Two siblings end up in a shared dream and explore it according to their priorities: eating food and making friends.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
Exploring one’s dreams can be fun and adventurous and delicious, so long as one stays within the borders of dreams, and away from the entrance to nightmares.
This story was inspired by the Year Six story entitled “The Mystery of Mrs. Highweather,” in which a new father, seeking stories for his baby daughter, stumbles across a series of books he used to love in his childhood that featured a caretaker named Mrs. Highweather, who looked after fraternal twins.
I imagined Mrs. Highweather having her own children, and trying to get them to go to bed by telling them that there was more excitement and adventure in dreams than in the waking world. In exploring how to name the different regions of the dream world, I superficially learned about a few letters of the Greek alphabet that have fallen out of use, including the letter in the story’s title, “sampi” aka “disigma.
[Video description: No sound. Duration is 11 seconds. Digital drawing of a stream cutting through a grassy meadow. Foreground bottom corners display glowing curling stems. On the left corner, a ladybug is perched on one of the stems. Bottom middle edge, a piece of paper floats in the water. To the ladybug’s left, a wooden sign juts up from the grass. In the upper third of the image, forests are visible through purple haze, and mountains even further back. The sky glows with sunlight. The words “Short Story” are displayed at the top of the image. Below them is written the story’s genre, “Fairy Tale.” The words fade away as an animated glint reflects off the ladybug’s shell. At the bottom of the video, the story’s title, “Two Tickets to Dream Sector Disigma,” bounce into view and then out of view. The story’s tagline, the first sentence of this post, appears at the top in an animated text box. The paper in the water sparkles for a moment. The website name “storyfeather.com” fades into view.]
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