(To read Part I of “The Dream Eater”, CLICK HERE)
After several weeks of innocent daydreams and the lovely winding, ponderous dreams of an over-active child’s imagination, Lucie sits and begins to write out a particularly dreadful dream to send to The Dream Eater. She vividly remembers binging on bacon after midnight just before this dream, and how she swore to never do that again (a vow she breaks at least once a month).
She was in a cavern, an underwater lair really… a wet rocky shore at the foot of a massive pond, a pond that stretched beyond the horizon. Human bones were scattered everywhere— including Lucie’s mother’s fetid half-eaten corpse. The ribs were picked clean, but her mother’s face still had patches of rotting flesh and a dangling eyeball left; plus her mom’s glorious long hair remained as beautiful and flowing as ever.
She hears a splashing coming from the pond, and a giant slimy frog creature with a baby’s skull on his crown comes wading in from the water, chewing on Lucie’s mother’s leg. Lucie frantically searches for a place to hide, but only finds one— within her mother’s ribs, hiding behind her mother’s long hair.
Peeking through the strands, Lucie watches the monster devour her mother’s legs… the fear and loss she felt when she awoke lingered for weeks.
The Dream Eater puts Lucie’s dream down, and wipes a tear from his eyes. This dream, ALL of her dreams… they’re so beautiful. He can’t bear the thought of eating them.
He sets the most recent dream alongside the rest, and sits back, taking them all in as he gazes deep into the swirling floating patterns.
Every so often he glances at the front door of the office, hoping the mailman has arrived with another letter from Lucie.
TO BE CONTINUED.
(Written and Illustrated in collaboration with the amazingly talented Marcella Emille)
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