I'll keep names out of this one. I'll just say NT and SF.
NT is the star of my dream, I'm no where in it. He's working at a large government organization, and quickly working his way up the ranks in the research department, building his name and reputation to secure himself a good job -- the only job of importance currently. The world has been without the sun for nearly a year. NT is working on why, and how to solve it.
The world is chaotic, and government jobs like his have lots of security in the wake of things. Every 'day' is weak and dull, the sun looking like the moon, the rays too weak and distant to support life. Crops are failing, even artificial light is only doing so much, and energy is running out. The government delivers things in secureboxes, metal cage-like things that keep the contents safe and secure from looters and loonies. NT gets called into a briefing because he was the only one yanked for a new assignment. Chosen for his reputation and trustworthy factors, he's to take on analyzing the results of tests being run on the contents of a securebox coming in that evening. NT is delighted to be given such an outstanding job.. The pay is good, the hours are only 10 now instead of 12, and he's given a higher rank.
The securebox comes in. It's not like the others.. there's heavy, thick layers of metal around it, oxygen tanks linked up to it, heavy security transporting it. There's a thin rectangle of thick glass used to peek inside.. and as he watches the box go by, he sees two eyes peek out of them at him. They're the most beautiful, stunning things NT has ever seen. He had to look away after a moment, he was so overwhelmed. Not in the attracted, sexual way.. just overwhelmed at the beauty. The way someone is overwhelmed by the sight of a mountain for the first time. He realizes the tests are coming from whatever, or whoever, is inside of that box. The thing inside radiates light, and is too bright for him to be able to see clearly inside.
He confides into SF. It was too odd to keep to himself and make sense of it. SF has little to say on the subject, just listening intently. As NT continues his work, he realizes the thing inside has to be human, or humanoid. He starts to hear a woman's voice.. not speaking, or anything of this earth, but a woman's voice.. crying for help. He's not even sure how he knows it's crying for help. He dreams of breaking the box open when he sleeps. He's determined to figure out why this is happening so he studies more the results, and forgets to eat, and sleep. As he goes through it all.. he realizes this object inside has potential energy that rivals that of the sun itself as it once was. He tries communicating with it.. and although he fails at this for several weeks, it will sit up and look through the glass at him if the guards leave down the hall.
The agency is thrilled he's making progress.. they're hoping this thing cooperates with NT and give him wiggle room to work with it. NT starts to feel heart aching guilt, and he doesn't understand what's causing it. (My dream knowledge tells me it is the being inside manipulating his emotions to it's cause) He finally gets together with SF on a pathetic excuse for a day, and confides everything.. the dreams, the voices, the entity itself (Which he's kept secret until now). SF jokingly says, "What's the worst that could happen? You bust it open and it's a man inside?" .. The joke breaking the tention in NT's head, SF says, "I've never heard this from you before, ever. If you feel like it's the right thing to do.. then you do that. If it's the wrong decision later on, then at least it was right for you right then and now. I'll support you, cross my heart." NT opens his fortune cookie and it says, "What good is the frosting if the cake is bad?"
So, at work late at night, the wing to himself, he's looking over the data strenuously. He's trying to ensure there were no errors.. that this thing could not have possibly come from Earth. The thing inside impatiently is watching him.. and NT's trembling, and grabs the locks and keys and opens the chamber.
An angel is inside.. A magnificent, radiant, naked and clothed at the same time, the wings open up after being so cramped in the box for so long. NT has no idea how to react.. and just stands there wide eyed. And realizes there is no time. He was right.. he needed to free this thing. But he's only half-way there. As soon as he grabs it, he clearly hears the muffled voice he's been hearing for so long. It's speaking directly in his head. And it tells him it's apologies for pulling puppet strings, but that it needed to get back to its job.. NT runs through the hallways as fast as he can, hitting emergency evacuation switches as he goes, guiding the thing as fast as his feet have ever carried him. He decides on a side door that is usually used for mail delivery, and as he runs he slams into the door, falling over.. The angel takes off.
NT watches it fall up and up into the sky, getting up and running into the dead field of once lucious grass. The rain has stopped since there is no sun to keep it going properly. The sound is gone. He runs into the field and stops from the thunder.. and the onslaught of pouring rain. It only lasts temporarily.. his body is jolted, noiselessly, security teams grabbing him harshly and slamming him into the ground and cuffing him. As the pick him up.. they all stop a moment and look up. The sun is radiating.. as if the clouds just peeled back and showed it off the world like nothing had ever happened.
NT just closes his eyes and enjoys the warmth of it.. and he knows it was by his hand that he made it happen. That he did the right thing, and the consequences after this were tolerable. SF is inside of a building working, and when he sees his daughter come in, his brows furrow, confused.. she has a sunburn and his wife is coming in speaking a million miles a minute, but the dream is still lacking sound.. so SF feels almost out of breath, and in the back of his mind thinks the confessions of NT had a lot to do with this, and he rushes outside to see the sun himself........