The Dream Thief


Nobody saw Ladro shuffling through the alleys just before dawn, pulling his apparatus on a rickety cart. As he moved in painful surges he muttered incantations in a language not heard for hundreds of years, waving one of his devices with a gnarled hand.

He stole their dreams with his magic, then sold a panacea back to them through a crooked pharmacist.

Ladro paused, coughed blood, lined up the cart wheels and moved on.

Nobody knew the pain that the town had inflicted on him many years before yet everyone secretly wondered what the sloping steps were for.

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11 Responses to The Dream Thief

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    What a fascinating story — I am still wrapping my head around it. The concept of stealing dreams and then, through strange, cruel alchemy, transforming them into a drug to sell back to the dreamers is cruel poetry. Amazing, darling.

  2. Thank you. The idea is really a brief insight into a much longer children’s story that I started writing years ago. Maybe one day I’ll finish it.

  3. wmqcolby says:

    That’s a GREAT idea! You worked it well, too. I’d say develop it. Who knows? You might have a movie after that.

  4. Well-crafted, and leaves the reader wanting more. Do develop it!

  5. mike olley says:

    Excellent stuff. We want more!

  6. atrm61 says:

    How intriguing!Hope we get to read more of this one:-)

  7. This was brilliantly done. It’s left me wanting more but at the same time, it’s beautifully self-contained.

  8. Seems kind of scary for a children’s story but then I grew up on Grimm’s fairytales so maybe not.

  9. Thank you all for such encouraging comments. I’m notorious for not finishing involved projects, these 100 word challenges are ideal, but maybe with your hugely positive pokings in my direction I might just work on this some more.

  10. Dear Kelly,

    In all honesty, while I’m intrigued, I’m also a tad confused.



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