This one was really long and drawn-out though and it got rlly convoluted towards the end. There was definitely one of those dream-within-a-dream sequences so things are little muddled in my head. I woke up a little while ago too so the details are starting to escape me.
There was a zombie apocalypse and it had been going on for a long while already when the dream started. The government had created a sort of anti-zombie task force, and they were the army now. There were rumors of villages in the middle of nowhere, where the zombies hadnt reached yet, but for the most part humanity condensed into small cities that acted like mini-nations. Ours was a small one, definitely in california. Sort of a bigger version of my hometown. There were lots of hills and the buildings were only four stories at the tallest. Lots of residential units (mostly houses), no real business offices.
Anyways, most of the dream was a series of tactical operations on the part of the government army, which i was part of. Zombies were crafty and stealthy, and could think, unlike most zombie descriptors. We had to be quiet and move at night to avoid detection going into "zombie territory". Similarly, zombies would often sneak up on our camps and ambush us. It was kinda freaky. Most of the zombies were rotting, though never fully decomposed. They couldn't speak, other than the typical shouts and screams. I'm not sure how they communicated, because there was definitely organization in their ranks, but oh well.
We reclaimed some valuable space, a large stretch of land bordering on a former residential neighborhood. The street was on a hill, must have been at least a 20 degree incline. Super steep. We hung around towards the bottom of the hill for the most part, in an undeveloped woodsy area right next to the road, facing the old houses. For the most part, we hung around on the side of the road.
At some point, i was on my own, or perhaps with a couple other troops. We came across a family, with two kids. They were chatting and we were freakin out cause like, yall are gonna get eating walking and talking like that, what're you doing?!!? So we confronted them and when we walked up to the mom we realized that their eyes were totally blank, and their skin was discolored and peeling. They were obviously zombies, but they were acting like people! It was super freaky and really shook me and my fellow troops. We somehow realized that the zombies could retain some of their human-ness (including being able to talk and stuff) by eating... something. My mind is insisting that eating people is what let them do so but like... i thought the whole point of zombies was that they eat people. maybe they ate other zombies.
Anyways, the family had seen us, and there was a lot of talking. They turned out to basically be zombies that were trying to live like people. They had taken up residence in one of the houses and lived like your average family might, no concern for zombies whatsoever. They could even eat food. Like, things other than humans. We were terrified, because that left open the possibility for covert zombie operations and zombie SPIES but they insisted that it was a good thing, and after a while we believed them. We realized that perhaps this information could lead to some sort of pseudo-cure for zombies, and the war could be over. So we brought them to our army's general, or whatever the dude in charge is called. I dont remember this part but there were lots of guns pointed and lots of yelling.
We must have convinced them to let us stay with them to observe them, because we followed them back to their house, stealthily of course to avoid detection.
After that, it was basically a normal "staying with weird people for some reason" dream. I was suddenly the only human there, other than the zombie family, who were basically people at this point in the dream. I think my brain forgot about the whole zombie apocalypse thing, because like, we went grocery shopping at a huge abandoned walmart-type store and even went to a theme part. The log ride was really fun. (Though i definitely remember there being zombies there, so who knows). I got close to the family and we got on really well. It was nice.
Then at some point i slept in the dream, or watched a movie or had some sort of future vision, cause the dream totally changed. I was still in socal, in my hometown. But there were no zombies. I remember little flashes of things- i was driving with the mom and dad (who were def my mom and dad but i dont think we were related in the dream) and there was a MASSIVE white bird on the side of the road, resting on some wood chips or something. Like, it was the size of a large dog. Its feathers were an off-white, almost creamy, and clearly ruffled and dirtied. It had a massive beak, curved like an eagle's might be. The mom and i were amazed and were talking abt theories as to wtf it was but the dad didnt like it for some reason so we ended up arguing. Seriously, it was the size of a condor or something. It was amazing.
Then there was some weird magic stuff and suddenly i was flying? It was neat. Except in one of the hills outside of town there was actually a VOLCANO and there was a huge LAVA DEMON that was gonna start armageddon like some sort of magma sauron. So i flew into the hill somehow to stop him. Under the hill there was a massive cavern, lava bubbling below and seeping down the walls. There were lava-falls and everything. Idk why it was so well-lit in there, i think the demon thing glowed or something. It was really cool. I don't actually remember fighting him though, it must have been a reconnaissance mission. I reported to whatever dream-general i was serving under and suddenly i was in a spaceship?? In space???? Like not even a nasa shuttle but i was in, like, a ufo. Flying saucer. It was totally wild. There was some huge space battle and then i woke up from the inner dream. So i was still in the weird Modern Zombies dream.
We were in a huge auditorium. Dark, with plush red chairs. I remember saying something really hurriedly to the mom but i dont remember what. Either way, i woke up for real right after that.