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This is the novel that the movie Dreamcatcher is based on. Although not being a Disney book, this is the only place I can put it.
I felt like the walls were closing in, slowly crushing me, bringing me to the brink of madness.
"I know you're there, kid. I sense fear." The voice sounded scratchy and unnatural, like a cat repeatedly clawing at a blackboard.
I woke up, my face dripping with sweat. My younger sister Diana was staring at me anxiously, clutching her teddy bear in fright. “Are you okay, Maxy? You were whispering ‘don’t hurt me’ all night. I-I was scared."
"Don’t worry, Diana. It was just a dream. Come, sit here."
She plopped down on my mattress, and lay down against me. “I don’t like dreams. Every night I have the same dream. This weird unicorn keeps singing this song about rainbows and stuff."
"Don’t worry, Diana. You can get him out. Just believe in yourself."
She wrapped her arms around me. “I’m glad you’re not dead, Maxy."
"I’m glad I’m not dead too."
"Maxy, what was your dream about?"
"You sure you want to know? It might be a bit scary."
"I don’t care. I want to hear. I’m a brave girl."
I managed a laugh. “I was in this maze, being followed by a monster. This monster was a scorpion, with red eyes, and black scales, and a voice that would really scare a girl like you.”
“No, it wouldn’t!”
I stifled a laugh again, but the more I thought about the nightmare and that scorpion Scrax, the more frightened I got myself.
Diana looked at me. “And?”
“He tried to kill me. I survived.”
“Of course you did, then you wouldn’t be here now.”
“Can I tell you a secret? I was scared myself.”
“Maybe Mummy’s present will help.”
I raised my eyebrow. “What present?”
“Mummy got you a present. It was a surprise. She said she’d show you this morning.”
“Cool. Care to tell me what it is?”
Diana thought about it for a moment, and then shook her head. “Nope! Surprise!”
As if on cue, our mum’s voice called from downstairs. “Max, I have a surprise for you!”
Diana gave me a withering look. “If you say one word, I’ll do what that scorpion tried to do to you!”
I grinned at Diana as I stood up to go downstairs. That girl had attitude.
Mum shouted out again. “Max?”
“I’m coming, mum! I’m just speaking to Diana for a bit.”
“She better not have told you the surprise!”
Diana gave me the same stern look. “Don’t worry, Mum, she hasn’t said anything!”
I rushed down the stairs. Mum was sitting on a couch, holding a box. It was big enough to fit in a few books, ten or so, or a pair of sneakers.
She set it down on the coffee table, and gestured for me to open it. The way that Diana talked about it made me pretty excited. I ripped it open, and stared at the thing lying inside.
It was a wooden ring, being held together by a cobweb. Three strings hung from the bottom, ornately decorated with beads and feathers. “What is it?”
That wasn’t the reaction Mum was expecting. But still she kept her enthusiasm. “It’s a dreamcatcher! Native Americans used them to keep away bad dreams. If it worked for them, it will work for you.”
“But it didn’t work for them. It can’t have. Magic isn’t real.”
“Who says it’s magic? Maybe it’s... Dreamerology!”
“You made that word up on the spot, didn’t you?”
“Mum. It’s a waste of time.” I got up to leave for school, but Mum stopped me before I had the chance to open the front door.
“Honey, come on! It comes with a free chat with Professor Wilson, a dream interpreter!”
“A dream interpreter? Mum, do you even hear yourself?”
“I know it sounds crazy, but the reviews on his website say he’s incredible!”
“So what you’re saying is... ditch school? If so, I’m in.”
The meeting was a lot better then I expected. Professor Wilson had some great insight. Just kidding. I didn't understand a word he said.
I waited in the waiting room (because that is what you do in there, right?) until my name got called out. I felt weird without Mum with me, but Professor Wilson specifically said that it decreases dream recall if there are too many people in the room. So basically, ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd.’
His office was painted black, so it helped ‘melatonin’ and stuff. Professor Wilson sat behind his desk, stroking his beard, waiting for me to speak.
“I'm her for a dream interpretation? My name is Max. Max King.”
“Oh yes, I know very well who you are. But what are you here for. What did you dream about last night?”I told him what happened just as I told Diana. But as I talked, I got more and more engrossed in telling the story, describing every moment with perfect detail.
“Well, that sure is... an interesting dream. A nightmare, or a toxic dream, as us dream interpreters call it. A scorpion can represent fear, anxiety. Are you scared of something, happening in the future?”
“I was definitely scared at the time. But no, not that I know of.”
“Interesting. A labyrinth, or maze if you will, means there is an upcoming challenge, or puzzle you will have to solve.”
“Like how a dreamcatcher would help me not have nightmares. That’s definitely a puzzle.”
“I’ll have you know a dreamcatcher is very... No. You must find that out for yourself.”
“Find what out for myself?”
“Apparently, you don't know what ‘find out for yourself’ means.”
“Well, time flies. It appears that you have to leave now.”
I rose from my chair and walked out the door. As I looked back at the office, I thought about Professor Wilson. There was something strange about that guy. He knew something. In fact, I think I heard voices when I left the room.
The day past, but my thoughts always came back to those voices. Where did they come from? What did they want from me? Who were they? What were they?
As I walked into my room to go to bed, Diana hung up the dreamcatcher.
“Diana, what are you doing?”
“You should use a present if it’s given to you, Maxy.” She said, putting her hands on her hips.
"Anything for you." I said sarcastically, falling on my bed.
"Really?" She doesn't understand sarcasm. She says everyone should tell the truth. I'm sure someone invented lying for a reason. Those voices... they mentioned a name. A specific name. A name that scared me. Frightened me. Terrified me. A name that radiated fear just by saying it. A name that sounded something like... Ragnarok.
- Diana makes a much larger role in the book than the movie.