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Ring of Six

Dreamed 2018/11/30 by Wayan

THAT EVENING

I'm watching Tina Fey's comedy series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt--Kimmy spent her teens trapped in a survivalist's bunker, but now she's out of the tin can and living in New York City!

Poster for 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt', a TV comedy by Tina Fey.
But Kimmy's naïve. A friend talks her into helping with a charity event for her Montana tribe. The rich donors won't give a thing. Help a buncha Indians? Hell, no!

"We only give to causes that help us..."

True, Tina, true. Ring of six women reading notes they've each left for the next. Dream sketch by Wayan. Click to enlarge.

THAT NIGHT

A woman is working as a serf on a large plantation in a quasi-Roman empire--or so it seems.

But in fact there are six empires, each subtly different--a spray of time-twigs. Each of six similar women in this ring of empires gets pushed sideways into the nearest alt-world, each bumping the next woman out of her time, like twisting a bracelet of... people.

All are low-status and vulnerable; mostly youngish, two in their teens; several are out-and-out slaves. The branches aren't that different, and their plantation gets little news; so when they slip across time, they're slow to realize the details of history have changed under them.

And then, as they start to adjust, the bracelet rotates again...

After six shifts, each jumper finds she's back in familiar territory--except that co-workers look at her funny, say "You've been acting strange." That return home, every sixth jump, slowly makes the women face that this isn't madness, nor history changing at random, but a time-ring! Co-workers don't mention any physical changes, suggesting only souls jump across time, not bodies. They felt at home in each body--is there some natural adaptation so whatever body you're in feels like self?

Slowly the six start comparing notes--literal notes, since by definition they never meet! All they can do to communicate is leave scribbled notes for the next in the ring to find, and hunt for notes from their predecessor.

At least they can write; this isn't ancient Rome, where slaves and lowclass workers were illiterate. It's modern times, just a sheaf of sister dystopias--nasty little sextuplets!--as stratified and feudal as the Roman Empire.

Or, of course, our increasingly feudal America.

Six women in rags jump between six alternate Earths. Dream sketch by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
NOTES IN THE MORNING
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in screaming pink. Pink ponies & purple unicorns of 'My Little Pony'.
Part-equine girl in front of a ring of six Earths; a fusion of Twilight Sparkle and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Dream sketch by Wayan. Click to enlarge. OK, here's a rough chronological list of my major 2018 dreams and their messages. Hmm. Repetitious! I guess some messages don't easily sink in. I seem reluctant to hear that...

ESP's real. I underestimate myself intellectually, socially, sexually, creatively. Quit neglecting health & appearance. After decades of problems making love impractical I have a real chance. Quit trying to be normal, normal is boring. Date anyone playful & positive, don't demand smarties. Oh, and fight Trump's patriarchy with all my might.

That'll do for today--for my slave-note to pass on. Psst...



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