Are You Afraid of the Dark Season 2 Episode 5: The Tale of the Dream Machine

dream machine
“Sounds like one of those riddles you can’t solve”- Kiki from the Phantom Cab

The night begins with the gang minus Kiki sitting around the campfire. Betty Ann is sitting near to The Gary and she looks like she wants to say something to him, but instead gets up and paces around the fire. Frank is just standing up, and then Kiki arrives. Kristen says “Where were you?” (kind of mean considering Kristen has a reputation for being late). Kiki replies “Writing out my story.” Betty Ann is concern about her friend and asks Kiki “Are you sick?”. Kiki replies with “Laryngitis.” Frank quickly says “Yo I don’t want you germs.”, Frank is a hypochondriac, but that is okay I will still date him if given the chance. Kiki then sits down and Kristen notices she brought something, Kiki tells her “It’s a typewriter, I found it in the attic.” Frank says “You should have left it in the attic.” Kiki says “Hey it works. I typed my story on it.” Betty Ann says “What for?” (I would have thought it was obvious why she typed her story, but that is just me.)

Kiki should have stayed home or sent her story with her BFF Betty Ann

Kiki says “Cause my throat is killing me and I don’t want to tell it.” To bad voice to text wasn’t a thing back then, Kiki would have benefited from it. Kiki grabs her story and hands it to The Gary and says “Can you read it out loud for me?” The Gary is reluctant and says “Uh I am not sure, we’ve never done that before.” Frank says “Go a head Gar, be crazy throw away the rules.” David smiles as that is a funny statement. I think it is mean to force Kiki, who is sick but still wants her tale to be told, to speak. She needs to rest her instrument. Kiki tells The Gary “Start from the top”.  The Gary with wide eyes replies “Yeah I figured that.” (they all smile, as they can tell this is making The Gary slightly uneasy). The Gary continues “Writing a story on paper is very different from telling it out loud, when a story is on paper, you can feel it, you can see it. *Kiki gazes her friends to see their expressions* And others can read it as well. But beware for once a story is written, it no longer belongs to the author. But has a life of it’s own, and for some stories, that can be a very dangerous life indeed.” The Gary than looks over to our sickly girl Kiki, who submits her story for the Midnight Society, she calls her story: The Tale of the Dream Machine.

I have to say this is one of the first Kiki stories that has a diverse group of kids, most of her stories feature kids of Afro-Canadian or Afro-American decent, but this time we get a mixed Afro-Caucasian, Asian and an Afro-Canadian.

We are taken into a class room for what I assume is an English class. The teacher, Mrs. Dobbs is a portly woman who loves to eat donuts. In fact the opening shot is her chowing down on one in front of a sleeping student’s face. We are then introduced to our main characters, Sean Hackett (the Asian), his love interest Jennifer Johnson (Afro-Caucasian) and Billy (Afro-Canadian). Sean has two passions in life, writing and stalking er I mean daydreaming about Jennifer Johnson. He wrote stories about her in his notebook. I wonder if Sean writes erotic friend fiction like Tina Belcher. But he is being friend-zoned. Before she dismisses the class, Mrs. Dobbs tells them their assignment is to write a 2-page story, they can pick the topic. Then she tells them “now go away.” Wow she must hate her job.

On their way out of the classroom, Jennifer and Sean bump heads a couple of times when he knocks her books out of her hands. Billy says “smooth move there Romeo, what are you going to do next? Run her down with your bike?”

Billy and Sean go to Sean’s house, which is apparently kind of run down. Sean says to Billy “I think she likes me.” To which Billy says “Bet she can’t wait till you get your drivers license so you can hit her with your car.” Sean just pretends to laugh, and leads Billy up to his room. On the way up to Sean’s room, Billy fall through the stairs, and they discover a secret room that has a typewriter and articles about an author who died. Sean thinks that it must have been the guy who lived in the house before his family.

Jennifer, Billy and Sean

Sean is excited and uses the typewriter to write his stories on. Billy is not impressed and leaves to go home. Sean get started right away on his story, which he entitles The Halloween Dance. In his story Jennifer is a gypsy and Sean is a vampire. He can change the music with a snap of his fingers. Sean and Jennifer dance the night away, until he leans in to bite her and turn her into a vampire.

