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Flight and Fetters

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Entry for the "Sweet Dreams" contest (Article for this contest is here...)

WIPs, sketches, and studies for this thing are now posted on my blog, if you're curious. (I got a little carried away on this...)

So. The theme of the contest is dreams that are maybe borderline nightmares. Well, I suppose a lot of my dreams would qualify, a lot of them feature some combination of the absurd and dreadful... And I have hundreds and hundreds of dream notes kicking around. Hundreds. So picking ONE dream wasn't easy.

However - this one had a nearly perfect balance between the lyrical and the tragic, and a plot that almost made sense. (And gobs of melodrama, of course - typical dream-style.)

And having done this, I'm sorely tempted to do a series... There's a lot more scenes from this dream alone I want to illustrate. (And there's a lot more weirdness where this came from... :o )

Ludicrously long description of ludicrously epic dream follows, and no, I'm not making any of that up, that whole shebang was indeed the actual dream (it was a humdinger...)

Dream of 4/29/99 - "The King of the Sea"
I and my companions are entrusted to guard the realm. We attend the launching ceremony of the infant prince, who is to be sent across the sea to join his parents. Neptune rises from the sea, huge, with skin as red as coral, to give his blessing to the voyage. The prince is then borne across the sea on a pillow of flowers carried on the shoulders of four tall bearers who stride through the waves. But halfway across the sea, the prince slips from his cushion and sinks. The bearers don't notice his absence until they've nearly reached the royal pavilion. Alas! what can they do? They can't face the King and Queen without the Prince! Just then, two red figures rise from the waves and replace the prince on his flowery pillow, completely unharmed; and so the prince is duly presented to his parents, thanks to the servants of Neptune…

I and my companions stay at the house of the Good Witch. Some of us recognize the witch currently in residence as one who had once been an evil witch, but she claims to have become a good witch. We accept her as our hostess, despite our suspicions of her, and make ourselves uneasily at home. Later, one of our companions, the fair one, goes wandering in the garden. As he is lost in reverie, the evil witch (yes, she's still evil) sends forth some of her evil minions to kill him: poisonous snakes and toads and lizards. These lurk amid the greenery, waiting to strike surreptitiously. But just as a particularly venomous snake detaches itself from a branch and slithers towards its intended victim's neck, a hand emerges from the shrubbery and seizes it. The serpent strikes at the hand – and is absorbed into it. The hand belongs to the true Good Witch, who has returned after a long absence. She drifts through the garden, asleep and decked with flowers. As she drifts, she sings, charming all the venomous creatures to her and absorbing them into her skin…

The evil witch, having been exposed for what she is, decides on immediate revenge. She summons the hordes of evil underground goblins who have, for ages, been plotting a massive invasion of the upper world. The goblins send forth a great stone fortress out of the earth. My three brothers are trapped within, and I barely escape by clinging to a makeshift platform borne by seabirds. The goblins fire on me with their massive arrows and destroy my platform; I ride away on the back of a seabird. The goblins shoot my seabird, and I am imminently doomed to fall into the sea. But at that moment, I rediscover my power of flight. I swoop back to the fortress and strike its highest tower with a magical blade. The tower cracks, and disintegrates into a double spiral. I seize two of my brothers before they fall from the disintegrating fortress and mount them on seabirds, that they may fly away with me. But alas! My youngest brother has been manacled to the fortress floor, and I cannot loose his bonds. I watch in horror as the entire fortress sinks back into the earth and into the sea, taking my brother with it. In despair, I leap into the abyss after the fortress, hoping to rescue my brother…

As soon as I have entered the abyss, my two free brothers crown me with the crown of Neptune. Am I to be lord of the sea, then? My skin begins to turn as red as coral, and barnacles cling to me. Then, amid the laughter and mockery of goblins, my youngest brother rises from the abyss. Alas, my brother, but not my brother! He has been changed, and become half-demon. He begs me to kill him, as only death can free him from his demon form. But, as he is half-demon, he must also try to kill me. He rises in a half-cobra shape, laughing demoniacally as I prepare to defend myself…
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the-arkz's avatar
Congratulation for being winner on sweet dreams? contest
here [link] is the prize as I promised before

:handshake:
QueenGwenevere's avatar
Thank you! :hug:

Hmm, I see you have interesting photography features too... (Goes to check them out...)
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Hi there! :wave:


Congratulations for winning 1st place in the Sweet Dreams contest! :clap: You have been featured in my journal as part of your prize: [link] :)
QueenGwenevere's avatar
Thanks! :hug: This is a bit of a surprise, I'm still catching up on it all...
eschlehahn's avatar
You are most welcome! Well deserved! :hug:
Starrymite's avatar
Congrazzles~♥
EveryNextDream's avatar
Congrats on winning 1st Place in `Helewidis's Sweet Dreams contest! This picture is now featured on my page in the Full of Win widget as part of your prize :hug:
QueenGwenevere's avatar
Wow, thanks! :heart:

(Ahaha, I went to look, and was immediately distracted by the box of cats on the left of the page, oh dear... the cuteness...) :meow:
EveryNextDream's avatar
Cats have that effect on me too :kitty:
Lit-Twitter's avatar
Chirp, congrats on the win, it's been twittered. [link] :)
QueenGwenevere's avatar
Thanks! :)

...um, reminds me, I guess I should get a Twitter one of these days, huh... ^^;
Lit-Twitter's avatar
If you do, drop us a message. :)
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AdonaelHobbyist Writer
A rather interesting piece. It seems to symbolise a sort of freedom...or desire to be free. Hmmm -ponders- o__O
QueenGwenevere's avatar
Heh, if it symbolizes anything, you'll have to ask my subconscious... I just dream this stuff. =D

Struggling to be free, I could see that...
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AdonaelHobbyist Writer
Join the club, there are t-shirts :D

Interpretations come from dreams too...
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Helewidis Photographer
Congratulations! This piece of yours is a finalist in the Sweet Dreams? contest.

Check out the other finalists, that your piece will face off, in: [link] .

You can let your friends know about it, and also about the voting for people's choice, but please do not ask them specifically to vote for your piece. I'll consider that vote-whoring and will disqualify anyone I catch doing that.

Here's the poll for people's choice award: [link]

The jury will be in the second phase of jurying, now, to decide on the winner and runner-up. Keep connected: [link]

Thank you for being part of this contest and good luck! :party:
QueenGwenevere's avatar
Wow, finalists? :omg: Cool! Will totally check out the other entries, too, I noticed a lot of interesting ones last time I looked...
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Helewidis Photographer
Yes! :w00t:
eschlehahn's avatar
Well, you have freaky dreams but no one can say that they aren't entertaining :P

Very nice visual adaption btw., like it a lot :)
QueenGwenevere's avatar
Well, they certainly keep me entertained! =D (And a lot of them are freaky, yes. Though they aren't all this epic... the epics are like special blockbuster movies or something, there's only a few per year...)

Thanks! :)
eschlehahn's avatar
I often have dreams like tv episodes - continuing the next night where they ended the night before. Sometimes they are like film noir detective stories - weird but also very cool. Dunno if there is a deeper meaning to them though. I have no clue what such a deeper meaning could be too :P
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