Sleeping Beauty

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I clung to the IDEA of him for so long, that when it seemed my dream was coming true, it really wasn’t. He was finally here where I could see and hear, and yet things weren’t exactly the way I wanted it to be. I could not touch him.

At first, I was happy to take what part of the dream I could get. I listened, memorizing the tone and cadence of his voice. I stared, drinking in every detail of him with my eyes.

Until I wasn’t content with that part any more. I wanted all of it, even if it was an imaginary ideal. He wasn’t mine to touch. He belonged to someone else. In fact, I belonged to someone else.

I couldn’t face the truth, that this construct was never gonna be mine, only in my dreams, and so I took the potion and I slept. I flirted with the dream, played coy, and it came to me, willingly, full of love and reckless abandon. I was euphoric. I never wanted to wake up. Here I had everything I could ever want.

If true love's kiss should wake me, it would be a betrayal.

I'd rather sleep.


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HSAR

HSAR

I occasionally wonder about writing a dream reality series, but I really just know that my characters would give in immediately. It's not even a contest.

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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

In dream realities, the setting changes more than the character. That's where the difference is. So they give in? They are immediately faced with a new and hopefully discombobulating setting with new environmental challenges so that they can't get to the object of their desire no matter how many times they give in. In this case, Sleeping Beauty's dream would turn into a nightmare. (Which would make a great series...)

  • #1754 Posted 2 years ago
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HSAR

HSAR

I'd take almost anything; so, I imagine, would they. Maybe it's a better question to ask how bad it would have to be before they reject the dream - and we've converged on the same idea.

  • #1755 Posted 2 years ago
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Storykeeper

Storykeeper

I enjoy this take on the Sleeping Beauty idea because it lends so much more agency to that character than in traditional tellings.

  • #1762 Posted 2 years ago
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Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Have you ever read the chapter of buttercups baby in the back of the princess bride anniversary edition? It goes on about how he couldn't write a sequel because everybody lived. Thats it anything else would be counterproductive. Idk what that has to do with this but its connected on some whole other other free flowing idea level.

  • #1766 Posted 2 years ago
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GradualUprising

GradualUprising

Move over Wicked! I feel like this could also be a long, heartbreaking rewrite with so much depth!!!!

  • #1855 Posted 2 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Thanks Drew! You totally get it. I can tell.

  • #1857 Posted 2 years ago
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