‘The Squashbuckler Diaries’ are the daily tales of Joy Shelley’s Life in the Dream. The ‘Lost in Dreams’ books will tell the story of what happens to her at ages 6, 9, 12, 15, and so on. The diaries tell us what happens before, after, and between the books.

#81: Missing, Part 2

Dragon Father was breathing hard, his voice panicky as he called out for Dragon Little. For the first time since I have known them, he came upon the deck of Bonny’s Revenge and did not know where Joy was. There were no unresolved adventures with undefeated villains from the previous day’s adventure. There was no land up to the horizon - so no way for Dragon Little to get there without Bonny’s Revenge

“Joy!” Dragon Father ran from deck to deck, straining his eyes to see something he missed. 

Then, at the fifth time he ran from deck to deck, he looked down at the ocean below him and his face fell in horror. 

“On, no…” he whispered. 

WIthin a second he climbed on the deck and jumped to the water. While in the air a fully equipped scuba suit with air balloons surrounded his body. On the back of the suit was a jet pack that could move him at high speeds in the ocean. 

I do not believe that he was aware these things should not have appeared. I have found that Dreamers often create do not ask themselves why what they wanted or feared often appear when they think of them. 

Dragon Father was in the water. 

The jet pack started with full force. 

From my high vantage point, I could see him go one way then another, more or less systematically, then dive deeper and deeper into the ocean. I could hear his breaths in the suit grow faster and faster. The deeper he dove, the harder the breath, the more worried he was. 

Then the movement stopped. 

He was at the bottom of the ocean. 

He walked now without the use of his jetpack, looking around. 

Then, after a long few minutes, he jetted back up. He came out of the water at high speed, flying into the air, and landing in the middle of Bonny’s Revenge

The scuba suit and jet pack disappeared.

“Joooooy!” he shouted as loudly as he could. “Joooooy!”

“God damn it,” he whispered to himself. “Where did you go?”

It ist enough stress for me for the day. Tomorrow I will tell you what happened next. 

—Told by The Red Dragon

#82: Missing, Part 3

#80: Missing