|Book 2: Angleworm||Page 6: On Dreams||
The background is white.
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Dr. Angstrom, one arm resting on the arm of the armchair and turning towards Zane, says "Dream imagery can be important, Mr. Zane, but I shun Freudian interpretations." Zane, sitting up on the couch, is slumping down, looking at the floor. He answers "I'd rather shun the *imagery.*" Beside him, Mercy is awake, looking up at him. The colors are the standard cool blues associated with Dr. Angstrom's therapy sessions.
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Angstrom continues, "Dreams are more useful as a barometer for other types of stresses. Anxious dreams are a product of *anxiety*. Decreasing your daily anxieties will decrease the nightmares."
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Zane, sitting up but slightly slouched over, as if he's worn down, looks distant and vulnerable. He says "In the dreams... I always... go look. Even if I already know what I'm going to find. I can't... *stop* myself. You ever have dreams like that?" Mercy is clinging to his back and peeking around the side, one wing brushing his forearm.
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Dr. Angstrom answers "Of course. When we sleep, we are at the mercy of our inner *infrapsyche.* The nightmare only gives you the *illusion* of control. That is why we always look."
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He looks thoughtful, with his hands held together in front of him so that the fingertips are touching. He continues, "Upon waking, control is returned to the *outer* infrapsyche, and we become our normal selves. That's from a *very* noted researcher."
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Angstrom smiles, leaning back and looking relaxed. He gestures with one hand and says "... And as soon as I can get it published, everyone *else* will know it's from a noted researcher too." Zane looks annoyed as he starts to push himself up off the couch, looking to the side and saying "I think our time is up." Mercy hovers in the air beside him, flapping her wings.
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