Dream Journal: Albatross

I fell asleep.

“Wake up! Wake up!” my teacher scolded. Groggily, I lifted my head from the desk. I looked around the class. Everyone was busy.
This was it. The last day of school.

The day to say goodbye to everyone I knew: friends, enemies, strangers. I was changing school after all. Goodbye, guys.

The last day of school. Hmm, I remember that day. It was so long ago yet it felt as if it were yesterday. Drowsiness suddenly overcame me.

New year. New place. “Hello!” said a tall-ish lad. “So you’re the new kid, eh? You’ll love being part of our crew, aboard the Albatross! I’m Everett, Captain Eric’s first mate” Ah, the Albatross…. the grandest airship to ever fly the seven skies. A few moments later, the captain showed me around the ship. It was a beautiful thing.

We were off. “Up ship!” cried the captain, the ballasts were dropped and we took off. Looking out of my cabin window, I saw colourful effervescent clouds sweep past the propellers surrounded by gigantic four-winged birds. I could see paper airplanes and notebooks zooming past. Am I asleep? Where am I? Why am I in an airship? I thought I was in school. Oh well, might as well enjoy it here. A sudden jolt through my body made me jump before suddenly, I was falling. Falling, somehow through the floors and cabins. Another jolt brought me to a stop at the control car. Everett glanced at me and smiled. “Oh, fancy you coming here! We could use a bit of help actually.”

So there I was, aboard the Albatross: the finest cruise ship to sail the sea. For a moment there I thought I was on an airship. Silly me. Airships don’t fly anymore.

Waves rocked the boat, sloshing back and forth. It was a particularly frigid morning; mist and fog covered the horizon. Quiet.

Suddenly, it happened. Something burst through the window of the boat, smashing it to pieces. The ship flipped, water burst into the hull. We were sinking. I fell out of the boat into the freezing, murky water. The thing that attacked our boat turned to me. It plunged directly at me, knocking out all the oxygen in my lungs.

I drowned. I died.

I sighed as the last pond skater zipped away. Looking around, I realized I was fully submerged and yet I could still breathe. Astonishing. Another wave of drowsiness hit my body and I floated above the infinite pond into inky blackness. One by one, tiny sparks appeared around me before zipping away in a multitude of colour. The darkness lit up, transforming into a cloud before bursting into a painting. The colours and patterns transformed into words that filled an entire page.

I flipped the page of my textbook. This was the last time I could read it as it had to be returned soon. The hours flew by. The last minute of school. I bid farewell to all my friends for the last time. The bell rang. The ringing grew louder and louder until-

I woke up.

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