LuckSon II - The NIghtmare

Author's Note


Greetings!  First, let me thank you for picking up this book and allowing me to share the story of LuckSon, Stacy and Mrs. Whitting with you. I’m sitting at my desk as I type this, and can’t help but wonder to myself who in the future will be reading the very words I am typing, right at this moment.  Whether you are a member of my family, a close friend, an acquaintance, a young adult on the other side of the country, or someone I have never met, I want to thank you for taking the time to join me in the story of Dream Walkers.

It’s kind of ironic that having just thanked you for picking up this book, I am now going to turn around in almost the same breath and recommend that if you haven’t read the first book, LuckSon, to put this down and read it first.  This book picks up moments after LuckSon finishes, with very little explanation of what has already happened.  So, rather than have you be totally lost and confused, I feel an obligation to at least warn you of the importance of reading the first book before continuing.  Trust me, you will enjoy reading this book much more if you have already read the previous one.

I also wanted to take a moment to explain what a Dream Walker is and how they work.  The world of dream walking is explained as you read through the books, but there are a few minor points that are worth highlighting that will help clarify these magical tools.

A Dream Walker resembles a dream catcher, you know the kind you can buy at roadside markets and tourist shops all over America.  The biggest differences between the two, as Mrs. Whitting would say, is that Dream Walkers actually work and they have the outline of a walking man stitched into the centers.  These magical tools will enable people who are descendants of the Chippewa American Indian tribe to visit someone else’s dreams as long as they have a personal item that belongs to that individual.

Dream Walkers are also a form of time machine.  You can attach beads and feathers to a Dream Walker and it will allow you to visit a person’s dreams in the past or the future.  If the feathers and beads are black, then you go into the past.  If the feathers are white, then you go into the future.  The only problem is that they are not very precise.  So, for every feather and bead combination, you can traverse ten years of time.  Other colored feathers may allow you to be more precise, but that is something to be discovered in another book.

A person who uses a Dream Walker, is sometimes referred to as a dream walker themselves.  This is really a result of bad translations from the original Ojibwe language.  In Ojibwe, the Dream Walker magical tool is called an asabikeshiinhs, which means a spider, or a bawaajige nagwaagan which means a Dream Snare.  A person who uses a Dream Walker is called a bawaajigan inose, which means, he who dream walks to a certain place.  For some unknown reason, when translated into English, the term Dream Walker was used for both, for which all I can do is blame the translators.  To help with differentiating between the two, the magical tool will always be capitalized, Dream Walker, while the individual will not: dream walker.

  Usually, a single person uses a Dream Walker to visit someone else’s dreams.  When this happens, a portion of reality from each is fused together to make a new dream world.  Because it is made using the magic of the Dream Walker, whatever happens in this new dream world can affect the real world for each person.  This is why you must be very careful in a dream walk, because if you get hurt there, you will wake up with the same injuries.

Finally, when a dream walker visits someone who is also a dream walker, they are transported to a place known as the First World.  This is a place of permanence, as Mrs. Whitting’s father would say.  It is an especially powerful place because whatever happens in the First World, it cannot be changed or undone.  Even if time changes around it, those dreams remain constant and unchanged.  That is why one must be very careful about what happens while in the First World. 

Ok, I think that may be all you need to know before you start this journey with me.  Again, I thank you for being willing to walk with LuckSon, Stacy and Mrs. Whitting on this voyage.  Enjoy their adventures, and I wish you safe travels and pleasant dreams.

 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel A Nanto