The next day at school, Jennifer tells Sean about her dream and then leaves. Sean tells Billy that, that is what he wrote about for his short story. Billy thinks it is just a coincidence. But to test out his theory, Sean writes another story and in it asks Jennifer to call him when she walks up to see if he really can write her dreams.

Sean also writes a story about Billy being trapped in a graveyard with a guy named Blind Paul, in the story Billy gets buried alive. Billy freaks out when Sean reads the story and he is transported to the graveyard, but he still thinks that he was just dreaming.

Then Sean has Billy read the Halloween dance, with Jennifer in his room, Sean and Jennifer are transported into his story. When Billy stops reading, they are transported back to Sean’s room. They realize that it is the typewriter making the stories come true and race to the school to stop Mrs. Dobbs from reading Sean’s blind Paul story.

As the kids are looking for Mrs. Dobbs, she goes to the cafeteria and helps herself to some juice and donuts. After her snack, she goes to the restroom, where she is reading Sean’s story. Billy is transported into the graveyard. Can I just say that it is so gross that she is reading the student papers on the toilet, not to mention she has a plate of donuts on the floor. Later on we see Mrs. Dobbs cycling on a stationary bike, while eating donuts. I wonder if krispy kreme sponsored this episode, oh wait it is Canada, so maybe Tim Hortons?

Hungry Hungry Teacher

Anyway Sean gets and idea, and writes one final story. He writes that the stories on the typewriter never came true, and the typewriter glows green indicating that it will now just function as a normal typewriter. Billy is transported back to the classroom and they all rejoice. Just than Mrs. Dobbs walks by the classroom and sees them. She says “Can I help you?” To which the kids just smile and shrug.

The Gary then ends the story. Betty Ann wants to ask Kiki a question about it, and says “But what happened to the….Kiki?” That is right Kiki got up and left and once again nobody noticed. These kids must be completely engrossed in the story for that to happen. Frank turns his head toward the storyteller’s seat and sees a piece of paper sticking out of Kiki’s typewriter, on it she wrote “The headless warrior chased down each member of the Midnight Society, one by one until they were too tired to run.” Frank says “Yeah right” and they all kind of laugh but also look slightly worried. They get up one by one to leave the clearing. Also I just noticed that Betty Ann never went to sit at her original spot next to The Gary, she instead sat next to Frank. The Gary doesn’t declare the meeting over, but he does put out the fire. No one picks up Kiki’s typewriter to bring it back to her, so I assume that it got ruined by the weather. I would have thought at least one of them would have picked it up and gave it back to her the following day and or week. Betty Ann, seems like the likely choice to do it, but she was quick to leave.

Moira’s Thoughts:

  1. I really like this story, and I like how the gang reacted to Kiki asking The Gary to read her story.
  2. I noticed tension between The Gary and Betty Ann, when she hesitated to speak to him in the beginning, maybe she was going to confess her feelings to him.
  3. I like the concept that Kiki took with this story, how when an author writes it no longer belongs solely to the author, which is true even for me as a blogger, once I hit publish it becomes for the public and unless I edit it, it can not be taken back.

Thank you in joining me on our last Kiki story of season 2, The Tale of the Dream Machine. Our next tale will be from my favorite storyteller, that is right the one and only Betty Ann, as she tells us about the horrors of leap year in her story: The Tale of the Whispering Walls.

Until next time……Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story: Moira’s Afraid of the Dark? (But not really), Blog number 7 of season 2.

If you want to tweet it at anyone in particular like *cough*Ross Hull or Raine Pare-Coull or Jodie Resther, *cough* to make them aware of me wanting to interview them, that would be cool. I feel that if enough people tweet at them or Facebook them, they will think it is a good idea. As a thank you, I will upload a video of me doing the nea nea and if you all help me get all three, I will upload a video of me singing He Mele No Lilo in full Hawaiian (since I took 2 years of the language). Mahalo for your continued support in this endeavor.

Photo credit: Google images typewriter Group photo  Mrs. Dobs


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