A Zoo, A Library, and Everything Else

I am aware that I haven’t been recording down all my crazy dreams recently, (and there ARE two/three more that are worthy of being put down here, which I hopefully will type out soon) but I had one last night- so let’s gooo~

Hibah and I are on the train. The usual. I’m a little surprised by how normal it is for me to be on a train in my dreams now. Eh, commuter life, you get used to it 😛 Anyways, I nervously bring up to Hibah that we should get off at the Brookfield stop and explore a bit. She’s totally down and admits that she actually wanted to check out information about their zoo for another day. So we hop off the train to this desolate, rundown area that honestly reminded me of our current station with all its construction. There’s only one building there, and it’s pretty huge, and modern looking with mostly glass walls and lots of steal. It’s the Brookfield Library, according to dream-me. There is also one giant green sign for the zoo, and with one shared glance at each other, the two of us decide library first, zoo second, and dash to the doors.

I notice this sign towards the left of the doors and walk up to it to read their hours, but then I get sidetracked by the fact that all the doors look like their locked. Their were a bunch of push/pull doors like in SEL lining the front of the building. Hibah and I tried our luck with many of them individually to no avail, until some guy pushed one open from the inside, and while it was still open, I flew inside. Hibah was equally successful because she found a door which had a broken lock and got in too. Now inside, we were about to approach the reception desk until we realized we didn’t exactly have any questions.

EXPLORING TIIIIIME.

The building looks so much bigger on the inside, and extends to a huge collection of the most magical things on paper to our left where it looks like an absolutely normal, functioning library. Then, behind the desk, it extends to this spiraling, confusing and surprisingly dark way. It looked incredibly interesting and I’m sure dream-me would have tried to go there if she hadn’t noticed what was *right* next to us on the right. There seemed to be this tight spiral staircase that went cliiiiimbing up and up, seemingly to no end. There were also a bunch of ropes hanging down from it, and for some reason, a mini rock climbing path that was about three-quarters of a meter across attached to one side of those spiral stairs. Intrigued, I started climbing this strange wall and got pretty high up. I started to look around for Hibah, but she was only looking at the walls of the room, and instantly I knew what she was doing. “Hibah, there’s a socket there, there, and one up there!” I yelled down, pointing in all the socket locations I had spotted from my height. Clearly, her phone still has no battery even in my dreams xD

Once Hibah decided on the safest located socket for her phone to charge on, the head librarian walked out from behind the desk and noticed us. She then started telling us about all of the features her library had to offer, pointing out their general direction as she went about it. Mind you, I’m still suspended in the sky, but this doesn’t seem to be a problem. She mentioned a “rock tunnel” which Hibah and I excitedly start asking details about. “Does it have digletts in it?!” “Can you rock climb in there?” “Why is there a rock tunnel in a library?” To which she responds, “it separates the knowledge portion of the library from the rock climbing wall. It also helps keep the noise from there away from those looking for peace here.”

Screw peace and quiet, Hibah and I are going rock climbing. Dream-me did text an incredibly jealous and pissed off Qarni about our discovery, especially since their rock climbing wall was famous for being dope as eff. I grab the rope and do some fancy sailor knotting to fictional self-belay myself down, and Hibah is already waiting for me inside this tunnel. I climb down the rung of ladders that remind me of the swimming pool type down a hole in the ground that just sort of appeared as the head librarian had into the rock tunnel below us.

Then I woke up as a very confused person. What a seemingly normal dream.

-Frostie
the magical as hell snowman

 

Lurking in the Library

Just about everyone I know has finals this week, or the next. BUT I DON’T. (I ended a week earlier, so I’m done with those icky exams!) So when my younger sister was told to go study at the library, I decided to tag along. Why? Why the heck not?! It’s a library! To quote Arthur, having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card! And I totally did, so time to go find books~

And so to the book I found! I stumbled across a Doctor Who book. No surprise there. But guess who the author is? Hm? IT’S DOUGLAS ADAMS, AAAH! Yes, the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy wrote up, according to the book blurb a book: “based on the scripts for the original television series written by Douglas Adams, Shada tells the lost adventure of Doctor Who that never made it to the screen.”

And I sorta read a third of it right there and then- damn my reading speed TT^TT But besides my epic book find, there was so much going on in that library.

One, as soon as I walked in, I saw the sign that said how the study rooms A through C were open for any students to cram in. And then came the overflow of high schoolers taking up just about every sitting surface in that library! There were so many of them. To be honest, it warmed my heart to see so many people needing to study and knowing that I had zero intent to do that and that I was only there to read for reading’s sake and to enjoy myself. (Let’s ignore how Euler’s equation and sigma particle decay came up in my book.) Ah, it was wonderful. But after I found my book and a sofa to sit in, I actually started paying somewhat attention to the overly loud and zealous high schoolers around me. Ugh, there was this one group of Desis sitting right in front of me that were discussing Bollywood actors and saying their names wrong. Like, COME ON, GUYS. Ugh. They were annoying.

(I also talked to Hibah for a while on my phone and walked around since walk while you talk. #Telenor)

Then the people behind me got kicked out for talking too loudly and eventually these other dimwits showed up. They were discussing having to apply to unis next year and all that, so I’m sure they were juniors. They read off topics from their syllabus- stuff like combustion, metallic bonding, and some sort of reactivity (I zonned out for a bit). But then one of the girls said hey, let’s just focus on one thing at a time and start with something hard. To which they discussed balancing equations. Like, bro, that doesn’t even count as chemistry!! And they genuinely struggled with it. I couldn’t take it anymore and ran to look for more books.

Once they were gone, I came back to my sofa and read some more. But when I realized I was about to finish the book before I even left since I still had another two hours to go, I stopped reading and explored the library. (They had moved the manga shelves and I was determined to find it! Which I did, surprisingly quickly.)

Anyhoo, when it came time to gather my sister and leave, I went to find her, and in the process found some girls that were a year my juniors in high school! Tehreem, Nusrat, and some of their friends were at a table and just chilling. That was the only moment I thought it maybe wasn’t the brightest idea to wear my neon yellow oversized cardigan…(Pun intended.)

Needless to say, I ran for it as soon as I recognized them, and I’m hoping they didn’t see me. I know I didn’t make eye contact with any of them. Now, I wouldn’t have minded saying hi to them, especially as I was leaving anyways, but I know Tehreem has some dholki thing going on for her cousin’s wedding and my cousin told me that she had somehow invited me. And I kinda really don’t wanna go…So if I saw her and she invited me in person, I’d either have to come up with a convincing lie on the spot which I didn’t want to. So I just ran for it instead. Yup.

And that was my library adventure today! Honestly, I can’t wait til tomorrow since I’m going again 😀

-Frostie
the magical as hell snowman