Fiction On Odyssey: A Good Dream

Fiction On Odyssey: A Good Dream

Among these meaningless glimpses into the sleeping mind are the dreams that some people are just destined to have.


Everyone has dreams. Some are quickly forgotten, mere echoes of fleeting thought in the night, while others are vivid and remembered for days. Sometimes, dreams are peaceful, and other times, they're nightmarish. They can reveal our innermost fears and anxieties in strange and abstract ways. Among these meaningless glimpses into the sleeping mind are the dreams that some people are just destined to have.

A Good Dream

In her dream resided wide meadows rolling away into the hard blue line of the horizon.

In her dream, the sun beamed down in rays of sleepy golden warmth.

In her dream, she could hear the gentle gurgling of the river and watched its snake-like form unwind all across the grassland.

In her dream, she was completely alone, though her family was there.

Her father, young and handsomely dressed, toiled dutifully at a tall mountain of paperwork, the chains about his wrists and ankles clinking together with a merry clangor.

Her mother, perpetually surrounded by all sorts of highborn ladies and gentlemen, all of whom wore masks depicting heinous and monstrous forms. In a way, she, too, was chained.

What did my chains look like? She wondered. The girl lifted an arm and blankly observed the crisscrossing scars that blotted her pale flesh. She rubbed absently at her wrists, feeling the deep divots in her skin where the metal had chafed, tightened, and sliced. There was nothing now but red and purple bruises to show for it.

What was it that released those chains? Who had the power to release them?

Did it matter?

I suppose not, she thought. What mattered was that she was finally free of them. She no longer had to think of herself as an echo to her parents, a living prop for them to boast of to their various business partners and family friends.

In the world as she'd known it, the sky was always filled with greasy black fumes from the surrounding industrial factories, and the air tasted like poison. There had forever been talk of the war edging closer and closer, a food shortage in that city, a massacre in another.

So much noise, constantly filling her head, deafening her. The world itself just seemed too loud. The ceaseless clanging of the chains had been on the verge of driving her mad. Everyone had them.

A niggling thought wormed its way through her mind. Is it truly possible to break those chains?

Dark, brooding clouds gathered slowly over the meadows. Lightning licked across the sky in veins of blue and white, followed soon by the hollow rumble of thunder. Despite the clouds, the air was so dry.

Against the horizon, the girl could see a deep orange blaze lashing up toward the clouds. Flames drank the grasslands with whooshing red tongues, consuming her family, her peaceful, green world.

When she woke, morning sunlight and fresh tears were on her face. It felt as though a great weight was settling back over her, like the caul was being drawn back over her entire body.

Almost instinctively, she studied her wrists again, but they were smooth and unblemished now, free of any scars.

Yet as she moved to leave her bed, she swore she could hear the dry clacking of metallic chains.

Popular Right Now

How Happiness In A Relationship Is So Important

What is the happiness and love that we as individuals deserve when it comes to our relationship?


It's different for each of us. Some prefer being showered in gifts, being showed off on social media, bragged about to family and friends. But, what is the one thing that all of those have in common?

That would be the unmistakable amount of love your significant other has for you, that they will do anything to show you that they love you unconditionally. We all show our love for one another in various ways. I for one love being shown the love someone else has for me in small things they do.

It could be a simple 'good morning love' text message or even just a hug out of the blue. Knowing that someone cares so deeply about you is one of life's greatest gifts. Knowing that another human being loves you and wants to be with you, it makes us drunk off of love and our heads float up to the stars.

However, when we don't feel that love, that connection, that reassurance from our significant other that they love and care for us back, it can be an extremely overwhelming and a lonely feeling.

We start looking for those feelings and connections elsewhere. In our friends for reassurance if we look good or blowing up their phones for attention.

We start caring about if other people find us attractive or not, we relish in compliments that other people give us. We start looking for that happiness elsewhere. It's not because you stop loving your significant other or stop caring about them, but we as humans need to feel important and like we are needed by another person.

When you stop letting your significant other know how much you care about them or showcasing your love for them, even if it's a simple gesture like holding their hand or holding the door open for them, they will begin to look elsewhere.

Now I am in no way saying that they will cheat on you, but your relationship and their attitude and feelings towards you will never be the same until you start showing them how much they mean to you just as much as they do for you. I don't condone cheaters or staying in a relationship that you are not happy in.

