The Dream

“Grandpa, I had that dream again,” Odwin said. “The one where I was in a hostile place searching for my home. So scary!”

Grandpa shook his head. “That’s the trouble with your generation, Oddy. You put way too much emphasis on dreams and nonsense instead of focusing on school and work. You’ll never escape this drudgery if you sit around staring at your navel.”

Odwin pulled out a canvas from his backpack. “This time it was so clear in my mind I wanted to show it to you. I loaded up my paintbrush with the darkest colors, just like I remembered it. I think I’ve really captured the essence. There’s one spot where you can advance over some slippery rocks to a doorway. From there, you can see paradise. Or something seems like paradise anyway.”

“Just sweep all that out of your mind, son,” Grandpa advised. “Thinking about dreams and painting, and writing poetry like your sister does, is all a bunch of garbage. You’ll simply end up floundering around on foolish missions like your father did instead of making a better life for yourselves.”

“But Grandpa!” Odwin protested. “Just take a look, please? I’m worried I’ll keep having this nightmare until I figure out what it means.”

The old man sighed and turned to look at the painting. “Holy asteroids! That’s Planet Seven. How did you know about it, Oddy? It is forbidden to show any depictions of that planet. We must destroy this immediately!”

Oddy clutched his painting to his chest. “I won’t! And I’m gonna go there too, to Planet Seven, and find out the truth. You’ll see!”

Grandpa sighed in despair. “Just like your father.”

©️2023 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See 170.

31 responses to “The Dream

  1. Excellent story Paula, love the Sci Fi genre and excellent ending.

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  2. Great story! Loved the ending.

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  3. Interesting story.

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  4. so nice Paula! So vivid!

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  5. There is no resisting the siren call and the insinuating, astrological tendrils of Planet Seven.

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  6. Great story, Paula! And well done getting all the prompts in. πŸ˜€ Thanks again for your contribution to Just Jot it January. ❀

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  7. Not the dreaded Planet 7! Oh no! πŸ˜‰

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  8. I love this intriguing story Paula. I hope we can read more about planet 7. Thanks for joining in.

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  9. Wonderful write πŸ’œπŸ’™

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  10. Wow, this is very intriguing! Well done.


  11. The grandson is very prescient and has a great future.

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  12. What a fun story! Don’t listen to grandpa. Go for it!

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  13. Great story, would love to see if Oddy makes it to 7 and maybe finds his father there.

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