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Somnia

You (or a character) awaken suddenly from a strange, vivid dream. You remember that the dream involved an unusual object in a distinctive place, but you don't know what it means. Decide on the object and the setting, then use a dream dictionary to look at common meanings behind those symbols. Alternatively, interpret the symbols yourself and apply meaning to them. Use the meaning to craft a scene about what that could mean for the character.

At the stroke of midnight, you (or a character) awaken suddenly from a strange, vivid dream. You remember that the dream involved an unusual object in a distinctive place, but you don't know what it means.

Decide on the object and the setting, then use a dream dictionary (see options below) to look at common meanings behind those symbols. Alternatively, give the symbols your own significance. Use the meanings you find to craft a scene. 

Post your response to the prompt in 500 words or fewer in the comments below.

Example: I dreamed of trying to ride a white horse amid vast Saharan dunes. I would search for the meaning of "desert" and "horse" and write my scene based on what I found there.

Below are links to several dream dictionaries you can use to search for common interpretations. Note that these are not particularly scientific, but are good resources for creative inspiration nonetheless:

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