Finding True Love in A Dream
“Late in the middle of a cold November night, Bette went back to sleep after the police had run her abusive alcoholic husband off from the premises for what felt like the millionth time. Bette climbed into bed next to her eleven-year-old daughter who’d fallen asleep by her side, watching the 10 o’clock news. Seeing it was now 2 AM, Bette closed her eyes, thinking about responsibilities at her new job and how the billing cycles worked.
Bette heard the voice of her supervisor, and woke up with a start at 4 AM to see him standing beside her bed. She started to speak, but felt his hand reach out to gently touch her mouth as he shook his head, “no.” With his mouth closed, Bette heard him say, “Come,” and hand-in-hand they walked through a wooded grove to a waterfall. Bette felt a closeness and loving connection with him unlike anything she’d ever before experienced, and stepped together with him into the waterfall. They held hands and walked back to her bedroom, where Bette looked at the clock to see it was 6:30 am. Fully awake now, Bette was stunned to see her hair was wet, and she went to the kitchen to get a drink. As Bette stood at the sink, she felt arms around her body and the familiar voice softly saying, “I love you. I will always love and take care of you,” in her ear. Bette could even smell his scent… and then he was gone.
Upon returning to work, the first person Bette saw was her supervisor, who with eyes widened made a point of walking away without a word—avoiding her. A few days later, Bette’s supervisor mentioned on a break, “I had a dream about you,” and Bette told him she’d dreamed of him, too. He said, “So it was real,” and Bette replied, “Yes it was.” He asked Bette to marry him, and she happily accepted. They’ve celebrated November 7th as their true anniversary ever since their shared dream of love became a dream-come-true.”
- Quantum Jumps (Cynthia Sue Larson)