Dream # 350
Background: I remember a great deal about this dream, but parts are vague so I’m going to fill it in- cause its just that epically awesome. The names I created cause I don’t remember if they even had names in the dream, and it would be to confusing to keep saying “that guy” and “that girl”. So, here is the dream- WARNING, ITS REALLY LONG. SORRY!
He was a shy boy of about 13 years old. Brown hair, blue eyes, and liked to keep quite. Sure he dreamed about adventure, but he never actually did anything. James was a quite soul who preferred to play alone. He lived in a world where, like ours, there was TV. by the way, this is actually what happened in my dream. this information was like a narrative and also like information i already knew- you now how dreams can be with stuff like that. However, the TVs in this world allowed one to actually enter into the plot and converse with the characters and live out the plot line. A simple device, but profound in its use. the video’s, in physical appearance, actually looked like the old VHS tapes but without the whined-up wheels.
James has just received a video after his breakfast cereal from his concerned Mom who was empathetic to her son’s lack of friends. He placed it into the TV device and pressed his hand against the screen…apparently, this is how one got ‘into’ the action.
She was an outgoing, adventurous girl about 13 years old. Brown hair, bright blue eyes and loving life. She didn’t just dream of adventure, she lived it. And this video was no exception. To top it all off, Kylie was as much of an adventure-seeker as a friend seeker. It was no wonder James liked her from the start. I can’t remember exactly the actual plot of the first movie, but it was something like this… Kylie was the main character. It was an action/adventure movie where she was trying to figure out what the ‘bad guys’ were up to. James came in when she was really close to figuring out the ‘motive’ behind the bad guy’s actions. When she met James, they instantly became friends. He tagged along on some of her detective work and she made sure he had some adventures. Two kids were never better or closer friends in all of history.
They walked into a ware house where the final clue of what was going on was supposed to be. Being as quite as possible, they crawled behind some stacked, cardboard boxes, “I need to tell you something” she said to James, “something big is-” but before she finished, a man at least 6 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and looking like a secret agent appeared. The kids raced down a hall with the man right behind talking into his radio calling for backup. Three thoughts went through James’ mind at the same time. The first was what a great adventure he was having, which in turn lead to the second- what a great friend he had found in Kylie. The third was he realized they might actually be in real danger, so he should probably run faster. It was this third thought which brought him out of the ware house and into the back ally- just as the building exploded behind him.
James landed on his back in his living room, staring up at the flames consuming the building he was just running though. He had been thrown out of the movie when the explosion happened, because- She didn’t make it out. He stared at the screen, holding the sides of the TV. Scanning for any evidence of a survivor. Anything to prove the feeling in his stomach to be a lie. That she really did make it out. That she couldn’t have- she was the main character, they’re never the ones that- His mom came in. Tears were in his eyes.
Three days felt like weeks. James never talked and hardly ate. His one friend, whom he’d known for just a few hours, gone. Never to return. The thought made his whole world stop. Until the package arrived. It was nothing fancy, just a simply manila envelope that read “She’s still alive” in a penmanship that made one think it was written in haste. Inside was a video. Faster than light itself, James had the cassette inside the box, the TV on, and his hand against the screen-
It was a mall. 2 stories. A big sales event was going on, so the 2nd floor (where James entered) was crowded with people. James started pushing his way through the crowd, scanning the faces of strangers he’d never met. The hope that Kylie might actually be alive, flaring up inside him with each passing minute. You know that feeling you get when you think you see your best friend in the distance? Especially when its the end of the summer and you haven’t seen them in over 3 months? That’s what James was feeling-except 10 times more strongly cause, she was his only friend (and they don’t fall in love fyi. They’re 13. They’re just really good friends). And then, he spotted her. A girl wearing a tan trench coat (like the one the girl is wearing in that picture on Dahria’s wall in our room), but she had blond hair. James met her eyes and saw the look of recognition flash across her face.
