So (dot dot dot)

I was walking through this vast field, the sort of vastness that isn’t really ever comprehensible, especially with the blurry black smudges of dreaming all in the corners of your eyes, when I noticed these apples – deliciously tempting looking ones, red with thin green lines and bright vivid white specks all over them. I went to reach down for one and where it had been whole, it was now instantly bitten out of, no creature or teeth around, just a spontaneous bite, leaving behind an obviously rotten core. I looked to another apple and ended up in the same situation. The tree they were falling from loomed above me, haunting in a way, but really more comforting, a desperate solace perhaps, somewhere you’d love to visit but are certain you could never stay for more than a moment for fear that it’d swallow you up like black holes outside of a cannibals anonymous session. So with this big looming stalk of a tree above me, practically turning me into a shadow, I look down again at the apples and realize that the very ground below me was disappearing, swirling into nothing and I was just managing to stay afloat through sheer uncertainty of what other option to take, when suddenly I look up to the horizon and these dogs, maybe wolves, are running around in circles. They’re fierce looking, but very cartoonish, though I can only see their silhouettes as the night sky trades midnight blue in place of the flashing lightning. It was all very crisp and especially the dogs…

So it was just a dream, I wake up, and this is where it gets weird…my son, who is 3 and sleeps in my bed with me, starts asking me where I was. “Dad, where were you when I woke up and you were gone?” But I was there all night. So suddenly something about my dream, something unmemorable in the details but staunch in the big resource of it all, shoots into my head telling me that I’ve been abducted by aliens.

It’s all a laugh, really, but the strangest feeling I’ve had since I realized that once bread becomes toast it can never go back…

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