It was a zombie apocalypse. I don’t remember encountering a zombie in the dream, but at the point where the dream became coherent we had been running for weeks. I know that I was covered in blood and part of the dream was me washing gore away in a small stream.
And I say “we”: I was with a family – your standard, middle-American, soccer-playing family. Mom, dad, teenage daughter, ten year old son. The mom was, I think, some woman from a car commercial and I’m fairly certain the daughter was the girl from Eureka. I had found them somewhere in trouble and said that I’d help them. So we were traveling, trying to find some sort of safety.
(There were two others with our group, but I can’t picture them. They were important somehow, though.)
We had found an abandoned house in some kind of burb-clave. A gated community, and were trying to set up a temporary haven. I’m fairly certain the “epidemic” hadn’t expanded into the “resident evil” level, as there was still infrastructure: power, water, and cellular service – though, this was spotty, and that was the most important part of the dream.
Here is why I remember the dream:
We hadn’t had cell service for a while. There was a big deal where I was trying to find a power charger for my phone. The first thing I did once I had power was to call my Dad’s phone, as I hadn’t talked to them in a couple months and I was worried.
And I knew, as soon as I heard the ring on the other side, that they were dead. This huge wave of grief swept over me – and I’m talking a degree of grief I’ve not felt since Lafe died.
The phone rang four times and then the voice mail picked up, and the recording played, and that made it worse, because it was my father saying “goodbye.” I don’t remember exactly what the message said but the gist of it was: “To whoever hears this: If you are listening to this, my wife, and I are now dead. Our house is surrounded, and we have decided to end things on our terms. If this is our children: we love you”.
I don’t remember ever crying in a dream before but I did in this one. It was a horrible feeling and one I was glad to wake up from.