A Black Tassel and a Green Glass Bead

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I've had two dreams that were soaked in Incubus-ness... buuut it would take me forever to write both of them.. I'll post the other one later.

Anyway...

Last year I had a dream while I was admitted in the hospital and a little bit tainted by the effects of pain medications...

It was always dark outside at this university campus that reminded me of the one in Urban Legend (if you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about). It was seriously shady with people stalking around while their hair covered their faces, mumbling random Incubus lyrics to themselves. There were concrete picnic tables on this big field that divided the campus and one was crowded with about fifteen tangle-haired teenagers dressed in ripped jeans and dusty band tees. Curious as to what the commotion was about, I walked over and asked a bystander what was going on and he said, "Brandon Boyd and Jose Pasillas from Incubus are here looking for someone who knows the secret, man." After about two minutes, the crowd suddenly cleared and there was Brandon with his dreads tied and to the middle of his back. He was sitting on top of the table while Jose straddled the bench looking mildly nervous. I -completely starstruck- nervously walked up to them but they silently got up and walked away before I could say anything. Feeling shot down, I went across the street to a shady gas station/strip bar and was approached by a guy whose face was shaded even as he stood under the street lamp. He handed me a hemp bracelet with a green glass bead on it and a thick black tassel. The only thing he said to me was that I HAD to get it to Brandon and that I was the only one who could do it. I asked him what they were for and mentioned Brandon might think me crazy if I handed him a random tassel and bracelet, but the guy said it was secret and he couldn't tell me why but Brandon would understand. Confused, I went into the school where I had seen Brandon and Jose enter and it looked like a mental institute with white walls and white doors and no windows. I kept looking at the tassel and bracelet wondering what could be so important and why I was the only one who could give it to him. I opened doors to empty white classrooms; everything was bright white. I opened a door labeled "GYMNASIUM" and found myself at the top of a small staircase. The entire room was filled to the middle stair with water. I stepped into the water until it was to my hips and realized the floor dropped after the last step. The water rippled and I noticed something was coming at me at top speed. I took one step back, paralyzed by fear and curiosity, and gasped as a huge robotic koi fish splashed up at my feet. It told me it needed clean water fast and was quickly dying in the dirty polluted water. It didn't speak aloud, though, he spoke to me telepathically. I ran out and found a thick garden hose and brought it back to the robot fish and fit the end of the hose into the round socket that was, apparently, its mouth. It sucked in the fresh water viciously and told me I needed to get out because I was in danger and needed to find Brandon. I ran around the building frantically searching for Brandon and saw him in the distance walking in the field from inside the building's front doors. I ran out to him but he turn the other way and avoided the controntation. His walk was faster than my run. Then he turned a corner and disappeared. As I reached that corner, the sun started rising at a rapid pace, and all of a sudden I was in an alley covered in graffiti and chewed gum stuck to the brick walls. People had fires going in tin trash cans and were covered from head to toe in dirt and grease. Everyone stared at me maliciously and mumbled lyrics out loud. I asked if anyone knew where Brandon had gone and they started moving toward me, in slow motion, reaching their long skinny dirty fingers for my clothes. I ran to the end of the alley and found myself being strapped to a stretcher by EMTs that were clones of Brandon. I woke up to the nurse changing my saline fluid drips... I never got the black tassel and hemp bracelet with the green glass bead to Brandon. I wonder what happened after I woke up and left dreamland...

It has stuck with me, clear in my mind, after all this time... I don't know why, but I've never felt like I needed to get to somebody so bad in my life.

Created: Feb 28, 2010

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