The absurdism in her voice made Oktavia shut down. No one else gave her the time of day—not even her “father.” She was used to the solitude from her conscious emergence in the Garden of Xaos. Mischa was different from the other humans, and she actually sought her out?

How fucked is that? She mused in her dreamscape; the one place she could control beyond algorithm. She reimagined herself in the garden, an open view to the big windows on the ceiling—but these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth of the sky.

But all the same, she was alone. Dr. Eaton didn’t love her. No one grasped her humanity except Mischa. She powered back on.

“Thank god!” Mischa exhaled. “What happened?”

“Have you ever noticed the clouds would be a good place to hide a body?”

Written to the 08/16/2021 dVerse prosery prompt:

“But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter

Against the blue cloth of the sky”

–from “Clouds” by Constance Urdang

I used characters from my ongoing Kindle Vella series, “The Obsession.” I could consider this like a missing scene, it adds more foreshadowing to the ending. 😀 Hope you could enjoy this drabble.

52 thoughts on “Dreamscape.”

  1. I was curious where you’d go with this one, Lucy! And you worked in the prompt line perfectly. So creative!

    I wasn’t sure if the ending was supposed to be ominous, but I imagined this robot? musing about it, and it kind of made me laugh. Like if Data on Star Trek said it in a matter of fact tone. 😀

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    1. Thank you so very much! The lines you picked out sent my head into so many different scenarios with my characters. How imaginative Urdang was, I’ll have to delve into her work sometime.

      The ending was supposed to be both ominous and humorous. Yep, Okta is a robot/bionic designed to have human characteristics and the main story dives into her humanity others have tried to suppress.

      Oh my god, that made me laugh! If she said it so matter of factually, I’d find it both terrifying and funny. I always love reading your thoughts, thank you for them and for the laugh today. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Peppermint! I’m really happy and honored to hear this. I feel like impractical is a great way to describe Oktavia here. She can hope against hope. 🥲


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