I had this dream last night. What a doozy.
In the dream there is an ambitious young preacher and his childhood friend who works under him. In the early days, they work together well but as they grow older, the preacher grows more and more prideful, greedy and his hunger for power multiplies tenfold. For a long time the friend keeps his mouth shut to the wrongness of the preacher's attitudes but eventually he finds it difficult not to say anything. He confronts the preacher and everything seems to smooth over and return to normal...for a while. Eventually the preacher starts to lust for power again and the friend becomes more and more uncomfortable in his job. Before too long, the friend is fired for no apparent reason other than to remove a barrier to the preacher's goals. The friend becomes angry and bitter about the situation for a long time but he eventually puts it all behind him and finds peace pursuing his career as an artist. The preacher continues his rise to power.
At this point in the story, an apocalyptic event occurs. Through whatever means, the preacher gains control of the Eastern portions of the USA. He has grown deceptive and evil. The young man, living in the Pacific NW, through no ambition on his part, gains leadership of a large portion of the Western USA. He is a reluctant but fair leader. The continuing story escalates to a showdown between the 2 former friends.
To me, this dream seems very Stephen Kingish. At least that was the impression I got during my waking moments after the dream. The preacher was very evil and the friend was a flawed reluctant hero. I remember one scene where the friend confronts the preacher after the apocalypse. The preacher is in his makeshift office and it just seemed to exude evil. I can't describe what it looked like but it seemed perfect for an evil preacher.
I really, really, really wish I knew what dreams like this mean. Are they prophetic or the result of pizza eaten too late at night?
Actually, it was a turkey sandwich.