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    Hot Coals

    by , 08-25-2013 at 08:38 PM (729 Views)
    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #138: Hot Coals

    Wife and I are searching the city for rare items that are needed to build some kind of important machine. We crouch on some dirt and gravel road and Wife draws a diagram in the dirt, telling me what I need to do to infiltrate a nearby house. When I'm there, I'm supposed to listen in on a phone call in order to gain an important piece of information.

    I somehow make my way into the house and sneak past a woman who's busy preparing some food. Her husband, a guy in his 60s, is talking on the phone and walking nearby. I press my back against a column, trying to stay hidden. But now a clone of the husband is also on the phone, coming around the column from the other side. I realize that I can't hide from both the husband and the clone and become frantic at the thought of being discovered. I briefly consider whether this is a dream and
    my answer is "yes".

    No longer worried, I walk through the living room into a large, spacious room with white marble floors and a skylight. I take a door to my right and step into some kind of sun room. The old man is standing by a door that leads outside and he gasps in shock when he sees me, saying, "You!" He's still holding the phone, and he clutches it to his chest.

    "This is a lucid dream," I say, "so I'm not going to be doing this whole thing." I point to each of us in turn. He immediately nods, breaks character, and walks off like an actor leaving a movie set.

    I leave the sun room and step out into a stone courtyard, the sky cloudy above me. There's a cheerful-looking guy with a mustache grilling some meat over a pit of hot coals that are glowing a fiery orange. Two women and one other man are standing nearby as well, looking relaxed as they watch him work. I wonder what I could do goals-wise with this scene. The Great Barrier Reef task doesn't seem like a natural fit, but I think about somehow using the hot coals to perform the "travel to Hell and have a beer with Old Scratch" task.

    I notice that the vividness of the scene is pretty good and I finally remember that my primary goal right now is to try to enhance dream vividness. I feel a slight jolt of "oops" concern that I should have been focusing on that instead.

    I have a weird thought that goes (and I quote) I'm going to stare into that crimson, chocolaty fire. I walk toward the pit of coals and
    the dream ends. I try to DEILD and get some rapid flashes of HI, but my heart rate is too high for me to slip under quickly enough.

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    Updated 08-25-2013 at 08:40 PM by 57387

    Tags: coals, mild, old man, wife


    1. Xanous's Avatar
      interesting LD. I like how he broke character and walked off.
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    2. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, man... yeah, that amused me too. I felt a little bit of doubt blowing off the dream plot since it was actually kind of cool, but I had this sense that I was supposed to be doing something else. Too bad I couldn't remember very well what that was.
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    3. Highlander's Avatar
      Do you reckon the fire part sent your heart rate up (due to adrenalin perhaps) as a natural reaction which ended the dream?
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    4. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Do you reckon the fire part sent your heart rate up (due to adrenalin perhaps) as a natural reaction which ended the dream?
      You know, I'm not sure what did it. I was definitely excited and interested in the fire, plus I'd just had the sudden jolt of nerves because I forgot a dream goal. (Both of which were probably a bit exaggerated just because of the way my dreaming brain tends to react to stuff.)
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    5. NyxCC's Avatar
      Congrats on the ld! When I first read the part about the guy with the mustache, I immediately assumed you were already in touch with the devil. I mean, he often appears as a nice smilling guy, trying to lure you with something, so the grilled meat fits very well here.

      Cool idea to try to turn the coal into a helish scene, you really are getting good with improvising!
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    6. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Ha ha, I had not considered the idea of fallen angels tempting me with delicious grilled meats but now that I've been forewarned, I shall be on the lookout! Thanks for the compliment/encouragement on improvising. I choose to believe what you're saying so that it can hopefully bolster my confidence for tonight!
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    7. NyxCC's Avatar
      Do not think you are, know you are!
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