Perchance to Dream

This is my last response to a NaNoWriYe DreamWidth prompt for today.  If you know Shakespeare, you can guess that this sort of goes with the previous one.  It’s sort of a “meanwhile in Allemande” type thing.

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Gilbert lay, flat on his back, staring at the ceiling. He was meant to be sleeping, but he couldn’t sleep. He had too much on his mind. He rolled onto his side and looked at Madeline.

She was curled on her side, facing him. He reached out and caressed her cheek. He had very nearly been lost to her. When he’d gone to Veligrad, he’d promised her that he would return and he’d nearly broken that promise.

He heaved a sigh as he remembered a dream he often had when he was young. As he closed his eyes, he could still picture the scene: the sun sinking towards the horizon, shining off the mirrored surface of a lake. He would step to the edge of a cliff and throw himself off, towards the water below. He’d have to trust that he would land in the water correctly.

That was, he realized, what he had done every day when he’d been in Veligrad. Every time that he’d gone to the lab, he had been throwing himself off a cliff and trusting that everything would turn out all right.

Every time before, he had landed smoothly, cutting through the water like an experienced diver. Today, he’d nearly drowned. He probably would have been killed, except that one person carried enough to rescue him. Gilbert heaved a sigh and smiled. When he opened his eyes, he found that Madeline was smiling at him. “I love you,” he whispered.

“And I you,” she said. Then, she snuggled closer and kissed his mouth. Breaking the kiss, she set her head on his chest and said, “Now, go to sleep. We have a busy day tomorrow.”

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