- [Stephen] Hey Egbert. Edward. Eliot. Eddie.

- [Eddie] What do you want, Stephen?

- [Stephen] Turn that shit down. Some people are trying to read.

- [Eddie] What, the newspaper? I thought you didn't trust the nasty news media or whatever.

- [Stephen] I don't but there's usually a kernel of truth if you read between the lines and it's hard to concentrate when all I keep hearing are beeps and whooshes and grunts from whatever ancient video game you're playing over there.

- [Eddie] It's called Elite Donkey Lord and it's a classic.

- [Stephen] It looks fucking stupid.

- [Eddie] You look fucking stupid.

- [Stephen] What's the game about anyway?

- [Eddie] Why? I thought it looked fucking stupid.

- [Stephen] Well, you're not turning it down, so I can't read right now and Ella isn't awake so I can't make fun of her, so I guess I'll distract you until you die.

- [Eddie] Too bad I'm a master at this game, so your plan won't work.

- [Stephen] Sure you are.

- [Eddie] I'm serious. I actually won a competition when I was a kid. I was ranked 10th internationally.

- [Stephen] So what? You're the elite nerd lord?

- [Eddie] Pretty much.

- [Stephen] How many people even play this game, like 10?

- [Eddie] More like millions. You've seriously never played it?

- [Stephen] I've never touched a video game in my life.

- [Eddie] How is that even possible?

- [Stephen] I don't...

- [Eddie] Let me guess, I don't trust the video game companies not to use subliminal messages to control the sheeple population.

- [Stephen] What? No, that's ridiculous.

- [Eddie] Then why?

- [Stephen] Because... shut up, that's why. What is the point of the game?

- [Eddie] You play as this donkey.

- [Stephen] How the hell is that a donkey?

- [Eddie] The game came out 20 years ago.

- [Stephen] Were you even born?

- [Eddie] I'm 22, Stephen.

- [Stephen] You played this when you were two years old?

- [Eddie] I told you, it's a classic. It also took a few years to get a global release. I was ranked 10th when I was 13 years old.

- [Stephen] Okay, so that's a donkey somehow. Fine. Explain what the donkey does.

- [Eddie] So, you play as the donkey and you try to save all the animals in the farm before the farmer's son finds them and slaughter's then.

- [Stephen] Wait, what?

- [Eddie] And then in the second part of the game, you wage war against all humans and eventually slaughter them all and you and your animal companions feast on their remains.

- [Stephen] What?

- [Eddie] At the end, you've killed all humans and created an animal-only society and reign over them all as either a benevolent or cruel leader and become the elite donkey lord.

- [Stephen] That's fucked up, are you serious? That's the game?

- [Eddie] No, I made that part up. You just save animals from the farmer's son. The plot isn't important. People just like to gameplay.

- [Stephen] Still sounds dumb. Why are you playing this old game and not something newer instead?

- [Eddie] I was going to play Skyballads but something weird happened when I went outside to get soda earlier and I don't think I want to play it right now.

- [Stephen] What happened?

- [Emma] Hey guys, good morning.

- [Eddie] It's 16:00.

- [Emma] It's what?

- [Stephen] 4 p.m.

- [Emma] It is? Cool, it's almost socially acceptable to start drinking.

- [Stephen] Did you ever even stop from last night?

- [Emma] You're funny today.

- [Stephen] How dare you. Ugh, she's here. Why does she even have a key to our place anyway?

- [Emma] Oh, I gave her a copy.

- [Stephen] Why would you?

- [Emma] I thought it would be fun.

- [Bianca] Hi, everyone, sorry I couldn't come by earlier.

- [Stephen] Well, you weren't invited.

- [Bianca] Emma said I could come over whenever I please so here I am.

- [Stephen] Ellen isn't the only person who lives here, you know? You're never welcome.

- [Bianca] Oh my God, is that Elite Donkey Lord?

- [Eddie] You play?

- [Stephen] You know this stupid game?

- [Bianca] Of course, I used to play professionally as a kid.

- [Stephen] Wait, seriously?

- [Bianca] Well, until Daddy made me quit to focus on my studies. It was so sad because I was invited to the international championship.

- [Eddie] Are you serious?

- [Bianca] Yeah, I wish I could've gone but daddy didn't want me playing games anymore. Not that that stopped me but I could only play in secret after that.

- [Stephen] Eggie here says that they were ranked 10th internationally. You know that?

- [Bianca] Wait, really, hold on. I'll be right back. I wanna grab something from my room.

- [Emma] That donkey is cute.

- [Stephen] It looks like a giraffe.

- [Emma] Giraffes are cute too.

- [Bianca] Okay, I've returned.

- [Stephen] Suspiciously fast.

- [Bianca] This is the program from the Elite Donkey Lord invitationals. I couldn't go but my name was still included. Let me see. Oh, here you are, this is you, right?

- [Eddie] Yes, Edel Sørgjerd, that's me.

- [Bianca] So, you placed, 10th? That's so cool. I need to play against you some time. I always wondered what I would have ranked if I had gone.

- [Eddie] We could play now.

- [Stephen] I don't want to interrupt. Actually I do. But Eddie said something weird happened when they were out earlier before you both barged in here and I am a little interested to learn why.

