The year is 2062 and the world is in a state of collapse. 1064 species of animals are near exinct and sea level has risen close to two feet; coastal cities are nearing swamp-like conditions. Hawaii is almost completely gone, along with most other pacific islands. In an attempt to slow down the collapse of the Earth or put a stop to it permanently, all the governments of the world have put a ban on all fossil fuels. No companies could use fossil fuels for energy or consumption. If caught breaking this ban, companies could be dismantled and put out of business, all their funds going to a committee whose mission it was to improve environmental efforts. With this new ban, governments and companies were forced to find a replacement to power sources. Most companies used windmills and hydroelectric plants if they were in a geographic location that was able to use such sources. Solar energy was initially used by a huge number of companies and households as a replacement. Some companies, however, made it their mission to find other sources of power for their products and services. It was clear that with the world diminishing in such a fashion that a new, more efficient source of energy needed to come to light. Volkswagen was at the head of this movement and they became a leader in the preservation and improvement of the environment. This is their story. *Cue Law and Order beats*
“Tommy, wake up.”
My eyes snapped open and were met with a blinding light. Mother had ripped open the blinds and was crossing the room back to my bed.
“I’m awake, I’m awake. I’ll meet you downstairs, just give me a minute.” I said, wiping my eyes. I looked at my clock and saw that it was close to 7 AM. Time for school.
“Make sure your DreamFree has enough charge to get you to school and back. If not, ask your brother for some of his,” she said over her should, moving out of the room and down the stairs.
I checked the bracelet on my wrist like I have done every morning for as long as I can remember. It was nearly full, even after the house took what it needed. Good, it should be after the nightmare I just had. I had dreamt that I was lost in a corn field and I just kept running. I ran and I ran, but the field never seemed to end or even thin out.
I went downstairs and immediately smelled pancakes. My mother was at the stove and my father was at the table going over some documents on his computer. My little brother was sitting on my father’s lap, playing with his tie.
“It looks like we have an surplus of dreams for the month again. We may want to think about making a donation to the Dream Bank; our savings look fine,” my father said, as he bounced William on his knee.
“Why wouldn’t you just put more in savings to build it up, Dad? Can we ever really have enough savings?” I asked as I also sat at the table.
“We can never have enough savings, that is true. It’s a good thing to share the wealth, though. You never know what the future will hold, William is getting older. Young children seem to dream more and have more powerful dreams, and he will soon grow out of it just as you did. We may one day need the Dream Bank, and it wouldn’t be there if people who had a surplus like us just kept it to themselves. We have to take care of each other,” he said over his glasses. My mother looked up from the stove and smiled.
Later, as I was heading out the door on my way to school, I thought about what my father had said. It seemed simple enough. I scanned my DreamFree bracelet on the dashboard of my car and it started up. By the time I reached school, the bracelet had drained half a bar. At the door of the school, I placed my bracelet up to the donation scanner and gave a few seconds of dream. I felt a little better about myself for the rest of the day.
I came up with the idea of dream powered cars when we were talking about the future of VW in class. I connect VW with a more liberal way of thinking, and the environment goes hand in hand with that. I figured that once the environment got bad enough, we would have to start thinking of more ways to get energy, especially for cars. Electric cars won’t even work if the places we get electricity from work off of fossil fuels. I figured VW will be one of the first car companies to try something new, because they are all about innovation.
I have always wondered where the energy you exert in your dreams goes. We sleep to gain energy back, but it seems that dreaming would use up energy. I took that idea even farther in thinking that if we were doing something active like running or jumping in dreams that that energy would have to go somewhere. Nightmares and really good dreams give us emotional connections, which also seems like there would have to be some energy there. So where does it all go? If someone could figure out a way to capture that energy, it would be pure and wouldn’t hurt the environment. So, I came up with the idea that some type of technology could be invented and processed in the form of a bracelet. You could run everything that runs on electric now on these bracelets that captured the energy exerted in your dreams. People would be able to give their dream powers to people in need, it could also be used as a form of currency if you wanted to take it that far. Children would also contribute to the family’s dream power. It’d be a nice way of doing things, anyway, if it were possible.