It was a dream night again last night. Why can I never have nice or even normal dreams?
This one featured another of my weird French-Canadian aunts -- the one who left me in her house with a concoction burning in the oven that smoked the whole place beyond belief. At the time I had very limited mobility due to miscellaneous broken bones and overall weakness due to kidney and intestinal infections. I found my way out and eventually got help, but the entire ordeal is one I don't care to think abut during my conscious moments, much less in my dreams.
Anyway, the dream was triggered, I would assume, by a bonfire of some sort -- probably illegal and probably the work of some frat -- though I really don't know that. All I do know is that the wind carried the smoke in the direction of my house, and our upstairs windows were open. The smell of smoke was enough to trigger another fire dream for me.
This one started with the wicked aunt in my doorway, sounding almost like a witch. '"ALAYsis," she cackled (my dad and his siblings were all raised in the U.S., and none have actual accents, but for some reason the Utah/Nevada aunts all pronounce my name incorrectly), "You can try, but you'll never make it out alive!" Then she disappeared and I knew it was my chance to get away. I thought I was in the unfinished attic of her house, so I pulled the comforter off my bed to scoot atop it along the splintery floors. This was bizarre, but I could feel the pain in my arm and collarbone, and especially in my leg, as though the bones were broken all over again. I scooted along the bedroom floor to the door, opened it with my "good" arm,, and scooted across the landing/sitting area. I somehow ended up under the grand piano that my mother put there, and my comforter got caught on one of the legs of the piano. I tugged as hard as I could with my "good" arm, forgetting that both of my arms are actually good now, but it wouldn't budge, so I had to scoot along without it. I finally made my way under the piano after getting caught up in the bench. Then I made it to the staircase when my recent bout with colitis decided to manifest itself, and I knew I had to get to a bathroom sooner than soon.
Along came my brother, walking up the stairs, in a rare attempt not to awaken everyone in the house, as I was scooting down one step at a time on my bottom. He tripped over me but caught the bannister. "Alexis, what in the hell are you doing?" he demanded.
"I don't know," I answered, "but I have to go to the bathroom. Now!"
Recognizing a crisis of sorts, Matthew helped me to my feet with one hand, took one giant step up three stairs, flicked a light switch with his other hand, and practically threw me in the direction of the bathroom. I made it.
The commotion presumably woke my parents, who [according to Matthew] stumbled in various states of undress (you don't want to know) from their bedroom to see what was going on in the rest of the house. Matthew must have figured out it was another nightmare, because by the time I was out of the bathroom, my dad had his guitar tuned and my mom had 7-Up for me to drink, and both were dressed respectably at least for their kids to see in the middle of the night (scrubs for my dad and a nightshirt for my mom). I eventually got maybe another twenty minutes of sleep, but the night was over for all intents and purposes as far as I was concerned.
I know the aunt in question doesn't even know where we live, has no key to our house, has no alarm code, and probably doesn't even have enough discretionary income to pay for the gas it would take to get her here from northern Nevada, but still she haunts me in my dreams. I wish she would move to Siberia or Antarctica.