What’s wrong? Bad dream, hey. Well, don’t worry, Mummy’s here now. You were calling out ‘That’s not my name’. Do you remember?
Eyes. I was telling eyes to stop calling me something.
People were looking at me. All these eyes were everywhere. Some were bigger than others and they wouldn’t stop coming out of the dark and just floating there, looking. Do you dream them too, Mummy?
No sweetie. I dream of you and your brother, and how much fun we have when we go to the beach.
Hmm…they aren’t scary, though. They just look, and two really big ones called me someone else’s name.
Well, if I was you, I would ask them what they were looking at. Then, you might find they like to be near you to see what you are doing.
Aw, Mum. I’m asleep. There isn’t much fun in being asleep, you know. They should come when I’m awake and playing outside. That’s much better to watch.
How do you know they aren’t watching you then?
I don’t see them then. Just when I sleep.
… … … How many times have you had this dream?
I can’t remember. Heaps of times. It was just two eyes in the beginning and then four and then lots and now they are everywhere. I can look all around me and they are everywhere. I look over here and there is nothing and I want to go there because there aren’t any eyes and then eyes appear and I can’t go there. And every time I see where there aren’t any and I go there, eyes appear. I think they are playing a game with me.
You’re not afraid of them?
No. Why should I? They’re just looking. These two eyes were really big though. They came right next to my face and smiled at me and I told them to go away and they did a little bit but not all the way away. Just got a little smaller, is all. They looked kind of funny, too. Not like yours or mine or Grandma’s, but kind of funny looking. Like if the cat had round eyes...that kind of funny looking.
Oh, they had big colours in them.
No...they were a funny looking green. Sparkly green, and yellow...yes, yellow too. Where is Shadow?
Oh, she’s around somewhere.
There she is! Up on the shelf! How did she get up there? And what is she doing up there…
Maybe she’s watching the eyes watch you. Do you need anything? A glass of water?
No, Mum. I’m okay. Shadow! Come here girl. That’s a nice pussycat. You lay down here and we’ll chase those eyes away. Good night Mum. Sleep tight.
Hey: that’s what I’m supposed to say, young man.
Hee hee. I know...but I think I’m going to sleep ‘loose’ this time. Just in case I have to hide from the eyes. Right under my bed where I keep my cowboys and the fort. I put my fire engine in there too! And Teddy is sitting right at the gate. Tiki Witi is keeping a look out for Indians. He said one of them has a special feather that can make me invisible. Oh, I hope that Indian turns up soon...that feather will bring me luck.
You know, you have such a vivid imagination, young man.
What does ‘vivid’ mean?
Like looking at the sun?
Hmm...I have ‘light’ imagination.
Hmm...well, come on you eyes. I have Shadow and cowboys and a fort and Tiki Witi and an Indian coming with a special feather. Try and watch me now. And don’t call me that name again or I’ll hide under my bed. Good night, Mummy.
Do you want me to turn the light on?
Why? I can see in the dark. Just like Shadow can. You know we play hide and seek when I can’t sleep. She is so much fun to play with at night.
Good night, young man. And ‘sleep loose’ until you wake up.