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The Labyrinth of Dreams

Ava's Dreams

By Gimalo Angel TVPublished 27 days ago 5 min read

Ava had always been a light sleeper, prone to waking at the slightest sound. But lately, it wasn’t the noises of the night that disturbed her rest. It was the dreams—the same dream, night after night—that haunted her. Every time she closed her eyes, she found herself in an eerie, shifting labyrinth.

The first time it happened, she woke up disoriented, her heart racing. She had dreamt of a vast, dark maze with walls that seemed to breathe, contracting and expanding as she walked. The air was thick with fog, and she could hear whispers echoing through the corridors. Ava brushed it off as a one-time occurrence, a byproduct of stress from her demanding job as an architect.

But the dream returned the next night, and the next, and the next. Each time, it grew more vivid and more terrifying. Ava found herself wandering through endless hallways, the whispers growing louder, more insistent. She could never see who or what was speaking, but she felt their presence all around her, watching, waiting.

Desperate for answers, Ava confided in her best friend, Maya, over coffee one morning. “It’s always the same,” Ava said, her voice trembling. “I’m in this dark, endless maze. I can hear voices, but I can’t see anyone. It’s like they’re taunting me.”

Maya frowned, concern etched on her face. “That sounds intense. Maybe it’s your subconscious trying to tell you something. Have you considered seeing a therapist?”

Ava nodded. “I’ve thought about it, but I feel like this is something I need to figure out on my own first. It’s like the dream is a puzzle, and I need to solve it.”

That night, as Ava prepared for bed, she made a decision. She would face the dream head-on and try to uncover its meaning. She set a notebook and pen on her nightstand, determined to jot down every detail she could remember when she woke up.

The moment she drifted off, she was back in the labyrinth. The walls loomed high above her, their surfaces slick and damp. The fog was thicker than ever, swirling around her feet. She took a deep breath and started walking, her footsteps echoing in the silence.

As she moved deeper into the maze, the whispers grew louder. They seemed to be speaking a language she couldn’t understand, but their tone was unmistakably hostile. Ava forced herself to keep going, her heart pounding in her chest.

After what felt like hours, she came to a crossroads. Three paths lay before her, each one shrouded in darkness. Ava hesitated, unsure which way to go. Suddenly, the whispers grew deafening, a cacophony of voices screaming in her ears. She clapped her hands over her ears, trying to block out the noise, but it was no use.

In a moment of clarity, she remembered her notebook. She reached into her pocket and pulled out a small, silver penlight she kept for emergencies. The beam of light cut through the fog, illuminating the paths ahead. To her surprise, she saw faint symbols etched into the walls at each entrance. The symbols were strange and unfamiliar, but one of them seemed to pulse with a faint, eerie glow.

Trusting her instincts, Ava chose the path with the glowing symbol. As she walked, the whispers began to fade, replaced by a low, rhythmic humming. The air grew warmer, and the fog started to thin. She felt a strange sense of familiarity, as if she had been here before.

The path ended at a large, ornate door. It was made of dark wood, intricately carved with more of the strange symbols. Ava reached out and touched the door, feeling a vibration under her fingertips. She pushed it open and stepped through.

On the other side was a room bathed in a soft, golden light. In the center stood a pedestal with a book resting on it. Ava approached the pedestal, her eyes wide with curiosity. The book was bound in worn leather, its pages yellowed with age. She opened it and gasped.

The pages were filled with sketches of the labyrinth, detailed maps of its twisting corridors and hidden rooms. As she flipped through the book, she realized it was a record of her dreams, chronicling every step she had taken. There were notes in the margins, written in a delicate, flowing script.

One note caught her eye. It read: “To find the truth, you must remember.”

Remember what? Ava wondered, her brow furrowing. She closed the book and looked around the room. It was then that she noticed a mirror on the far wall. She walked over to it, her reflection staring back at her with wide, fearful eyes.

As she gazed into the mirror, memories began to flood her mind—memories she had long buried and forgotten. She saw herself as a child, exploring a similar labyrinth in her dreams. She remembered the sense of wonder and excitement, the thrill of discovery. But those dreams had turned dark after a traumatic event in her life—the sudden death of her parents in a car accident.

The labyrinth had become a symbol of her grief and fear, a place where she felt trapped and lost. The whispers were her own doubts and insecurities, haunting her every step. The glowing symbol represented hope, a way out of the darkness.

Ava took a deep breath, feeling a sense of clarity and understanding. She needed to confront her past and heal from the pain that had been holding her back. She touched the mirror, and the room began to dissolve around her.

When she woke up, the first rays of dawn were filtering through her bedroom window. She reached for her notebook and pen, quickly jotting down everything she could remember. She felt a sense of relief and determination. The labyrinth was a part of her, but it didn’t have to control her.

Over the next few weeks, Ava began to see a therapist, working through her grief and trauma. She also started journaling about her dreams, finding patterns and connections that helped her understand herself better. The recurring nightmare gradually faded, replaced by dreams of hope and possibility.

One night, as she drifted off to sleep, Ava found herself back in the labyrinth. But this time, it was different. The walls were bathed in light, and the air was filled with the scent of blooming flowers. The whispers were gone, replaced by a gentle, soothing melody.

Ava walked confidently through the maze, feeling a sense of peace and closure. She knew that she had faced her fears and come out stronger on the other side. The labyrinth would always be a part of her, but now it was a place of healing and growth.

As she reached the center of the maze, she found a beautiful garden filled with vibrant flowers and a sparkling fountain. She sat by the fountain, listening to the sound of the water and feeling the warmth of the sun on her face. She smiled, knowing that she had finally found her way out of the darkness.

And with that, Ava closed her eyes, letting herself drift into a peaceful, dreamless sleep.

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Gimalo Angel TV

Gimalo-Angel Olowogoke is the Presenter and Producer of Space.com. She also Heads Environment Desk for LN247 Bulletins.

Space.Com Is A Program That Centers On The Environment And How It Affects The People Living In It.

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