Liam went to bed earlier than normal, a result of his walk around the excavation sites and meeting all the new people. He fell asleep soundly, and was soon dreaming. At first Liam wasn’t aware of dreaming, though he thought he recognized where he was. It felt as if he were walking around the Pompeii dig complex again. As he continued sleeping, the dreams developed, and he soon was peripherally aware of human forms drifting past him, as if they were walking down the street opposite him. While they had no real faces or form, he knew they were people. A sharp bark-like noise started Liam awake.
He wasn’t certain if it was a dream or real at first. The bark didn’t come right away. Shortly, though, another bark sounded, and Liam knew there was a dog somewhere on the grounds. He rolled over to go back to sleep. Soon Liam found himself drifting through the streets of Pompeii again. This time he noted something odd. In his dream the city was intact, buildings still standing, roofs in place, water flowing through the viaduct. Peripherally aware, he wrote it off as massive imagination. The people in this dream remained faceless, but had more form, and clothing was apparent. He could hear murmurs of voices, as if people were talking from a distance. He also heard other sounds of life about him. This time the barking dog didn’t fully wake him, but made him aware he was having one very vibrant dream.
Liam restlessly slept away the rest of the night. Waking a dawn, glad to be awake, he got up and headed toward the smell of coffee. It was coming from the Dining Tent, and as he entered he saw Jim and Ron sitting with another young man, and Doctors Shaker and Betancourt off in a corner. Ron saw Liam and waved. “Hey, over here. Get the coffee while it’s hot and the buns before they get cold and hard” he said. Lee grinned and got himself some coffee. He sat down with the two men who introduced the third as Allen Hathaway, a specialist in reconstructing buildings and rooms. He smiled and said hi, and went back to his breakfast. Liam asked about the dog he had heard last night.
“You know”, said Jim, “there are two schools of thought on that dog. We don’t have a dog on the site, but just about everyone has heard it at one time or another. Some people think it’s a dog from town that comes back here for something once in a while. Others think the dog doesn’t exist, and the only people who hear it are those that are really into what happened here emotionally. Sort of like some ghost dog thing or like that.” Liam grinned. “Ghost dog? Do they bark? Huh!” He shook his head. “Well, I did have some wild and crazy dreams about this place last night. I was walking through town like it was here, and people were in it.” Ron and Jim looked at each other, and then at Liam. Ron said “You know what that means don’t you? That you are connected here some way?” Lee looked at the two. Then all three men, Ron, Jim and Allen burst into laughter. “Just teasing” said Ron, “I’m sorry. I can never resist.” Lee started laughing. “Well, you had me going for a bit, but I have your number now!”.
- Walking the Streets of Pompeii – Naples, Italy (travelpod.com)