Sometimes I have vivid dreams. Sometimes I have dreams I can remember very clearly. Sometimes I have entire cinematic episodes in my head, conscious or unconscious. Perhaps this means I should be a movie director, or a fortune teller, or street bum who talks to herself.
Regardless, the most recent epic is about me, from the future, coming back in time to relive my life and rethink my decisions. You see, in the future, I was working for a big old corporation that was up to no good. There were some natives who had some stuff they wanted (the same old story) and they were determined to get it. I was sent in as some kind of consultant to try and get said natives out of our way. Of course, it didn’t work, and of course the mean old corporation was going to push them out by whatever means necessary.
In this case, ‘whatever means necessary’ involved a highly sophisticated device that looked just like a vacuum cleaner. There was some sort of related vacuum-type air suck portion to the machine, that would selectively blow natives away from the goods we wanted without damaging the items themselves. However, the visual similarity with more mundane devices meant that you could stick a vacuum brush on one of the nozzles and completely blend in with office cleaners anonymous.
That’s how I stole the thing the first time. I decided it wasn’t right to blow away the natives (literally) and I was going to do something about it. With my newfound vigilantism however, I made the world bad for everybody. I used the device on corporate headquarters, and it ended up taking out the whole office building, as well as a sizable amount of the city around it. Economies collapsed – anarchy broke out, and gray and dusty and dreary holocaustic times set in. But I had a chance to go back and make things right, to try to find a better solution.
Of course, my return involved romance. That’s what second chances are all about, right? So I tried to talk to someone in the corporation’s hierarchy about how what we were doing to the natives was wrong, and this time I actually had some time to get someone to listen. The younger son of the corporation owner in fact listened, fell for me and I for him, and I told him the whole story. I told him what had happened last time, how horrible it was for everyone, how driven I’d felt at the time to do something, anything to get someone to listen. I told him about all the damage I indirectly caused, and about my second chance. And he talked to his dad, and got me the opportunity to talk to the old man myself.
The old man, of course, was exactly what you’d expect – crotchety, generally dissatisfied with both me and the world, and hard of hearing when it suited him. I told him my whole story, everything that I’d confided to my love interest in secret. I told him what could happen and what I didn’t want to happen again. I tried not to make threats. I appealed to his superior wisdom. I told him reminded him how the whole thing was like Dances with Wolves, but that he had the chance to change the ending. In my dream this made sense, but it’s really been too long for my conscious mind to understand how the dream is like the movie.
But in the end, the old man was unmoved. For whatever reason, stockholders or inflexibility or the color of shoes I wore, he wasn’t buying it. “That’s not even similar to Dances with Wolves” he said. So he basically told me to get out and leave him alone, in the most barking way he could to his son’s love interest without endangering their relationship. And then I was left with what to do, yet again.
I couldn’t stand still. I found that even though I knew the results of my actions, I had to do something. And there was really only one thing to do – I stole the bomb that was a vacuum lookalike, again.
You’d think the second time around they would’ve learned their lesson. And they did have some security – an armored car for the device itself, and plenty of armed guards walking the car to corporate headquarters. But still, a woman in a cleaning uniform is eternally overlooked. Once again I just stuck a brush on and walked off with the thing.
Of course my love interest found me. And when he found me, so did the old man. But then I not only had a bomb in the office, but two really important hostages. I wanted to cave, I just wanted to get out of the situation without hurting anyone, native or not, but I didn’t know how. I talked to my love interest, and told him the whole thing, even though I was holding the man by force. He motioned to his dad as I spoke, talking about how I didn’t want to go through with it.
“You don’t have to,” the old man said. “I went to see them, the natives, and you’re right. It IS just like Dances with Wolves. I understand now. You don’t have to hurt anyone – we’ll find a better way to come to an agreement with them without using the device.”
And that was that. No holocaust, no bombs or forcible removal, no need for a weapon at all. The vacuum stays a vacuum, albeit an unusually powerful one.