Alien from The Deep
I'm not yet lucid, swimming in the sea. As I'm about to climb out onto some rocks, someone shouts: "Oh no, bottom-biting sharks! Once they get you, they don't let go!" [Thanks, brain.]
I hurry to exit the water but... OUCH!! One of the sharks latches painfully on to my butt with his sharp teeth. Then, as if he's sending some kind of signal to the others about the meat-fest, a second shark bites onto my other buttock.
I get angry and then realize... this can't be right - I must be dreaming! The pain ebbs away and I become lucidly aware of my environment.
I quickly prize the baby-like sharks from my bottom and tell them they are free to go. Then I swoop under the choppy water and propel myself forward rapidly until I'm in the deep, deep ocean, exploring a murky blueness.
I panic a little then, as I realize I'm alone and quite literally out of my depth. I inadvertently imagine a monster creature emerging from the darkness.
As if on cue, out comes an oversized angler fish, glowing blue from the light of his bioluminescence. Despite my fear, he's not actually scary. He's cartoon-like, floating slowly past me with a silly face. I touch the angler fish down his body and he's so soft, my fingers make little indentations on his skin.
It barely feels like I'm in the water any more, and as I think about creating a new dreamscene, my eyes flutter and I start to wake up.
I was walking down a hallway with my dad when it happened. A dark, pointy figure grabbed me by the ankles and flung me down the hall. I was shocked and in pain. But before I knew what was happening, he marched over to me and did it again. He was furious. He was going to destroy me. And I had nothing. Except for my lucidity.
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