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On facing a soul-stealer

A soul-stealer has come to town,” a neighbor tells me.

“Soul-stealer? What’s that?”

“It’s a demon that eats souls. There’s no coming back from this.”

I am standing on a stairwell. A man-shaped demon emanating flames stands a few steps beneath me. 

“Run!” I shout to my seven-year-old, who’s racing up the stairs behind me. “Get as far away as you can!”

The soul-stealer before me has killed both my husband and my two-year-old, and for a split-second I am crushed by the loss. But wordless understanding fills me, all at once; given words, they would be:

Who came back from the netherworld to say this loss is eternal? Either someone came back, or this is propaganda. Right now, I must do everything I can to save my son. And then, then I will worry about how to fix what’s already been lost. Dead or alive, I will find a way. This is not the end.

“You will not get him!” I roar at the demon.

I am suddenly lying in darkness. I wonder where I am and how I got there.

It hits me: That was a dream, and this is reality.

“Thank God,” I whisper, touching my husband before rising.

As I drive to work, I chuckle. I’m glad to have grown up with horror in a family of horror lovers. I learned young that you don’t beat the monster by sitting still.

My political journey is now shaping my dreams. My dreams, in turn, are shaping my political journey, reminding me to fight for what hasn’t yet been lost instead of drowning in sorrow over what already has. After what’s left is secured, I can then look toward reclamation of what appears to have been lost.

I don’t know what’s ahead. What I do know is that I like who I’m becoming. I like that I’ve got this fight in and outside of me. 

Now, to take it from dreams and translate it to reality: doing everything I can to protect what I can of a planet being made uninhabitable long term in pursuit of profits short term.

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  1. January 6, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Haunting dreams 😦

    • January 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      By the time daylight came (a few sleepless hours later), I was glad for the dream. Adversity is a great instructor; even in dreams, there’s a lot that can be learned from it! While I wouldn’t like to have the dream again, I’m glad to have had it the once and seen myself a little more clearly as a result. 🙂

  2. January 6, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Oof, scary dreams. It’s always so nice to wake up from those. And I, too, am grateful to have grown up with siblings who enjoy horror! ❤ ❤

    • January 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      If I’d had more time, I was going to quote one of the answers you gave me in your interview on Waking Dreams! When asked why you enjoy horror, you replied:

      “To me, horror is in some part inspirational. It allows us to plunge ourselves in the darkest of possibilities, to confront the worst of all imagined worlds. This plunge, in turn allows us to see the light and hope these terrible situations can bring. We see in the darkness of each horror the possibility for redemption. When confronted with the worst of monsters, we can find our own humanity.”

      Pretty damn apt today, huh?! I know folks who don’t like horror might remain perplexed, but you capture it perfectly.

      I think Mom’d be pretty stoked to see us not only publishing horror but using the hopeful lessons from sharing it with her to … try and make our world a little better, too. 💕

  3. January 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Soul stealers made me think of emotional vampires. We all know some. People who exhaust us, within twenty minutes.
    And we can learn from both before stepping away. Quickly stepping away.

  4. January 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you like who you’re becoming. This pleases me for you more than I can say.

  5. January 8, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Ah they are certainly trying but we have to keep them away. Sad thing is that soul stealers have become reality for some.

  6. January 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Hey there … I’ve been out of the loop for a while. This looks exciting – I’m looking forward to getting caught up!

  7. January 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

    “you don’t beat the monster by sitting still” – thank you for this reminder. Let’s keep walking and fighting.

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