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The Dream Annalists: The Warning

Well, this is interesting, isn’t it?  Yesterday was the first day of NaNo, and I really came very close to actually getting a Day One total of sixteen sixty-six.  Not that I was trying for that, but I came within about seven hundred and fifty words.

Unlike the last four years, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year.  Given that this coming Saturday I’m heading back to Indiana for a few days, and that, of late, I’ve been crazy nutty busy and left with so little energy at the end of the day that I consider eight hundred words a good finish to the evening, I thought that NaNo would be a complete fail for me.  Know your limitation, folks, and stick to what you know is possible.

However . . . last night I also did this:

You have to expand the picture if you want to see the numbers.

You have to expand the picture if you want to see the numbers.

With this scene I passed one hundred and seventy-five thousand words.  Took me three weeks to get the last twenty-five thousand, but I did it.  That said, let’s look at numbers:  I started The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: A For Advanced for NaNo 2013, so by reaching my goal last night on the start of NaNo 2015, I’ve written six hundred thousand words for this series in twenty-four months.  That’s a steady twenty-five thousand words a month for two years, but more importantly, that’s the equivalent of twelve NaNo Win–and two of those wins did happy during NaNos 2013 an 2014.

Really, I can take a break.  I think I’m hard at work on my novels.

So I left Coraline and Deanna standing outside the magically closed-off lounge area at the back of the first floor ward getting ready to go in.  You may as well see how that turned out, as I’ve already showed you the first eight hundred and forty words–


(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)

Annie and Kerry were still in their pajamas, sitting at the round table in the back enjoying a Bulgarian breakfast of mekitsa and ayran. Deanna was a big amazed at how quickly Kerry had assimilated into part of Annie’s culture by partaking in the food she enjoyed. One could say she’s getting to him through his stomach, but she always approaches Kerry through his heart . . . “How are you this morning?”

Annie nodded with her mouth full, so Kerry spoke first. “Fine, professor.”

“Oh, please—” Deanna sat as Coraline re-sealed the black privacy spell. “It’s morning and school won’t begin until tomorrow. It’s Deanna.”

Coraline took a seat next to the seer. “And I hope you know my name, too.”

Swallowing as soon as she could, Annie took over for her slightly chagrined boyfriend. “We do, Coraline. And good morning to you. Good morning, Deanna.”

“Good morning, Annie.”

Kerry took a quick sip of his yogurt drink. “Good morning, Deanna; good morning, Coraline.”

“Morning, Annie; Kerry.” Coraline set the tablet before her. “Okay, I’ve read Gretchen’s report and Deanna’s had a chance to go over what I know as well.”

“Yes, and I have a few things I want to say before we get into specifics.” Deanna turned to Annie. “I do not want you dreamwalking again, not until you have a better understanding of what’s involved, and you learn how to defend yourself against . . .” She searched for the proper phrase. “Issues similar to the one you encountered last night.

“I know what it means to you to be able to see Kerry in his dreams whenever you can—” She reached out to the visibly crestfallen girl. “I don’t want you getting hurt, Annie. I know over-achieving is the norm for you, but dream magic is astral magic, and that’s an area unlike what you’re most comfortable doing.”

“I know.” Annie refused to look at Deanna—at anyone in the room—and her tone told everyone exactly what she felt.


At this point telling Annie not to try doing magic years before she should is like asking her not to breathe, and she’s not a happy girl. For those dreams are the way she stays in touch with Kerry, and now that it looks like she’d gonna have to make their shared dreams work through dreamwalking, she’s a bit heartbroken to be told not to do this.  Deanna, however, is not cold hearted . . .


Deanna gave Annie’s hand a squeeze. “I’ll do this for you: if you refrain from dreamwalking, I’ll do a special study for you next school year. Normally I won’t teach anyone dreamwalking until their

D Levels, but you already understand how it’s done, since you’re so advanced in all other fields, you’re safe to for these studies.”

She pulled her hand away as she sat back. “But I mean it when I say no dreamwalked—even over the summer.” She nodded towards Kerry. “You ran into something you couldn’t handle in his head—imagine if you were to encounter something more dangerous.”

Kerry found Deanna’s statement surprising. “What’s in a dream that can hurt you?”

Deanna turned to him. “A lot of things.”

“Stuff, too?” He smiled at his own in-joke—

—That Deanna didn’t get. “That, too.” She sighed. “I should probably teach you as well, since I’m certain that someone—” She glanced at Annie. “—will show you how to walk as soon as she more confident about what she’d doing.” Since he everything Deanna said was true, Kerry simply nodded his agreement.


Poor Geeky Kerry:  trying to get off jokes that only he gets.  But it has to leave people wondering:  what sort of stuff and things are there in dreams that can hurt you?  Don’t worry:  one day I’ll tell you.


“With that out of the way—” Deanna slid Coraline’s tablet in front of her and set up a file to enter notes. “Tell me what you can of this dream. Or, based upon what Annie said, series of dreams.”

“Okay.” He took another sip of his drink before clearing his throat. He’d told Annie parts of this story as it had happened, but this was the first time he’d needed to recount everything to strangers.

“I’ve had five dreams so far—”

Annie cut him off. “You’ve only had four.”

“There’s one I didn’t tell you about.”


Annie.” Deanna placed her hand closed to Annie’s. “We’ll get to it in time. Please let Kerry explain this his own way.” Annie nodded and turned her attention back to Kerry.

He waited a few more seconds before continuing. “The first dream was the night I got my travel package—that was the fourteenth of August, ‘cause that’s when I woke up—” He mentioned the next two dreams—the second one on the flight over from Berlin two and a half weeks later, and at the end of November, when he spent the night in the hospital after being wrecked by Emma—and then mentioned the following dream . . . “The fourth one came the week before I left on the overnight flight—”

What?” Annie couldn’t keep her surprise hidden. “Are you sure?”


