So I had a friend (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who was really depressed, so I went with him to his first appointment with a psychologist and waited in the lobby. Everything seemed normal for a while, but the hospital was somewhat like a magical maze: some corridors and stairways disappeared after we passed them, and it was nearly impossible to find our way out.
Someone called me and asked for directions to the Arboretum and to the airport, because Brian was tagging along with whoever was going to the airport to go pick up his black Jeep. So I gave them directions, and I was headed to the airport as well for a short vacation.
A few months after coming back from that vacation, I saw my depressed friend and he told me his psychologist didn’t want to see him anymore, which didn’t make any sense to me. in the months before I went with him to many appointments because I didn’t want him to get lost alone. I tried to convince him to make another appointment with someone, but he just responded,
“It’s been a year.” I took that to mean it’s been a year since he actually saw someone. “I’m going on a walk.” I wasn’t sure if he was going to come back at all, ever, from his tone of voice. So I ran after him outside my apartment without any shoes on and walked with him. We exchanged a few words and I told him needed to go back for some shoes. He said No. I pleaded with him to wait for me to get soem shoes on if we were going to be walking for a while, but he insisted. Then I kissed him and walked backwards toward my apartment as we continued kissing. He caught on to what I was doing and told me “you don’t need to go back for those.” Then he held the sides of my arms, and gently lifted me off the ground. when my feet touched the ground again, I saw there were converse on my feet, and realized this was a dream. We could control everything that was happening.
We continued walking, arm in arm, more genially, into the dimming night. We came to a street where cars were passing by speedily. I started to feel the normal anxiety and terror I get when I see headlights moving too quickly, of course with the fear that these cars will lose control and get in accidents, crash into me. So with that thought in my mind it started to happen. A small toyota skidded sideways toward me, and another car smashed into its side from another angle. I looked at my friend and he nodded. I knew I had to take control of the situation. I tried with immense effort to imagine something else that could happen on the street, but the chaos of smashing metal and the stench of burning tires kept me off balance. Suddenly, I thought of a mall. A busy outdoor corridor where people are crossing like they own it. The thought still wasn’t strong enough to stop all the commotion. I bellowed out the command for this situation to turn into an outdoor mall.
I opened my eyes. There were people, just walking, going about their business, talking, laughing. The cars were gone. Lights were strung above the walkway, giving a friendly and romantic ambiance to the place. I smiled at my friend, and we walked across the street to what looked like a bar. We ordered drinks, and he got a few cookies. For some reason we silently decided to pretend we didn’t know each other, so we were each socializing with other people we knew at the bar. They didn’t have what I was craving on the cookie menu, so I convinced them easily to make some chocolate chip raspberry/boysenberry/blackberry cookies, and it was such a hit that they decided to add it to their menu.
At some point it turned into this completely nonsensical thing where people were trying to get ahold of this monster which was being held in a box in a cage in a locked room of a pirate ship. These thickheaded barbarians couldn’t figure out how to unlock the door, so I used my cunning to be captured and put in the room with the monster, then I simply opened the door from the unlocked side (after letting opening the monster’s cage). I sprinted out of the room past the barbarians, then climbed up the ladder to escape to my friends. Brian and Holly were thrilled.
I went home, and my friend was there too. He decided he wanted to take a bath, and that sounded like a good idea to me, so I got in with him. The water was hardly warm enough for me, but to him it was almost scalding, so I just dealt with it. We were very close and physical and passionate. I don’t know how else to say it. I woke up when I was about to tell my friends about it.