"KYLIE!" he yelled, throwing his hand up in the air. She ducked her head and blotted down the isle in the opposite direction. Without hesitation, James took after her. She ran down the steps, through a security door, took a left turn (by this time James had nearly gained her), took a metal grill of the wall vent, grabbed James as he rounded the corner and before one could blink, they were both inside the vent with the grill safely put back on. No one could see them, and few could hear.
"KYLIE! YOU’RE ALIVE! I can’t believe you’re really still alive! What the heck happened, why aren’t you dead? how come you never tried to reach me?" James couldn’t get his mouth to move fast enough to pour of the endless amount of questions. But Kylie quickly covered his mouth and put a finger to her lips. "We have to be quite. It echos here and we can’t get caught". "Why? What’s going on?" The lighting through the vent was dark, but James could see by her expression, Kylie was in a very serious ‘business-type’ mode. The way one would get if they had a really important mission that only had 1 chance of working and messing up was NOT an option.
" I truly am glad to see you James," she started "But you shouldn’t have come. You’re in very real danger. The characters in these films aren’t what you think they are (James and his ‘non-actor’ world thought those who acted in these films were just like you would think a Hollywood star is. Rich, famous, and living the good like). We’re slaves. All of us kids. We’re working against our will and they torture us if we don’t preform well.” Kylie was one of the best actresses they had, so her beatings were few and fare between, but that couldn’t be said about her friends. “I tried to tell you at the ware house, but we got caught before I had the chance,” Kylie explained that while she was in the last movie, she had been searching for a way to reveal this scheme to the public when she met James. They must have thought he was in on the plot, because they had targeted him and were trying to kill him.
"I thought people like me couldn’t die when we were in films though?" James asked, "Yes, but these men have learned a way around that somehow," came her fast, but quite reply. "They can do whatever they want to anyone, regardless of whether or not you’re an actor. They’ve found ways around the system. That’s why I had to fake my death. They wanted you only because they thought you were helping me. By faking my death, I was hoping they would leave you alone and i could bring them down because they would stop looking for me too. I died my hair and tried to disguise myself so they wouldn’t find me.”
Kylie admits she’s actually really glad to see James and they join forces to try and free some of her friends before making a break for it. If they can get outside the ‘video world’ (the wold in which the video was filmed), the actors will be able to leave the video for good and go back James’ world as free citizens.
I can’t remember how, and this is getting to be a really long blog anyway, but somehow the two manage to get one of Kylie’s friends before they get caught. We’ll pick it up just after that happens- The three friends are running down a white hallway with the top dog, main bad guys (the Directer of the whole slave-video world) racing behind them. Kylie comes to a door with a big red sign reading EXIT on it and pushes it open. The gang spills out onto a grassy hill underneath a starry sky. For a moment, all seems quite, still, and peaceful. Then the Director (bad-guy) comes racing out of the hallway, sees Kylie staring at the stars (its the first time she’s actually seen real starts) and points a gun to her head, “This time girl, I’m going to make sure you die!”. “No wait!” she cries, “Please, don’t do this. Don’t shoot. Not for me, but for James,” she points towards him. The remaining kids are so shocked by what’s happening they’re unable to move- including James. “Don’t make him go through the pain of losing me again,” Kylie says with such honesty and compassion it would make the greatest poet cry. “Don’t make him hurt the way I did again. Please”. Kylie didn’t appear scared or worried at all by the 9 millimeter barrel starring her down. Her concern was for her friend, and the Director knew it. “OK” he said as he pointed the gun to his new target, “I won’t”. He pulled the trigger and watched as James fell to the ground. “I’ll save him from it,” was the Director’s final comment as a nasty grin spread across his face.
I can’t believe it, but I don’t remember how they took the Director down. I think it was because i was so shocked that he actually shot James that I just don’t remember. Anyway, somehow the Director goes down shortly after shooting James, so we’ll just pick it up from there. Kylie and the others all gather around James. James is lying on the his back holding his left shoulder. Luckily, the bullet only hit flesh, and James was going to be fine. Kylie, tears in her eyes from the joy of relief, shakes her head in disbelief. The group of friend smile at one another and then laugh at their new found freedom.
The camera pulls back, the scene fades black, and I wake up.