And when I woke up, my pillow was gone!

typed for your pleasure on 8 July 2007, at 2.17 am

Sdtrk: ‘Half day closing’ by Portishead

Thankfully, I had the rare presence of mind to get my arse out of bed last night/early this morning and type out the dream I’d had! I present it here, for your edification, dissection, and analysis…

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Jeff (aka Zip Gun), Sidore and I are freelance Angel* exterminators. We’re on call in an ivy-covered Roman-styled courtyard, hunting down one that looks a bit like Shamshel. Although the sky is a dark orange lined with purple clouds, it’s been drizzling steadily. The third ‘member’ of our group, a human-sized version of JA’ (pronounced Jet Alone Prime**), has managed to corner our quarry, and I’m firing at the Angel from behind a wrecked car. My weapon is some sort of linear rifle that looks more like a tactical shotgun. The thing about it is that its laser sight, instead of creating a tiny red dot, it paints a 4 inch wide orange smudge on the target that resembles a crayon scribble. One would suppose it’s not a stealth weapon, then…
So I’m pumping shot after shot into it, but I can’t seem to penetrate its AT field. I order JA’ to keep it at bay while I return, and I run off to get Shi-chan. She’s sporting waist-length black hair, and is dressed like a miko***. She’s at the far end of the courtyard; as I’m running towards her, I’m yelling ‘Shi-chan! You need to be backup! Come on!’ I don’t even stop as I throw my backpack to her, and I make a high-speed U-turn back toward the Angel. ‘Grab the gun from the bottom inside and hurry!’

We run back, where JA’ has the Angel under control, after a fashion, by pinning down one of its tentacles with a knee and its hammer — we can tell it’s the main tentacle, as it ends in an enormous red-on-red eye the size of a basketball. I rush up to it, and commence shooting the eye again. At this point, Jeff shows up as well, firing at the eye too, as Sidore, lagging behind a few feet, appears. As Jeff and I are shooting, the tentacle starts whipping around; I yell to her to start firing. However, the backpack I threw her has multiple pockets, making it difficult to find the pistol inside. ‘Which flap? There’s too many bloody flaps!’ ‘Down the back!’ She finally finds the Seburo****, and fires at the eye.
After several more minutes of shooting, Jeff believes us to be in danger — most Angels explode when mortally wounded — and he shouts, ‘We have to pull back, it’s gonna blow!’ The three of us do a runner just as it flips JA’ off its main tentacle. We scramble behind another wrecked car a couple of yards away, but it doesn’t explode. Instead it stands to its full height — about ten feet — and whips its tentacles around in a frenzy, bisecting pillars and generally demolishing everything in its path. ‘If only I’d just stabbed it in the eye with a sword; that probably would’ve done it,’ I muse aloud. ‘I’m going to try it; cover me.’ Sidore takes aim at the Angel with the linear gun, a crayon smudge appearing on its body. Just then, a black cat with white mittens shows up in the courtyard a couple of feet near the Angel, and we recognise it as Jeff’s cat Cooper. Jeff becomes distressed, as either the Angel will attack his cat, or we run the risk of accidentally shooting him.

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Aaand at that point, my alarm clock unfortunately woke me up, so that’s the lot. I find that a lot of my dreams are unfinished or unresolved, which leads me to the conclusion that I’m just not sleeping enough. As a character in a Kids in the Hall sketch once remarked, ‘If I don’t get my twenty-three and a half hours’ sleep every night, I get pretty cranky.’

Also, sorry for the copious Wiki links. Nice as Wikipedia is, my mates and I refer to the site as ‘Truth by Consensus’, as any old tosser can go in and maliciously change entries, thereby presenting lies as truth if the errors go unchecked. As of late, I’ve been seriously scaling back any Wikipedia links, but in the case of this post, well, I’m just bloody lazy. Mea culpa!

