I glanced down at the screen on my iPhone and noticed someone had changed my lock screen. Instead of an adorable picture of my kid and our cat or a sappy kissy-face picture of my boyfriend and me there was a mogwai with an animated caption reading “gremlin elevator”. As I noticed the stairs ahead of me motion trails streamed off the words and the text changed to an angry bold “Take the stairs!!!!”
It was at this point I realized I was in the full embrace of a weird-ass dream. Having the option of waking myself up or giving over to the strange I nestled in to see where the stairs would take me. As I climbed each step I heard giggling friends behind me. I kept an eye on the screen of my iPhone, ever-present in every aspect of my life now that it had made its way into my dream.
When I reached the top of the stairs a slimy hissing gremlin greeted my, pointing a bony finger to a half hidden door. I had to stretch up to reach the high-placed doorknob but once the door opened the meaning of my dream was clear at once as I realized I had opened the door to a bathroom.
“When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go” I quipped as I stumbled out of bed and down the hall. When I was done and curled up safely back in bed I wrapped my hand around my waiting iphone, checked the time to make sure I could safely snooze and fell back into the sweet embrace of sleep, phone still in my hand but gremlins nowhere to be seen.