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Fermius Firefly

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

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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, July 28, 2010

Waterfall from Space

              I dreamed I was driving out in the desert with N and the H's when the sky opened up and burst into flame. The radio reported that a giant comet had struck the moon and its cloud of water particles were on their way to earth. No one knew what would happen. That didn't keep the radio personalities from speculating. We decided to stop for the night, as the moon came up we could see it surrounded by fire and white steam. Meteors from the ejecta of the lunar collision poured into the earth a couple of hours ahead of its progress across the sky. One particularly large fireball raced overhead and impacted somewhere in the desert ahead of us.
              The hotel tilted and pitched us out of our beds. I started tying the sheets together at their corners so we could use them at a rope to climb back out. We managed to get out of the hotel just as it slipped over the lip of a great sink hole, or crater. I tied the four corners of the four sheet construction to the back of N's car, and we all got in.
              The water followed the fire. The sky became an opaque gray and the temperature steamy. Rocks and ice pelted the car, cracking the windshield and denting the roof. It began to pour, the water coming in great streaming sheets, rather than individual drops. Soon we were being floated along the desert at a high rate of speed. I managed to pull up our sheet parachute and soon it was acting as a kind of air brake, causing us to be pulled about half the speed of the current, as the wind was blowing away from the direction of the water flow.
              We were swept, none the less, over the edge of the great crater. We tied ourselves together with the bungee net from the back of N's car, and abandoned the car. The makeshift parachute held, and the strong updrafts from the steam filled center of the crater aided in keeping us aloft. We spotted an island like uplift in the center of the rapidly filling crater, and best as we could tried to steer for it.
              We landed in the very hot water just about twenty yards from the island, A and I gathered up the ropes and sheets as we didn't know what resources, if any we would have other than what we landed with. We swam for the island, which itself was only visible because of the strong onshore breeze. The island was too hot to climb out onto, so we paddled out a little farther from it until the waters could cool the thing off. All around us was a giant waterfall that just didn't stop.
              We floated for what seemed like hours. By then we'd drifted around the island and found a warm but not too warm place to land. There were other people on the island by then, and a couple of them had drifted in with their cars. We rigged the sheets between the cars to make a somewhat dry place, as the rain was still pouring down out of the sky as the water was pouring over the rim of the crater.
              When the rain let up I noticed that there was a large open area, with lights and buildings in the side of the crater wall. We swam over. It was part of an underground facility of some sort. While the people there weren't thrilled to see us all, they did agree to let us dry off and fed us while we awaited rescue.

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