Yes, Annie, he’s sure, and you’ll find this out tomorrow.  It’s going to take a while to get all of Annie’s and Kerry’s Dream Adventures out of the way, and we’ll start with finding out just what happened in that dream that Kerry never told Annie about–

Though you’ve already see it.

17 thoughts on “The Dream Annalists: The Warning

  1. Uh oh… I forgot Kerry hadn’t discussed that with Annie… Ummm… I can see her pursing her lips together and narrowing her eyes at him now, waiting to have her say after the professors speak. Run, Kerry! Run! Don’t worry though. I don’t think she’ll really hurt you… much…

  2. Ah, I’ve been saying this all along…. * although I do understand * Kerry does tend to keep secrets, especially those he thinks may hurt Annie. 1. Emma’s kiss 2. that one during Midnight Madness ( that was the incident I was referring to earlier, not Emma’s kiss )

    I mean, he has had 5 recurring nightmares already, so I wonder why he can’t t tell Annie. Even in real time, that is something a person will normally tell his/her partner. Maybe Kerry wants to protect Annie from something unpleasant, and I can understand that, but for any relationship to move forward smoothly, he really needs to share whatever it is that bothers him,

    And as for Annie, she really should stop intentionally invading someone’s dream. She’s all over him, even in his most private space, likehis dreams, which he has no control of. In my opinion, it’s too invasive. ( although in a way, good for her, she’ may discover Kerry is deaming of other girls, the subconscious cheating, he he he. )

    • He told Annie about the dreams when asked–just not that one. Maybe there’s something going on you haven’t seen . . .

      Annie should stay out of his dreams? I’m sure she’d love to hear that from you. 🙂

      • Here’s the thing, there’s none in his past that can cause such nightmares like the ones he’s having now, except , his relationship with his parents. And, the thing that aggravated him most, so far, was the Phoenix assessment ,, so much so that it sent him to the infirmary. In my opinion, THAT is the casue of his recurring nightmares. It’s not surprising that , THAT also has something to do with his mother. And carrot girl ‘s identity is eitherT he Phoenix, or Kerry’s alter ego. That’s my educated guess.

        You did give a hint about the Phoenix cluing in Coraline about Kerry……… But then you said not to believe everything you say.

        I will revisit this discussion when these events are finally revealed. Mind you, this just gut feeling. However, I’ve also read enough foreshadowings that somewhat affirm the gut feeling. It didn’t come out of left field, y’know.

        I hope I’m wrong, because their relationship will get a bit complicated.

        I’ll tell Annie to invade his dreams if she suspects something, he he…. otherwise, she should allow Kerry some privacy. What is it they say ? Eavesdroppers never hear anything good about themselves.

        • But . . . Annie wants to be with him! All the time!

          Actually it was Annie that had to go, and Kerry offered to take him. Were it not for Annie wanting to go, Kerry probably would have went off alone and trembled and cried for a while.

          The Phoenix didn’t speak to Coraline. I don’t know what part you’re talking about for that first time. It was Isis sent a message saying students were coming: she sent it on her tablet.

          • I haven’t resd that part yet…. I guess that’s the part where you said don’t believe everything you say….because I don’t remember the Phoenic talking to Coraline…. all I remember is the Phoenix telling Kerry to go out the door where Annie is waiting, and he leaves, totally exhausted .

          • Which he was supposed to do. She told him to go out the door and get ready to write new chapters. You don’t remember everything from the E&As, but you do remember little things like that. It’s one of the few things he did remember.

          • No one can remember the majority of their E&A–maybe like 1% total, and it’s bits like, “Go write new chapters.” Neither Annie or Kerry remember what actually happened in theirs, only that they were upset.

          • I mean, I’m referring to myself. I tend to remember little things, and the rest are hazy. More often than not, it’s my own feelings that I remember, the rest are blurry.

            As for the assessment, I remember the Phoenix telling Kerry to choose…. do you want to fulfill your mother’s wish, or do you want to be with Annie…. and Kerry ‘s thinking , no, Annie most probably will not look at me the same way anymore , and not be my friend…. and I choose Annie. So The Phoenix says, very well, go out the door and have make new chapters with her.

            I really need to reread this part.

          • Anniechu, I choose you. That’s how I should have wrote it.

            If you think about it, it’s really the first adult decision Kerry had to make. Leaving for school was easy because he wanted out of Cardiff and away from home; he didn’t care how bad a new school might be, it wasn’t there.

            Actually, the first real things he had to decide that were really sort of grown up was going out with Annie when they were in London, and then in Amsterdam. This kid never had any real friends and then some girl–who he didn’t actually remember he knew–asks if he wants to go somewhere with him. Kerry didn’t get that proud, “Yeah, I must be hot, the girls dig me,” feeling: he was happy someone wanted his company.

            Now, a really good alternate fan fiction would be–what would Annie and Kerry have been like meeting for the first time if they DID know each other?

  3. As for the fan fiction, Annie would be Annie, and Kerry would not freak out…. this boy is as cool as cucumbet, pardon the cliché. He had faced death and afterwards he was like , Eh.

      • Being cool as cucumber in times of crisis is a complement I’m handing to Kerry. I think I’ll reread again the Kansas event, and check out what you have written about Kerry’s state of mind while the fight’s going on. I remember he hesitated and wavered and could have turned tragic had Annie not saved him at that crucial moment .

        • He hesitated because he overthought, and he agreed with Annie that it was a problem. He also figured that out later when trying to used the death spell in the Firing Range. He better understands that it’s about feeling and taking the initiative. You can bet he’s thinking about it all the time.

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