Dream Visit

"Hi Mom, get up, let's go for a ride."

"Soerli, look, she's just sleeping and doesn't react! You said she'd know I'm here!"

I'll just shove her, won't I?

"No, no, don't wake up! You won't be able to see me if you open your eyes!"

Oh well. Maybe I shouldn't have shoved her quite so hard?

"I'll try again tomorrow night."

"Wake up, do--no wait, do not wake up! I'm here, just let me into your dream, will you?"

"Yes! Hello, human, are you happy to see me? Hey, you can hug me if you want, but don't squeeze like that! Yes, that's better. I'm glad you're happy to see me. I'm happy to see you, too."

"Do you have a carrot? No? Nonsense, of course you have a carrot. You always have a carrot when I'm around. Just believe in it, and it'll be in your pocket. See?"

"Let's play the blanket game! See, there it is, let me pick it up and hand it to you. That's worth a piece of carrot, isn't it?"

Munch, munch. "Thank you."

"Go ahead and put the blanket on my back so I can pull it off and earn another piece of carrot."
Munch, munch. "Thank you."


"Yes, I know it's an imaginary carrot. It tastes heavenly! Here's the blanket. Let's play again!"

"Oh, Soerli says he's fetched his human, and they want to go for a ride. Let's join them! See, I've imagined a saddle for you, so come on, get on my back and let's go!"

"Look, they've got a headstart. Let's catch up at a gallop!"

Huff, huff. "Caught them up. Now we can have a race!" Huff, huff, huff!

Huff, huff.

"That was fun. I'm hot, aren't you?"

"There's a stream over there, let's take a bath."

"Oh, look, Soerli dumped his human into the stream and is rolling in the water."


"Oops, sorry! I didn't mean to dunk you."


"Why are you glaring at me?"

"Erm. Yes, well, now that you mention it, I actually might have meant to dunk you. Weren't you hot?"

"Hey, what did you do that for? Just because I got you a little wet you needn't have splashed my face!"

 "Okay, maybe I did deserve it. So now we're both wet, let's play!"

"See, Soerli and his human are also playing dunk-the-rider."

"Oops, sorry again. I didn't mean to shove you quite so hard. Did you get water in your ears when you went under?"

"No? So that's fine, then. See, I'm dunking my own head in retaliation."

"Sputter! I got water up my nose! And the water tickles my flanks. Let me shake it off."

"Hey, don't box me! You were already wet, what's another little shower?"

"Hah, Soerli and his human look even wetter than we do!"

"Let's get dried out and go home. Just imagine your clothes are dry, and they will be."

"Yes, like that. Isn't that neat?"


"Yes, well, you may be a bit tired tomorrow. You did spend half the night riding and playing with me instead of sleeping soundly, after all."

"But you don't mind, do you? This was soo much fun, let's do it again soon."

"You're going to imagine yourself back to bed now? Oh, okay. See you tomorrow night, then."

"Okay, I won't get you quite as wet tomorrow. I promise."

"Erm, yes, I've crossed my front legs. You did teach me that, remember?"

"No, no, I don't mean anything by it. Of course I meant that promise."

"Do come back tomorrow, and we'll have another adventure!"