DREAM A DREAM

INTRO: DREAM WALKIN'

Pillow talking

She's callin' my name again

Day's breaki'

I ain't wakin' up

I'm sleepin' in

-Toby Keith

She was in a field of wildflowers under a black midnight sky. All around fireflies glowed a mellow purple mingling with the soft blue light from the crescent moon. The sea whispered secrets to the shoreline in perfect rhythm with the beat of her heart. But any fool could see that the thing that shined the brightest on this perfect spring night was him. That's what she loved about her dreams. In them he was hers and she felt like the heroine in a romance novel. Deep down she secretly longed for such a romance and she wanted it with no one but him. He said her name, held her close and she was lost in bliss, forgetting that she was back at home in bed hugging not him but her pillow. But 'til she had to remember she'd watch the moon of her dream world cross the sky.

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Sam Manson awoke to the beeping of her alarm clock. Cursing under her breath she pounded the snooze button a little harder than necessary, and crawled out of bed. It was always like this. Those dreams were so pointless. Simple enough, right? Wrong. She dreamed of a thing that would never be: A love life with her best friend, Danny Fenton.

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He walked into the ballroom of masked faces. Automatically his eyes locked to her, the one in the long purple dress. She smiled and went to her dancing. There was no denying that she was the one. The one he'd bring home and live with happily ever after. Softly she called his name. But there it was, a ghost in a long black dress her skin glowing a bright green. She floated a few feet above the dance floor. Snapping her fingers, the people grabbed partners and danced. Slowly and robotically they spun their companions. He stared up at the ghost then watched her float away she called over her shoulder, "Enjoy." then disappeared. Danny looked back to his masked beauty. She smiled and walked to him taking her hand he lead her out on the floor, dancing in their own eternity.

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Danny awoke to the rising sun. He groaned, "Damn it…" Then he turned over, and closed his eyes again, determined to fall back to sleep and see her again. He had been on a roll and he was going to find out how his dream ended. All he wanted was the one thing his dream didn't supply: A name to put to that hidden face, those seductive eyes, and those lovely curves.

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He looked out over the city of Utopia, his own little paradise, and as head of a major corporation. The sliding doors opened as someone entered his office. Turning he saw a girl his age with long megawatt yellow hair and sky blue eyes. She wore a short light blue dress and silver boots up to her knees. She smiled at him, "Hello, Mr. Foley. You called." She said, and then the doors slid closed with a mechanical swoosh.

"Yes, I did. There was something important I think we need to discuss. It is policy number 2341. Are you aware of the conditions of this policy?"

The girl blushed, "Umm… I believe so, sir."

"You are also aware of the consequences of breaking said policy. Correct?"

She nodded.

"But there is a flaw in it. It clearly states that there is to be no intimate relationships between employees of different levels of management. Any such relationship would result in the immediate removal of the personnel in question."

She nodded again.

"But as president and owner of this company I have the right and privilege of saying screw it. Which leads me to the question of would you have dinner with me this evening Miss Lovell?"

She blushed redder and nodded. She grinned then and left his office.

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Tucker didn't wake when his alarm went. He simply dreamed on in bliss unaware of the eerie glow that settled over his skin as he dreamed of the lovely Miss Lovell, the dream girl he believed to be of his of creation.

CHAPTER 1

PART I: THE ART OF LOSIN'

Knock me down I'll keep on movin'

It's the art of losin'

-All-American Rejects

Danny Fenton walked out of Casper High with one of his bet friends Tucker Foley. Sam hadn't come to school for the second day in a row, and she didn't answer her phone. Rumor was she was playing DDR at the arcade again. Someone had taken her high score, and she was desperately battling the girl in a dance off that was taking up two afternoons and not even close to being resolved. Today Tuck seemed certain that if Danny asked her to stop she would. Why him? Good question, but Tuck would not illicit his point so he just assumed it was because he didn't want to have to do it. Sighing he walked through the automatic door of the arcade and sure enough there was Sam all the way in the back warming up for another round of DDR. Timidly Danny approached the machine with Tucker just behind him, "Um… Sam?"

Sam's head spun so fast he was sure she had sprained something, "Danny! Tucker! What are you guys doing here? This is great you can watch me whoop this chick's ass! I always like an audience."

Tucker raised an eyebrow, "Since when do you like videogames?"

"Since I don't have to kill something and I'm good at it. Me and Aurora have been stuck at a tie for a week. I am finally going to triumph."

"Who's Aurora?"

His question was answer by a girl approaching Sam, she had long hot pink hair pulled back in a high pony tail, and she wore a short black leather skirt, fishnet stockings and a hot pink spandex shirt. She was pretty but no Paullina, and was an obvious Goth. "Ready for another round?"

"Sure. Uh, this is Danny Fenton and Tucker Foley."

"Nice to meet you guys."

"Likewise." Danny looked to Tucker but his eyes were extremely wide and he was starting to drool. Nudging him, Tucker became strangely self-conscious.

He looked up at her and turned lightly red, "Yeah. Same." Then he looked away. Aurora turned red and turned back to Sam who put in a dollar. Danny had never seen Sam dance before at least not to fast music, and this was fast, set to expert and over 140 beats per minute. The girls were obviously trying to out do each other, and they might even have been showing off doing some parts backward and switching pads. Then suddenly Sam slipped a little and got a Good. When the song ended Aurora won by a single Perfect.

Sam sighed and looked at the screen, "I guess you've won. A deal's a deal."

"We should really do this again sometime! I had so much fun, no one has been able to keep up with me on this game the way you do… How about we go get a smoothie? My treat."

"Sure. You guys coming?" Sam asked.

"I'm in." Danny said thankful this whole ordeal was over. Tucker didn't say anything but he followed them out of the arcade.

PART II- COMPLICATED

I'm so scared that the way that I feel

Is written all over my face

When you walk into the room

I wanna find a hiding place

-Carolyn Don Johnson

Aurora and Sam sat at a table while the boys bought their smoothies .The way Aurora watched Danny made Sam nervous. Finally she turned to Sam, "What's the deal with that one? He got a girlfriend?"

"No… But I don't think he's looking for one either I mean he's real busy, no time."

"He's seems really laid back to me. Cute, too. Especially in that hat-"

"Tucker?" Sam said with a mixture of relief and surprise.

"Who'd you think I was talking about?"

"Uh… No one, I was just blathering. You know how I spaz out. Ha ha ha…"

"You like that Danny boy don't you?"

"We're friends. Just friends."

"Is that what you want? You do. I can totally see it."

"Whatever. Danny's my best friend, what if he doesn't like me that way or worse he does and we get together then break up?"

"Risk you take when you fall in love."

"I'm not in love…"

"Are too."

"Not."

"Too."

"You don't know what you're talking about."

"Talking about what?" Danny said holding a milkshake; Tucker behind him was being unusually quiet. Luckily Aurora kept her mouth shut.

Sam chimed in when she believed it wouldn't be too quick an answer. "It's nothing really. Just girl talk."

"Oh… So Aurora how long you been in town?" Tucker was thankful when the girls left. Aurora made him uncomfortable. She seemed nice, intelligent, and was obviously gorgeous. But that was the problem. She was too good to be true. This was new to him