More than dreams (Part 1)
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More than dreams (Part 2)
In the dream I walked naked through soft, waist high green shoots, my outstretched hands trailing across the tips, savouring the texture. My upper body warmed by the bright yellow light shining down from above. The darker colour of shadows from the larger plants cut across the greenery. Tiny creatures scuttled up and down the rough, dark bases, others flitted here and there on gossamer wings.
Larger creatures flew from plant to plant, their many colours dazzling and beautiful.
For each new sight there was a sound, a voice in my dream, with words I had never heard before.
Sunshine... Grass... Tree... Insect... Bird...
Where these words came from I have no idea, but the dream was so vivid, so real, so inviting.
And all the time I dreamt, I felt happier than at any time in my life. I wanted to stay in the dream forever, to never wake up again.
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Slowly I returned to wakefulness and opened my eyes, the dream still fresh in my mind.
I looked around, everyone else in the dorm was still asleep, it wasn't time for our wakevoice yet.
The dream clung to me, refusing to fade. Suddenly the the idea overwhelmed me, flooded my senses until I felt I would burst... What if?
What would happen if I tried to leave the dome? Would I be allowed to leave? Would I be investigated?
Deep inside me I knew that I really had no choice, I had to try. The dreams had changed me, they were now the only true happiness I knew. Work no longer brought the pleasure that it used to. I no longer felt as though I were a part of my own society.
I climbed out of bed and pulled my whitesuit on, set off walking.
Each person I passed smiled and nodded, then looked at me strangely when the smile was not returned.
I ignored their stares and just kept on walking. I knew which direction to go, everyone knew where the exit door was. People would sometimes just go there to stare at it, some with wonder, some with awe, or fear.
It was a long walk but I eventually reached the door, the bluesuit on duty there smiled at me.
“Be happy in your work, brother.” He said.
I looked back at him, unsmiling. “I wish to leave the dome.”
He looked at me in astonishment, his smile almost slipping from his face. “Why brother? Are you not happy here? Are you not happy in your work? Come, accompany me to the remedial chambers, the physicians will restore your happiness to you.”
“I do not wish to have my happiness restored, I wish to leave the dome.”
“Brother, I would think you insane, but insanity was eradicated centuries ago. This behaviour is unprecedented, I must consult with one of the elders.”
He tapped a few buttons on a panel and a screen slid from the wall, and smiling down from the screen the benevolent face of elder redsuit number 4.
The bluesuit explained the extraordinary situation to the elder, who smiled thoughtfully as he pondered how to deal with it.
“Why do you wish to leave?” The elder said. “If you are unhappy, we can restore your happiness.”
“I have a disease, I am infected, and I wish to leave.”
“There are no diseases or infections inside the dome, what is this disease you believe you have?”
“I am infected with unhappiness, with dissatisfaction, with an overwhelming thirst for knowledge. There is no cure for my disease, nor would I want one if there were.”
“Where did this disease come from?” Asked the redsuit.
“From inside my head.” I replied. “I have been having strange dreams. No, they are more than dreams, much more. They have changed me inside, altered me, so that I now no longer feel as though I belong inside the dome. So that I no longer have any wish to belong inside the dome.”
“There are legends of fierce creatures that dwell outside, of terrible dangers, and even more terrible illnesses and diseases.” Said the elder.
“Yes.” I said. “I have heard of these legends.”
“And yet you still wish to leave? Even though it may mean your failure to survive?”
“Yes, I still wish to leave.”
The elder closed his eyes for a few moments whilst he gathered his thoughts and prepared his answer.
“This infection could spread to others if allowed to remain inside the dome, it could upset the balance and harmony of our society. The law does not prevent anyone from leaving the dome, only their return is forbidden, for fear of what they may bring back inside with them. No-one has ever expressed a wish to leave before, but that does not mean they should be refused. I hope you find happiness on the outside, you are free to leave, go in peace my brother.”
The elder's smiling face faded from view and the screen slid back into its wall recess.
The bluesuit punched a series of buttons on the keypad and the door hissed quietly as the seals opened and it slid sideways into the wall.
I stepped through the doorway into a small chamber, and began walking towards the opposite wall as the door closed behind me and resealed itself.
A large red button jutted from the wall, the only colour amongst all the uniform opaque whiteness.
I pushed the red button and a section of the curved wall slid silently aside, bright yellow light angled through the opening.
Shielding my eyes with my hand I walked forward and stepped outside.
Continued in :- More than dreams (Part 3)
©2012 Stephen. J. Green.