He turned the corner and the snake-like things were there, slowly slithering toward him. His heart was beating hard.
“Now,” he said, charging the makeshift device, “let’s see if this works.”
He was awakened by his wife stirring from sleep beside him. It took a few moments for his quick breaths to become even.
“Ow, wow,” she purred. “I just had the weirdest dream. There were these things, sort of like snakes or caterpillars but with each segment made of everyday things. When we were able to dissect them, one link in the chain would be, I don’t know, a Lego brick, and the next would be like a food item, and it was only every few links that there was something – alien – and it was those alien segments that gave the snakes life. But it seemed like I was the only person who cared that these things were taking over, and – why do you look so upset? It was just a freaky dream.”
“I was having the same dream,” he said. “We had just figured out what it would take to defeat them, and I was just powering up the machine to go after them when I woke up, and you woke up at the same time.”
She looked at him with alarm, and then smiled, touching his face.
“Wow, now we’re having the same dreams together,” she said. “Aren’t we the cutest couple?”
The morning calm was broken by a snakey sound outside the door.