I needed to get across town, at night. I worried about being caught.
I was on foot. A moonlit night blessed the mild night, a double-edged blade; I could see but could be seen.
The area was known, a small town in southern West Virginia. Going down a hill by a highway, my senses sharp, I darted from corner to corner, building to building, All were commercial buildings. Most were closed.
Then I heard someone coming. Terrified of being caught, I slipped into a building.
A private club. it was open, and packed. Walking in, seeing a full room, I slipped down some stairs…
And into another full, crowded room.
Well-lit, everyone looked at me. All were white men and women. Nodding hello, I mumbled something about being sent down here to wait. Nodding understanding, everyone resumed what they were doing. Turning, I spied a darker, quiet room and popped into it. Empty. Safe.
I stayed, resting there for a while, then exited into the night again. As I crossed a cinder parking lot, I heard someone calling me.
Running, she caught up with me. Giddy and out of breath, she said she’d go home with me. I explained that I wasn’t going home and that she wasn’t safe with me, but she insisted.
I changed plans. I’d get her home, then continue on my mission.
We pressed on.
She complained. She was tired and hungry. She wanted to rest.
Knowing of a home that belonged to an acquaintance, I detoured and broke into the house. Finding a soft surface with a blanket, we went to sleep.
Children awoke us. They weren’t scared but pleased with our presence. A black man, my acquaintance, came down. After initial surprise, he was welcoming, friendly, and reassuring. Then, just as we relaxed, he issued a warning: “Look out.” A name I didn’t catch was coming.
We pulled the blankets over our heads. Noises rose. What the hell?
A large dark dog shoved his head under the blanket. As we pulled it back, thinking, caught, my acquaintance explained that the dog was the slobber monster, that he had to smell and slobber over everything.
The dream’s tenor changed. We relaxed. As my wife watched TV with the children. I chatted with my friend, and he fried bacon and eggs for us for breakfast. I planned to get my wife home, and go on.