"The Woman, the Lock, and the Clerk with the Horse-head"
I had a dream that I was child wandering through a mall. There were strange shops and I passed one that, for a fee, allowed girls to pretend to live in a time of Lords and Ladies. Eventually, I came to a candy shop. I had money with me so I decided that I wanted to buy some of the sweets I saw. There was a lot of different kinds of candy when I entered the shop; there was familiar and there was foreign. I picked my candy and went to the clerk--whose face was obscured by the wall. He then invited me back behind the counter while he fetched even more candy for me and--of course--I went with him. The clerk reached down into a bin and when he came back up he had the head of a horse. Then he asked me,"I am curious. What is a child doing with so much money?" His eyes bulged into big black orbs. Frightened, I told him the truth because lying would get me killed. "My mother gave it to me as allowance," I stuttered. "I had a little extra to spend." He seemed to accept this answer and then gave me my candy. When I left I swore never to return to that shop ever again.
When I ate the candy I found myself an eighteen-year-old. With my age came the urge to find a job. I went to the nearest shop, it didn't matter what it was, and demanded a position. They gave me a job, but told me that I would have to stay here over the night and take stock of the inventory. And so, I found myself with a board and pen in my hands late at night, taking notes. A monster came in through the doorway without my notice and sneaked up behind me. I felt a chill go down my spine and I turned. The monster was terrifying! It skin was like wet, grey clay and it's face took up the majority of its body. The face itself was misshapen and unnatural with big pointed teeth. Before I could shout out, it grabbed me and swallowed me whole. I found myself in a dark, grey, and wet cell with no way out.
The monster, having grabbed it's meal for the night, escaped the shop and slunked into a nearby alley. Once there it transformed itself into a small padlock attaching itself to dumpster. It's face sighed in satisfaction for a few seconds before itself then transforming into a key hole. That is when a small woman appeared. She was like a ghost: made out of smoke and floated in the air--and when she saw the padlock she came down. Being the same size as the lock she floated up and began to stroke it. The monster woke up, but rather than drive her off the monster seemed to rather enjoy it. Every part of body, being made of smoke, explored the monster. Her breasts, hands, and hair prodded for small weakness. The monster during this, demanded more and more until the woman found a whole in the back. The tail that was her legs bent behind the monster and transformed into a golden key. When she struck, the monsters face came off, impaled on the woman's tail like a head on a pike. She then tossed the face onto a nearby surface where it then transformed into an opening to my cell. Then she reached in and thrust me out of the monster's belly. It was then I found myself lying back in my bed,(still in the dream)thankful for the woman who had freed me.