I saw him.
It was a blur at first, as they all are in my dreams. But it was him. I just knew.
Every night in every dream I had seeked him. I met strangers and acquaintances. Celebrities and lost ones. I didn’t pause to speak to any or indulge them in their games. I moved on, seeking.. looking.. hunting for that one man. Choked in the depths of oceans, falling from precipices of ancient mountains, escaping from hideous creatures… I always knew they were dreams and I never humored them. Their fantastic plots a mere inconvenience in my search.
Him was all I waited for. Him was all I slept for. Him I finally found. His face cleared through the mist and I cried, feeling my cheeks washed, my heart flooded. This time I won’t let you go, I tell him. This time, we are here to stay. I use all my concentration, the last ounce of my tired will.. and press the button. The fluids race into my veins as I slip into a deeper sleep.
The mist devours us as one. His arms own me, my frame disappearing into his embrace. I inhale his musk and although my breaths are dying, his scent fills my lungs. My head presses against his chest hearing the hum of his heart, the soft rhythmic lullaby that lulls me deeper as my own beats get fainter. I missed you baby girl, he says. I don’t have to say a thing. He knows. He has known all along. My body gives in. Into the restful sleep. The sort I am never going to have to wake from again.
This dream. This time. It’s forever. We finally have eternity.