Yes, some relationships go through hard times like distance or a traumatic event. However, the way I see it is if you entered into the relationship, to begin with, you obviously cared about that person a lot and if they show you that they care and love you for the person you are and your past then they deserve the same in return from you.

Relationships are not always easy, they take time, determination, communication, compromise, and love to stay afloat. If one of you isn't willing to give your all and put forth the effort needed then it will never work. A relationship can't be successful if it is only one-sided.

Despite peoples life's being busy on a day to day basis, you need to always find time for your significant other. Because at the end of the day when things hit the fan, your significant other should be the one that will be there no matter what and always be by your side.

All in all, you need to treat each other the way in which you would want to be treated in a relationship and treat them the way they should be treated despite whatever chaos is going on in the world about you. Love is the conquer of all and should never be thrown around or not taken seriously.

Loving someone else is a gift we are given by God and never taken lightly.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Behind The Lyrics: 'Enjoy Your Life' By MARINA

As simple as it may seem to "enjoy your life", many need remindeers every now and then. The song "Enjoy Your Life" by MARINA serves as a reminder to listeners to fully embrace your life and enjoy the ups and downs of life.


In the song "Enjoy Your Life" by MARINA, there are many uplifting themes reflected. For many, the song serves as a reminder to enjoy the simple things in life. Music can be very therapeutic and is something many people use to cope throughout their day-to-day. In the son "Enjoy Your Life", MARINA tackles the issues of pressure and stress we feel every day and encourages the listener to put aside their worries and enjoy their life. The song has become an anthem for happiness and gratefulness. In life, there will always be ups and downs, life will always be a balance between the two. The song promotes to the listener to accept this balance and embrace it. The song encourages a positive outlook on life and can be very beneficial for listeners who are having a hard time feeling positive. In this article, I will break down the lyrics and their meaning.

1. Verse 1

"I, I know
You've been feeling stuck, feeling low
You can't see
How good this life can be"

The opening verse addresses the listener and opens up a conversation about how your mindset can affect you. Many times it's common we get stuck in a bad mindset, whether we are always worrying or complaining about our day to day or things that stress us out.

2. Pre-Chorus

"Looking to the future like it's gonna make you happy
Save you from reality, yeah, yeah
Imagining the worst like it's gonna end so badly, yeah, yeah"

Many times it's common we worry about the future. Whether its upcoming deadlines or events coming up, we always find something to worry about. Sometimes this obsessive behavior can become toxic. Sometimes this worry can become anxiety of the future and can lead one to imagine the worst.

3. Chorus

"Sit back and enjoy your problems (Uh)
You don't always have to solve them (Yeah)
'Cause your worst days, they are over
So enjoy your life
Yeah, you might as well accept it (Uh)
Don't you waste your time regretting (Yeah)
'Cause your worst days, they are over
So enjoy your life"

The chorus begins by encouraging the listener to enjoy your problems, which sounds strange to hear. Usually, when faced with problems we don't ever really enjoy it, instead, we may feel down or complain. This phrase as mentioned in an interview with MARINA serves as a reminder to be happy and enjoy your life and everything that comes with it. The chorus encourages the listener to enjoy life and not stress over your problems because you may end wishing you didn't always spend so much time worrying or trying to fix your problems in life. Simply put, the chorus's message is to enjoy your life.

4. Verse 2

"Sun comes up
Your eyes they see clear
Take one breath
Your worries start to disappear"

In the second verse, MARINA uses the sunrise as a symbol for new hope each day, and how each day is a new start. This symbol is reflective to the lyrics "The sun will rise, and we will try again", from the song "Truce" by Twenty One Pilots; who similarly use the sunrise as a new hope and a new beginning to keep trying.

5. Bridge

"When we're down low
Everybody's moving 'round in slo-mo
Never think we'll get out of this black hole
But you're not living in this world alone, alone"

When you feel sad or depressed, it's not uncommon to feel alone or feel like no one else is going through what you are going through. For those with depression, it can feel like you are stuck feeling depressed and it can feel like no one else around you would ever understand the feeling. In this part of the song, MARINA reaches out to the listener to encourage them that you're not alone in your struggle.

6. Outro

"So enjoy your life (Uh, ooh-ooh)
So enjoy your life (Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh)
So enjoy your life"

The song wraps up the message and reminds the listener once more to enjoy your life.

Related Content

Facebook Comments