Before Dawn (2021)

Dream Sequence


Log-Line

A man, who enters a reality show contest must spend a weekend with an estranged family. The mother of the house starts to be sadistic when she realizes he looks just like their long lost son.

Short Story

So September 23rd was written to be the last day on Earth, but that's not how I remember it. A week before it all happened I remember getting a glimpse of death. And when I say death I mean Death. It was a long workday and I've been fighting with my wife for ages. It's been one of those days where I just didn't want to go home. That's why it was a long workday. I can't even recall why we were fighting. That's all petty in the big scheme of things to what really matters. But when I left the office it was pouring rain. It was raining so hard it sounded like it was raining in my car. The interstate road was bumper to bumper. Cars were swerving in and out of lanes. A big turn was coming up and I was behind a huge truck, which always makes me nervous. As soon as I seen an opening I swerve around the truck. And the turn came up. As soon as I got a clear vision of the rainy night's sky, just ahead of me standing on the road really tall was the Grim Reaper. He raised his scythe and I knew my time was up. I swerved my car and the next thing everything turned black.

I woke up in a sweat. I could barely breathe. I looked over to my wife and had instant relief. I don't like to fight with her. I was happy to see her.

The next event in the line of the end came too soon. The rapture. But in this case who knew what was to come. It was chaos. It was oddly strange that everyone was in the desert with mountains in the distance; driving towards it in their own one-seated vehicle. My vehicle was behind Alma's. The cars in front of me began to split open. Then my car started separating. The cars continued to drive forward. It was like a magic trick. The front engine and hood separated and slid forward. All parts of the car came undone. The doors, windows, trunk and even the screws. My seat belt removed itself and I began to float upwards. As I floated other people were rising. And I though whoa I'm being picked and the worst part was I didn't see Alma floating.

My sister Leah and I were standing in an elevator. It was as big as freight. It was stainless steal and there was only one button. It was lit up. There was a little girl holding a teddy bear in there with us. She was standing next to me in the back. My sister was standing near the doors. It appeared that we were going down. The doors slowly opened up. There was nothing to be seen. It was just darkness. Then a screen between the doors turned on and Linda Blair's face from "The Exorcist" appeared as the demon she was in the film. Her face filled the doors. She was laughing. The little girl gripped her bear and closed her eyes. My sister and I looked at each other worried, and we knew we were in hell.

Behind the story

I have no idea how or why I dreamt of this. September 23rd was my paternal grandmother's birthday. I may have done some reading on the rapture or watched "This is the End". All I know is when I saw Death in my dream on the interstate my heart stopped for real. I was so scared but I didn't want to wake up. I wanted to see where it took me. The middle portion of this dream where the car dissembled was very cool. I remember not seeing my wife float with us. I didn't understand why. Why me? Was I chosen? Or was I to be forgotten? Towards the end, I knew I had died. I didn't know who the little girl was. I think if this was really my sister would not be standing in the front near the doors of the elevator.    

They say when you die you have 40 days to walk the Earth. Then after your guardian angel takes you through hell to show you the evil. Upon exiting, everything becomes white, clear, and peaceful. So maybe the little girl was our guardian angel and she was taking us through hell before reaching our final destination. I can only hope. The dream didn't continue. But if it did I don't think I would be talking about heaven, but all the horrible things I saw in hell.

*NOTE: I do not own the rights to the above image. It is clearly a depiction representing the story.

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