This one was both awesome and symbolic. Some background.
In order to move the science curriculum to physics first I am going to have to teach a year of chemistry. Something I was not too excited about at the beginning, but now that I have been reading the text book I am much more excited to teach it. However we have been trying to get the schedule solidified so everyone knows where they will be teaching. So a lot of things are up in the air. Combine that with a study I am doing with Temple University in my classroom and trying to coordinate how the data will change now that we are doing chemistry.
I am heading over to Temple to deliver the chemistry book to the research group so they can get a look at it. When I get there I am met by Bradley, one of the researchers, we go through security (which we normally don’t have to) and walk into an unbelievable expanse of a room. It is dome shape and half of it is glass that overlooks a large waterway. For some reason I know this is not right but my mind begins to settle in as if this is the norm. I begin talking to Bradley about the new layout of the classes and how it may change things. All the while we are walking through a labyrinth of rooms and hallways until we step up onto a boardwalk overlooking the waterway. There is a small movie theater and we walk in.
I sit down with Bradley and the move begins, it is a movie that Bradley is also starring in, “strange” I thought to myself, “I know Brad acted in some high school productions but never a movie”. Then I get a text on my phone.
:Get here now, sea monster attack:
I look out of the door of the theater across the waterway and see a large snake like monster attacking our school . I hop on my boat that is tied to the dock and race over there. I put my hand down on my hip and check my holster, tranquilizer gun is there, but only two rounds available. Now as I am racing toward our waterfront school I see this huge beast just tearing things apart, people flying everywhere, it is mayhem. When I get there, other teachers had taken off, or called in sick that day. The students and faculty are hiding where they can and I walk to a safe vantage point, crouch behind a fallen wall, take aim with the tranquilizer gun and fire. It bounces off a tough scale on the monster’s face. This gets his attention and he looks at me. I grab the second round, tear off the safety sticker, load it in the gun and take aim. The monster makes eye contact with me and I remember thinking to myself “This is where I need a sweet one liner to say before I get a direct hit”.
So as he looks at me, his head the size of a car, locked in a stare with me, my brain searches all the good one liners and I say out loud “Smile you son-of-a-bitch” and when I do it roars, I fire the gun and I see the dart hit the back of his throat. It lets out a shriek and it begins squirming around. I see it is slowed but it won’t go down. In fact it is more angry now. I say to myself, “damn, time to break out the big guns”……and I went to my boat and got, well, I got my big guns. In fact it was two very large 50 caliber automatic guns that are supposed to mounted on top of a ball turret on a humvee that I modified to be worn on the shoulders. The same style harness that a drummer carries a large drum in a marching band with.
There is a cross sight between the two guns to aim with. The only problem is feeding ammunition. So I go to one of my students, who in real life is one of my most trusted students in my snake lab and I say to him. “Look at me, right here in my eyes, I need you to stay right behind me and feed me ammunition as I cut this thing apart, you understand?” He just stares at me blankly…. “Relax, I have done this before, I just need you to make sure the rounds get fed into the guns correctly. Do not look beyond me, fix your stare on a point in my back and do not look away.”
I put on the gun, undo the safety on each one and step out from behind cover. I begin walking toward the beast firing round after round into its body. It roars and comes at me. I hold my ground, as I fire I am trying to aim through the muzzle flashes and I can feel my eyes burning from the light. At this point I am wading through casings of spent ammo. I begin to march toward it while methodically firing my weapons. Then my view changes and I am watching myself form another vantage point. An amazing scene…..
A hundred foot tall snake beast is looming above a man during dusk, the scene eerily illuminated as flashes from the mounted gun go off like camera flashes. Pieces of beast and ammo are raining down around me and I begin to literally cut the monster in pieces. I sweep my gun back and forth across its body and the animal begins to break. As it falls I lower my gun and unload the last of the ammunition into its head.
At this point I am exhausted, the student behind me is barely blinking or moving and the rest of the people come out of hiding cheering.
It is here that I wake up. The dream was awesome.