This was an unexpected plot dream. I thought of it as two dreams, but it was interlocked, so I guess it would technically be one dream.
I remember half being in it as the young main character and half watching. The main characters were a man played by Tom Hanks and a young boy. The man was the boy’s mentor and since he did not have children of his own, treated the boy has his son.
The man was an owner of several businesses - some that prospered for some time before failing and he tried to teach the boy not to be foolish with money, but there would be times to take risks.
Although he appeared middle-aged, he often would see the world as an old man. Changes, failures, endings of eras didn’t seem to devastate him as it would younger men.
There was a scene in the dream where he stood by the boy and they both looked at the hollowed out shell of one of his failed business buildings that was torn/burned down. It was located in some woods (this was the early 1900s). There was a very old, strange tree that grew on the right side of the building and limbs that hung over the roof. All you could see in the building were the floors and stairwells. The man said, “I always wondered what it would look like to be able to look through the walls.”
Me as myself controlling some distant, large computer screen with a remote that was a white square with gray circles. It was thinner than my cell phone and felt light.
I was in some kind of control room and queued up some “game” at the command some alien-like beings that I could not see for a human (again, I assumed they were in another room) to play.
The screen had a shape mask of an “X” but it would move around the screen and grow and shrink. Different green “options” would appear one at a time on the screen, slowly at first, then quickly. The person was supposed to select one as a “wish” but I felt it had something to do with selecting a “genre” or subject for dreaming.
When I saw it speed up, I thought it was bullshit because the human would try to chose something good, but it went so fast, they could just say they landed on something bad. Part of the “slower” time, options like “war,” “famine,” etc. showed.
I remember being in a large house with a female roommate and we ran out of lightbulbs and had no light in the house. I eventually found the last lightbulb and tried to think of a way to go from room-to-room or decide what light I’d put it in to light as much as I could of both major rooms (both kitchens). Later, I remember starting to organize the kitchen drawers so we knew where the lightbulbs would be in the future.
CUT BACK TO:
The control room.
After the human didn’t pick from the options, I became impatient. Then, I realized I was supposed to be the one to pick.
I thought, “I got this. I’m good at the light-games at Gameworks and Dave & Busters, so this can’t be that hard!”
I let go of the controller and it “fell” toward the ceiling as if it were lighter than air. It landed on a ceiling fan blade, then fell flat to the ceiling. I thought, “How am I going to pick that up??” Then, I thought I would just use a grabber.
I stepped up to the screen and touched it.
It landed on “School Loan Repayment.”
I thought, “Well, that’s a lame dream topic.”
Combination of themes.
I remember the father character in the dream saying I received mail, but he didn’t trust it.
I later opened it and it had both “test scores” and a letter about paying off my student loans faster if my test scores were good.
I decided to fill it out and I remember there being a long number at the top and the letter explained that the numbers represented the time it took me to take the test. I apparently finished it in a little over two and a half hours - quicker than the average of three hours and 15 minutes.
I was/followed the plot of the boy looking at a crazy high amount of student loans. The man was broke and in debt at that time, so he couldn’t help him pay them off. However, part of the letter spoke about how time could be converted to money and vice versa. The boy didn’t quite understand what that meant.
The man said that he took care of the loans and paid them. As he said that, he lifted up his sleeve and revealed “screens” (like the old Gameboy dot-matrix screens) that appeared “bolted” or screwed into his left arm. They ranged in dimensions, but were all around 1-3 inches wide. The ones higher up on his arm were blank or all zeros.
The boy looked at the paperwork. He knew the man was broke, so he couldn’t understand how he could afford it.
“How much did you pay off?” the boy asked.
The man looked at his new screen near his left wrist.
The camera panned back over to the boy.
“How much?? How much did you pay?”
It panned back and the man was on the ground trying to push himself back up. He only had seconds left.
The man quickly told him to be better with his money than he was and to keep the “Templars” alive. (I think this was his company name or last name?) The boy was sad that his mentor was dying and hugged him.
When the count down hit zero, the man collapsed and appeared to grow old fast. He, however, didn’t die. He was just old and was allowed to die normally as a VERY old man.
So, yeah, I think I could turn part of that into a story.
After trying to remember the above dream and recite it over and over while sleeping, I had a dream where I was with my dad in some house and I was telling him how I “write” from dreams.
I had a pocket watch for some reason. However, I did not pay attention to the time.
My dad wanted to create the character and back story first.
I told him, I usually dream of an event, then fill in the back story. That what will happen will be someone will knock, then the room would explode!
We talked about something else and I got into a ready stance and told him, “Hey, when we’re done with this scene, I HAVE to tell you about the awesome plot dream I just had!”
So I pointed at the door and said, “First, there will be a knock.”
Someone knocked on the door. My dad was not supposed to answer it, but he did and I remember bright sunlight coming through…
…then my alarm went off.