Friday, 1 October 2010

Pages of the past

Perfection is key. This is an important principal that seperates the Dream Weavers from the great Dream Weavers. Weavers take great pride in paying attention to every little detail because if a client knows he is dreaming then the dream will end prematurely, and if a dream ends before it's supposed to then the client will not have forgotten the deal he made with the Dream Weaver.
This takes me back to when I started out as a weaver. A client had asked to dream about fighting zombies. Nothing unusual there. From what I had heard this was a common request. So I take on the project and half way through, the client rings me and tells me to make the zombies as Nazis. You know, for the added scare effect. That's not how fear works! The rotting flesh will sort of drive your attention away from political views. When was the last time you saw a character in a horror movie shout out, "Ah! Zombies! And they're racist!!!".
I get into an argument with the guy, trying to explain how pointless and time consuming it would be for me to add in the effect of Nazis, especially considering he had asked for the fight to take place in the middle of a U2 concert. He wouldn't take no for an answer. I knew the consequences of  an imperfect dream but I was young and foolish. I didn't want to start all over again and create a universe for him where Bono actively takes a stance against the Thrid Reich. So I patched his dream to give all the zombies Nazi uniforms and act a bit left wing. Unfortunately the client realised something was a miss when the zombies tried to bring down capitalism, and came to my door furiously asking for his money back. I told him I would deliver him a fresh perfect dream free of charge and as he lay in bed, waiting for me to fill his head with his wishes, I snapped his neck and stole his coffee table (it was made out of oak and had a dark brown finish).
I soiled the good name of the Dream Weaver. In less than 24 hours I was visited by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix (the member of the DWC assigned to watch over me). He told me that a Dream Weaver has to honour his contract and something about purple haze (I think he was high).
Since then I've tried to be the best I can at what I do.
I hope you all enjoyed my story and I'd like to end with something someone once said, which really touched my heart. "Washing machines live longer with Calgon!"