For as long as I can remember, I have had a recurring dream of a house I lived in as a child. It always starts in the same place. I am standing in the living room, which is completely empty except for a giant crater in the center of the room. It is incredibly deep, but at the bottom of the hole I can see a pristine living room decorated with Victorian furniture. There are layers in the crater, where pages are falling out, as if hundreds of feet of the foundation has been crammed with old books. I have a very strong desire to get to the living room at the bottom of the hole, however I know that it is too far to jump. So, I go looking for another way to get down there.
In some dreams, I take the upstairs. This leads to a small door found in a closet which leads to more stairs and rooms I don't recognize. Most rooms are packed with old knick knacks and framed art, almost like small antique shops. I find other elaborately decorated rooms, but never the one at the bottom of the crater.
In other dreams, I take the door underneath the staircase. These dreams usually turn into nightmares. There aren't staircases, instead there are long dark hallways. Once again, I wander through rooms full of old knick knacks that resemble antique shops, but it's very dark and dusty. Panic eventually sets in and I realize I am not alone in this space. I begin to try and navigate though quickly, no longer exploring but instead trying to find a way out. I never see who or what is down there with me but it is apparent that I am in very real danger and incredibly terrified.
I wake up before there is any type of resolution to the dream, and have yet to ever reach the bottom of the crater.
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