I had a dream in the dream. A nightmare really. Both my legs and my right arm were torn off. Bloody stumps under the blankets. And I saw a man crouched over me, watching. I didn't know him, but when I woke up in the dream, Lods was there watching me.
Samson sent me to find a Scorpion Boy, but when I asked for directions I got sent to Lobster Girl. Claws for hands, same difference. Except the first guy I'd asked for directions, who apparently sent me on a goose chase, beat me to it. He wanted to shake hands, no hard feelings, but when I gripped his hand, I had visions of death like I do in my dreams. I slid the ring off his hand, and kept it when I drove off.
Bastard was waiting for me when I got back. He and Samson seem to know each other pretty well. I gave the ring back, after Samson looked at it.
Turns out Scutter, the asshole who keeps showing up in my dreams within the dreams, visions or whatever the hell it is, he's my father. In the dreams. That's what Samson told me. Truth told I don't know what to think about it.
Seems I'm trying to not sleep because if I sleep I dream, and Lods can get in my dreams. I don't know how. I don't want to know how.
After this bombshell about Scutter got dropped on me not once but twice, Lods was doing his performance where he holds and object and gets details from it. Probably some carney trick. But Samson passed him a trinket that had been Scutters, and had the same emblem on it as the ring I'd taken from Bofa earlier. Lods had a seizure when he touched it, and at the same time I had another vision of my legs and my arm gone. Lods kept muttering something in a foreign language, turned out to be Latin, and turned out I knew what he was saying. 'By this sign we conquer'.
After that I went to watch Ruthie's snake charmer show, and help gather the silver thrown at her after the performance. In her trailer after the show, she kissed me and I left. resisting sleep, but I woke up just as my dream self started to nod off.