*For the uninitiated, those would be the Angels from the anime series Evangelion
**a mecha from the PS2 Evangelion game
***a Japanese shrine maiden at Shinto temples
****a machine pistol, created by manga-ka Masamune Shirow

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8 have spoken to “And when I woke up, my pillow was gone!”

  1. Mahtek writes:

    Aha! Another Technicolor dreamer!

    I just love how brilliant dream colors can be! I’ll never forget my dream where a friend of mine was wearing an electric blue jumpsuit that she unzipped to reveal brilliant dragon tattoo that went all the way….uh, but I digress, sorry.

    Anyway, a very interesting dream Davecat! IPods, IPhones, and Blackberries are great, but the next technological doohickey we need is a mind scanner combined with a DVR to record these fantastic stories that we generate every night!

    I’d buy one of those in a heartbeat!

  2. SafeTinspector writes:

    Good thing the kitty didn’t get hit.
    Hey, is Sidore normally mobile in your dreams, and capable of wielding a shotgun?

    I had a dream I was at a sports event and was complaining to Heather how much I hate Aerosmith when I realised to my chagrin I was sitting next to Steven Tyler and that he had heard the entire thing.
    Much less entertaining and bombastic as your dream.

    I don’t know if my dreams are in color or not, as I have no color memory in any case. (I can’t remember things in color, and only remember what color something was if I make a specific note of it. I can imagine color, just can’t remember it.)

  3. Davecat writes:

    Mahtek –
    D’ya remember the film ‘Brainstorm‘? Apart from the fact that it was Natalie Wood’s last film before she died, it centred round a device that recorded people’s dreams; you could play them back and experience whatever the dreamer had experienced. One of the major points was that someone had died using one, and the main scientist bloke was playing back the dream and nearly died himself. Or maybe he did die; it’s been years since I’d seen it. But something like that, albeit where you could just watch a recorded dream, would be pretty ace… It’d put Hollywood out of business in a year. 🙂

    Sweetie’s always mobile in my dreams! I’d get into detail, but this is a family blog. Ah heh heh. *raises eyebrow*
    Not sure how good a shot she is though. She’s a lover, not a fighter…

    And you dreamt you dissed Steven Tyler? Follow your dreams, I say. 🙂

  4. ZipGun writes:

    Fighting angels like we were part of NERV? Cool. Cooper would never leave the house though, he’s too damn lazy these days.

    Speaking of dream recording and movies, Paprika deals with much of that topic matter, as it revolves around a machine that allows access to someone’s dreams getting used for evil purposes.

  5. Davecat writes:

    When we’re taking on Angels without the use of Eva units, that’s a sure sign of being a badass. 🙂

    And I’ve got to see Paprika. I mean, moreso than usual.

  6. PBShelley writes:

    Ohhhh… THOSE Angels! *runs away screaming*

    *comes back later after DC & Co demolishes them*

    Wow, that was some dream! But rest assured, I’m sure the cat got away 😉 But…taking on Angels w/o EVAs? SOME would say it’s CRAZY LOL
    Ah well, someone had to do it!

    And I’m STILL pissed at “The End of Evangelion”‘s first scene in the hospital. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING???

    Oh well, as an anime-newb I have no right to complain, but jeez, to screw with the characters like that was UNACCEPTABLE!

    *goes back to “Death Note” marathon*

    Peace and all that,
    PBS & the etcs (who send hugs to Sidore-chan)

  7. Davecat writes:

    PBS and girlies –
    PROTIP: Evangelion is fucked up. But that’s why we love it. 🙂 And you know Anno’s redoing the films, right?
    PROTIP: Don’t have a mid-life crisis / nervous breakdown, like he did…

  8. PBShelley writes:

    PROTIPS duly noted, and ta. Yes, I did hear about the remakes, and looking forward to them with only a wee bit of trepidation. I’m sure it’ll be more than fine 🙂

    I hope. All in all an amazing series with just a couple of blemishes. And pimple cream works wonders for that 😉

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