eidetiker: (Brooding)
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(Do you dream much, Will?)

Will doesn't dream much, no -- no more than anyone, he thinks. When he does, they tend to be vividly detailed at the time and then misty in the morning.

Tonight, with the photographs of the murder scene strewn over the floor of his room, intermingled with notes on yellow legal pads, he's dreaming

of the Jacobi's house in Birmingham, clean and sterile of any evidence of the Dragon's transformation. He wanders through the hallways and peers into the rooms. Impalpable statues are on pedestals in some of them.

(Lecter might recognize the statues the layout of the house, the architecture. This could be a wing of Graham's memory palace, furnished with mnemonics and decorated with patterns of ideas, like neural pathways.)

A snake lies dead in the corner of one room, its back broken. Will ignores it. His footsteps are silent against the carpeting.

Outside, the trees are budding with sticky spring leaves.

Date: 2008-06-18 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
There's a flash and a flutter of rainbows, twisting through the air like cut silk, gaudy and ephemeral.

She's quiet and wide-eyed (with wonder, not fear) and her simple white dress hides fuzzy-slippered feet from view as she hovers in the doorway, one hand trailing delicate fingertips down the wall. Her skin seems to catch at the light, rearranging it like an impossible prism until it wraps her in technicolour blankets.

Date: 2008-06-18 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
The light catches his eye; he half-turns and stops, blinking.

"What're you doing here?"

It's surprised, but not frightened, curious instead of accusatory.

Date: 2008-06-18 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
Her grin is wonderfully bright, a cool spring morning in miniature.

"I'm Intuition," she explains, as though it's all the answer he needs.

Perhaps it is.

Date: 2008-06-18 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
A blink. "Oh. Really?"

Beat.

"Why're you in here?" he asks, waving at the white walls reflecting her rainbows back.

Date: 2008-06-18 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
"Because it's where you are."

She draws a hand down the wall, painting it with a streak of riotous illumination like some liquid chromatic essence: eau de discothèque. For a moment, a clear summer's day is visible on the other side, promising ice cream and mild sunburn, wild grass populated by picnic tables demurely clad in checkered cloth.

Date: 2008-06-18 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
"So . . . are you here because I'm here? Or are you here" -- he points at the floor -- "because I'm here?"

Date: 2008-06-18 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
Will gives her an amused look.

Date: 2008-06-18 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
She grins, pushing away from the wall and stepping forward with open arms.

Hugs, Will?

:D?

Date: 2008-06-18 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
He blinks.

Hugs from strange women made of rainbows don't feature in his dreams very often.

Uncertain -- but smiling, bemusedly -- he stretches out a hand and takes one of hers, like someone about to start a dance.

Date: 2008-06-18 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
Intuition wraps pale rainbow arms around him and leans her head against his chest, her fingers interlacing with his offered hand. Somehow, despite the fact that her forehead is tucked under his chin, the grin is perceptible-- tangible perhaps, a quality in the rainbow-hued air. The cotton of her dress is rough under his hands; she feels realer and less real than anything else in the house, Will included.

Date: 2008-06-18 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
He blinks again, and then wraps his arms comfortably around her.

"Um. Hi."

The statue in the room behind her fades into opacity for a moment -- it's a pair of praying hands -- and then fades to nothing.

Date: 2008-06-18 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
A soft giggle-- the sound of a tiny stream racing cheerfully down its rocky course; the fluttering ring of a hundred little bells dancing in harmony-- metaphor is reality, or reality is irrelevant. Hard to say.

There is, somehow, a sense that the substance of the dream itself is hugging him (or would like to); an endless affection, shining brightly from every surface.

Date: 2008-06-18 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
"But I mean, do you -- need something? Want something? I'm pretty sure you're not usually here."

He glances around the oddly changed house. "Definitely not here. Not like this, anyway. You might be here, just . . . Am I making sense?"

Date: 2008-06-18 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
"I'm always here," she confirms, "but I've never visited you before. You have a lot of me, Will. It was only a matter of time."

Date: 2008-06-18 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
He breaks the embrace so he can look down at her. "So this is just, what, a social call? A social -- manifestation?"

Date: 2008-06-18 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
Intuition grins, spreading her hands in a silent shrug.

"I go as my nature dictates."

A prismatic flicker of light plays across her face.

"That's a yes," she adds, reaching forward again to hold his hand.

Date: 2008-06-18 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
Wry: "So mostly you go?"

He wraps his fingers around her palm willingly enough, though, and starts ambling down the hallway.

Outside, the leaf buds have turned to flower buds on otherwise bare branches.

Date: 2008-06-18 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
Observantly: "Your trees have decided to bloom."

Confronted with that sunny smile, most things do.

Date: 2008-06-18 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
He glances over.

(There aren't any windows. The outside is just visible.

It's a dream. It's his dream, and she's Intuition. The rules are different.)

"They're not blooming yet."

Date: 2008-06-18 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
Confidently: "They will."

It's hard to tell whether this is a declaration of universal truth or an expression of her natural optimism.

Perhaps the distinction is moot; it's his dream, after all.

Idly, she rests her hand against a wall again, feeling the rough texture of the white paint.

Date: 2008-06-19 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
"Not soon enough."

The formerly endless hallway is ending.

Date: 2008-06-19 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
"Patience," she advises, smiling a secret sort of smile. "Time has no meaning."

In dreams. To her. Ever. All three, or none.

Date: 2008-06-19 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eidetiker.livejournal.com
"Sometimes I think it's the only thing that does. Time. The way it passes. The way you blink and--" He waves his free hand.

"I'm terrible at patience. I hate waiting, so I just procrastinate."

Date: 2008-06-19 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lytii-intuition.livejournal.com
"Remarkably backwards, that."

Her eyes glint with approval.

"Have you ever tried stopping and listening to the flowers?"

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