She was surrounded by flowers. They ranged in fragrance and hue. Some were lilac, some daisies, lavender, roses, orchids, hyacinths. It was the colors that captured one's attention. Unlike any she'd ever seen. They were vivid, vibrant shades of sun orange, amethyst purple, sapphire blue, ruby red with amazing emerald greens. Some shown in multiple colors like red and green for bloodstones. Dark carnelian red, smoky iridescent quartz. She stared into her sky; it always looked like sunset with vivid blues and purples mixing with reds and oranges. Cloudy enough to make a lovely image, but never so cloudy that it seemed gloomy.
She inhaled deeply as she lay in the field of flowers understanding the message she was being given as the scent of white sage floated laced with the fragrance of the flowers. Eyes closed she pushed deeper into herself. From her field she could determine all she needed to know. She needed to find who was calling her, had been calling her for months now. But always lingered the thought, this one is a stranger and doesn't want to be found. She felt the pressure of a hand. It was larger than hers, firm and rough. The breath on the back of her neck was steady and calm. He lay right behind her, right under her, right beside her. In this place he was practically a part of her.
She tried to turn around to face him, but was stopped. The sensation was odd for her, these things were always under her control. No one got to make choices for her here yet here he was stopping her. She pressed harder and was met with more force. Abruptly she turned and the world pitched to black. She was falling through her field. The flower base being ripped away as her nose was assaulted by burning flesh. Her eyes flew open and she saw the petals smoldering beside her as they all fell. She looked down to see herself falling towards pits of lava, banked flaming mounds of earth and oceans of burning water sizzling away, salting the air with it's demise. Creatures colored with flame and smelt snapped their jaws at her ready to devour her. Flame winged imps and demons swarmed above them taunting them with the kill they couldn't have whipping them into a frenzy. Sea leviathans with several heads and tails swam freely in the burning oceans eating all that crossed their path. Stubby, stumpy moss covered beasts resembling jackals roamed the flaming mounds unheaded. There was peril at every stop.
She threw her hands in front of her face to shield what was coming her way. Then suddenly she stopped falling. An arm secured her at the waist as strong arms pulled her around and she pressed her now tearstained cheeks to his neck.
"Who are you and why have you brought me here?" she asked.
"I'm sorry. You were never meant to be here. I like your field," a deep masculine voice replied.
"What hell are you from?"
"The worst kind, the one of my own making."
She vaguely noticed that they were moving upward. And within moments she was as she was before on her back in her field his presence there but not intrusive.
"How did you get here?" she asked him knowing that if she tried to face him again she would be dumped into his hell.
"I don't know. I've been trying to figure it out. But I'm selfish enough to not mind if it doesn't bother you."
"You need my help."
"I have all the help from you I need. Right here in your field."
"It's more than that. You don't understand what I am, what I do. No one shows up here that I don't already know."
"I should go --"
"No wait --"
"See ya next time Flower girl."
Fiona awoke from a dead sleep with the stranger's voice still clear in her head. She clutched her head and doubled over in her bed for a moment. She straightened and with a deep sigh reached for her journal and started cataloging the points of her dream so that she could analyze it when morning came. She lay back on her headrest when she was done shaken. Who was that man haunting her dreams? He had been there for months now. And over the course of time his presence had gotten stronger as he felt more comfortable with her.
At first it had been just a brief but untimely intrusion. She hadn’t even really noticed anyone was there. Almost like an itch that was easily scratched. She had determined it was nothing and it became so. A brief irritation she had swiftly evicted. But somehow he had found other ways in and had made her sanctuary his safe haven.
Fiona lay back down and sighed willing herself to go back to sleep. Maybe by the light of a new day she would be able to make sense of this chaos.