- [Eddie] You, interested in something that happened to me? And calling me by my name? Are you okay?

- [Stephen] My curiosity is getting the better of me that's all. What happened?

- [Eddie] Okay, so you know the dream from yesterday? You're like living our life-long dreams or whatever?

- [Emma] Yeah, it was fun.

- [Eddie] It was, it was fun but it was just like a simulation, right?

- [Bianca] Yes, of course,.

- [Eddie] Okay, so my dream was that I was a famous video game live streamer specifically I was known for streaming my favorite game, Sky Ballads.

- [Stephen] What's that?

- [Eddie] It's really fun. The story branches depending on how you play, whether your kill people or you're nice and spare them. There's lots of ways to play. Anyways, yeah, so I was out earlier because I wanted to get some soda since Emma drank the last of it while she was drunk and thought chugging on an entire bottle was a great idea.

- [Emma] It was not.

- [Stephen] Definitely not.

- [Eddie] And this little boy stopped me on the road and asked for an autograph. I thought he was confusing me for someone famous and I was like, "Sorry, you must think I'm someone else." But he said, "No, you're that streamer, Deleds, you stream Skyballads, I'm a huge fan."

- [Bianca] What's weird about that? It's great that someone is recognizing you.

- [Eddie] Well, that's the thing. I don't live stream games yet. I want to but anxiety.

- [Stephen] So, this kid had you confused with someone else then.

- [Eddie] No, that's my gamer tag. It's my handle for almost every thing.

- [Stephen] So, someone recognized you for something you don't do?

- [Bianca] Wait, I know that name. You're Deleds?

- [Eddie] Yeah.

- [Bianca] I hate you.

- [Eddie] What?

- [Bianca] You killed my wife. I swore I would find you and take out my revenge against you.

- [Eddie] Your wife?

- [Bianca] In the game Blood Groove. She was beautiful and perfect. And you murdered her.

- [Eddie] Oh my God, you're...

- [Stephen] Again, hate to interrupt but I don't care about this video game revenge story. Some kid recognized you for live streaming a video game or whatever and you've never actually done that but the kid even recognized your username or whatever?

- [Eddie] Yes, it as creepy. It's like the dream was real life or something. There's not way anyone would make a mistake like that normally, right?

- [Emma] Are you sure it wasn't a dream or something or maybe you misheard the kid.

- [Bianca] It does seem farfetched.

- [Stephen] No, I actually believe you.

- [Bianca] Now it sounds even more unbelievable.

- [Stephen] Seriously. I went out earlier to buy a newspaper because they won't deliver it here and I swear the headline of the paper said "Presidential Voting Fraud Uncovered" with my byline. I had to read it a few times to confirm but it was definitely there. But then someone bumped into me and I turned to yell at them and when I looked back at the paper, the headline was about a recent storm that had caused massive property damage instead.

- [Bianca] Sounds like you imagined it.

- [Stephen] Well, maybe or maybe something weird is going on since both of us experienced this.

- [Emma] Maybe our dreams are coming true. That would be great.

- [Stephen] Except we haven't done anything to cause them to happen. I got fired as a reporter and no one will hire me, Eddie is afraid to do the streaming thing. I don't know what you two fantasized about but I bet neither of you could ever accomplish them.

- [Emma] I was a children's book author.

- [Stephen] Yeah, not happening. See what I mean? There's no way our dreams would come true just like that.

- [Bianca] True, you are all losers in life.

- [Eddie] And you're not?

- [Bianca] Of course not. I'm Bianca Whitmore, heiress to Whitmore industries. You don't get much more successful than that.

- [Eddie] Isn't that your father's success and not yours?

- [Bianca] I don't have to take that from a murderer.

- [Eddie] Well, maybe you shouldn't have burned down my house.

- [Bianca] Maybe you shouldn't have built your house on my private beach.

- [Eddie] Maybe you shouldn't have assumed that an entire beach is your exclusive property.

- [Bianca] Maybe you shouldn't...

- [Stephen] Please either actually kill each other or shut up.

- [Bianca] Stephen is right. We need to settle this properly.

- [Stephen] You're going to kill each other?

- [Bianca] What? No. We're going to play Elite Donkey Lord and see who the actual champion is. You up for it, murderer?

- [Eddie] Hell yeah I am but I only have one controller, so.

- [Bianca] No problem.

- [Stephen] Do you just keep a game controller in your bag at all times?

- [Bianca] A lady never leaves home without the essentials.

- [Emma] Isn't this like an old console though? I had one of these as a kid.

- [Bianca] Like I said, essentials. Let's go, Eddie. I shall be victorious.

- [Robert] Thank you for listening to D.R.E.A.M. In this episode you heard the voices of Robert Spradlin as Stephen, Sai Slettvold as Eddie, Lanessa Tremblett as Emma and Ami Rae as Bianca. This episode was written by Ami Rae, directed by Robert Spradlin and sound designed by Patrick Hinchliffe. This episode was brought to you by our Patreon supporters. If you would like to join our community and get cool perks like getting access to a private Discord server with a cast and crew, you can join our Patreon starting at $5 a month. Our next episode will be released to the public on July 16th, 2019. Until then, remember, life's dream.