DISCLAIMER: Inception © Christopher Nolan
PLOT: Post Film / Ariadne dreams; fleeting memories. 1 shot.
"I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-"
There was golden sand beneath her feet; she wore no shoes. The surf crashed just beyond, casting golden spray – shimmering. Wind tormented her dark hair. She knew the place; it was Cobb's. That man - now more a haunting memory.
Beyond her vision, somewhere just behind, she could hear laughter; ripples over the surf. Cobb was there with his children - if she could only turn, just see . . .
But the golden glare kept her fixed – flashing. She felt a weight in her fist.
Cobb had his family; Mal was at rest. So what did she have? Memories. Memories that altered everything. Visions of creation - and the people who had shared in it. The dream. The weight against her palm. She had that.
Somewhere along the thought, the roar of spray, she recognized a presence at her back. Calm and patient. A soft shadow fallen heavy across her, teasing like the breeze. Somewhere she recognized the feeling, the feeling from that dream - the memory. If she could just turn . . .
But the golden sheen held her; gleaming. If she could only remember . . .
There was golden sand beneath her feet. It shone across the shore, the tide licking at her toes - she wore no shoes. There was a weight against her palm, the sand whispering through her hair. The surf crashed just beyond, the spray glinting, blinding. In the light -
There were faces in the gleam. Memories churning in the golden foam. She could see his eyes shinning back, dark and soft, a rueful smile subtly splayed. She was staring up into a calm - some glen where she could steal away . . .
And she remembered the comfort at her back, remembered who stood there . . .
And his mild tone, a tint of amusement -
Ariadne came awake. She sat up in her bed - her palms empty, just the memory of sand. In the dark of her room she placed her head in her hands. Haunted dreams. Memories.
Edgar Allan Poe -"A Dream Within A Dream".