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I've had some very vivid, very surreal dreams, and I'm compelled to share them and hear about yours. This one was from last night:
I'm in the forest. I know I'm traveling with people, but they aren't really identified. Just people. Anyway, we're walking through the forest, and I see these solid black figures just slowly walk. They appear every once in awhile. They kind of look like a Cactuar, if it was solid black and proportioned more like a person. After I see one or two, I try to chase after them. Nobody seems to care much that I'm doing this. So when I get close to one, I start yelling at it. "Hey, wait!" Then, somehow, I can tell it turns its "head" and looks at me, even though there is absolutely no way of knowing which way it's facing as it doesn't have any distinguishing features. I try this a couple more times, and they all do the same thing.
We leave the forest. Now we're traveling in a caravan up a mountain pass, with pack animals and other things. I know we recently battled against what I can only describe as a gigantic manta ray with similar coloring of a crab (red on top, white on bottom). It was a tough fight and we're exhausted. We reach a point in the path that opens up into a valley on the left side. There is a cave about a mile away. At the mouth of the cave is another of those manta rays. We panic. Some girl screams, "Oh no, there's another one!" It slowly takes flight, lazily waking from its rest, and flies behind us and lands at the neck of the path. We can't go back. The animals are scared, we're scared, looks like a bad situation.
Suddenly, somebody says (and it might have even been me), "No, look! It's not coming after us, it's running away from the cave!" We all run to the cave, and at the mouth is this black liquid. It runs like water, but it's thick like syrup. I yell at everybody to stop, because "it's death." Everyone steps in it anyway, but nothing happens. I recall my feet sliding when I took a step, and then suddenly stopping every time. We walk/shuffle forward into the cave.
Now we're in an office building. It's dark and claustrophobic, and I can feel a sense of impending doom. My companions have become a group of highschool or college-age students. I very carefully look around a bit on my own, and then join the group inside of a meeting room with one of those long oval tables that takes up most of the space. Everyone is standing completely still. They look very scared.
They are all looking in the exact same spot.
It's one of the black figures. It's at one end of the table. But it has gigantic white eyes, and they're staring intensely back at each and every one of us, even if they aren't moving. Somebody tells us that we have to look at it, because it will kill us if we don't.
That's when I was woken up. But in the dream, I knew I had to keep looking at this thing, so it wouldn't kill us, and I resisted being woken up. I knew it was happening but there was this sense of extreme urgency that I had to stare at this thing, I just had to, or something horrible would happen.
And then I woke up.
I remember each detail like it actually happened, and I felt like I was there the whole time. It was extremely vivid, and I actually really liked it.