I hear a voice screaming in the distance as I am being thrown to and fro. How odd, This should not be happening in a dream should it? The voice fades in the distance and the motion grows less violent as I watch the crabs in Babbage follow me as I walk through the town. I hear the bells pealing and see the glow of a fire as I wander, wander, wander. I come across a grave yard and am drawn towards it as a moth to a flame. The little crabs continue to follow, nipping at my heels like a pack of rat terriers. They stop in their tracks as I approach a head stone covered with freshly fallen snow. The stone is unique, one that I have never seen in the walks within the sooty city before. The stone work is crude and the stone itself is old, old, old. I can see three spiral shapes on it not unlike water spouts on the front face of the stone. As I stumble closer I feel a spirit, female and happy to see me like an old friend it feels. The heavy dark presence that lies upon me lately sloughs off like an old skin. I am happy, happy, happy. I want to stay here and talk with this spirit so badly. Could this be the spirit of Babbage that connected to me through the passage of the mad ghost Metier? I start to settle in for a long chat and then am grabbed and thrown about again as the screaming returns…
Wake up wake up wake up wake up wake up !!!
I force myself to open my eyes somehow to blurry see Belldandy screaming at me while shaking my shoulders and slapping my cheeks. I seize her wrist and twist it as she starts another slap to my face.
“OW !! Let go sister. I meant no harm. You weren’t breathing! I would not have known until the sake cup fell from your hand and I looked over here.” Belldandy rubs her wrist as I sit up straight in the writing desk chair.
I look over to her with guilt in my eyes, “It happened again didn’t it Bell-chan?”
“Yes Iyou. You entered the waking dream state again. But you never stopped breathing like this before. What happened?”
“I think the spirit of Babbage contacted me Belldandy. I think I know where it lies in the city, but I do not know exactly where.”
“Which means I must walk the streets again and look for the grave yard it has shown me and when I find it then to look for a certain stone.”
“This is madness Iyou! This is beyond dangerous. I must go with you.”
“We’ll see Bell-chan. Let me rest a bit more.” I stagger over to the ladder and climb up to the bed loft, Belldandy supporting me all the way to my bed.
“Watch over me sister-miko if I drift into the dream too deeply again.”
“Hai, with my soul and life Iyou.”