very polite and helpful staff. Then the two of them took us out for a spin along the coast of Westfall where two of us took turns killing quest mobs while the other served a romantic dinner to the couple.

        My friends and I decided that we would reserve Sunday afternoons for this trio, and informed our new boss of our availability, we then gave him some reasons he might want to contact our mains in character, as wed all enjoyed playing with him.

        I fell back to sleep, after N took her ticking abomination of a clock out of the bedroom; we had a four hour power outage. I dreamed I was cooking chicken for my lunch at work. I made my way through most of it, but found two partly un-cooked parts which I had to stand in line at the microwave to re-cook.

I didnt wake up until the sun was shining into the bedroom, making me an hour late for work.

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