The stranger came into my room and stood at the foot of my bed. He wore dark clothes. His head was covered with a hood. I could not make out his facial features. However, I could see that they were as white as granite.
“Who…who are you? How did you get into the house? All the doors are locked.”
“Locks do not faze me. Deadbolts are a joke and chains make me laugh.”
“But why, why are you here? You must be in the wrong house. You got the numbers mixed up some way, I expect.”
“I never get the time, the date or the house numbers confused. At any rate, you must go with me.”
“Go with you, you say? Go with you? Me…go with you…a…a total stranger?”
“But I am not a stranger. I have been with you all your life. I was there when you were born. In moments of peril I have always been by your side…always.”
“And you say I’m to go with you? Where to?”
He paused, cleared his throat. When he spoke again his voice sounded like the sudden wintry gust of wind hissing through a long tunnel. “I think you know where I’ll take you. Our journey is long, far beyond where manmade telescopes can see, where time and space are one and the same, where not only do objects travel faster than the speed of light, but such speed is common and looked upon as being slow, a place where yesterday is tomorrow, where dreams are not insubstantial products of the mind as they are on earth, but where they are as solid as rocks and numerous as grains of sand.”
“This is so confusing to me, so…” There was a sudden flicker of light in the room, and outside the deafening clap of thunder, though there had been no rain. Then…the stranger was gone. Vanished. There was no one in the room now…except me…and silence. It was as if he dematerialized. Disappeared in the blink of an eye.
Who was he? I don’t know. But I do remember what he said: that he’s always with me. Always. Waiting. I wonder if he’s waiting on others also. Waiting for those who write…those who read…waiting for us all. Waiting to escort us to lands beyond the galaxies, to principalities where all dreams are real, where they are more real than earthly realities. To an enchanted place…where dreamers are applauded, not assassinated.
*** Calvin Davis is the author of THE PHANTOM LADY OF PARIS.