It started in a maze, in which I was lost, and being chased. The people who were chasing me were soldiers, but not just any soldiers -- tin soldiers, stiff and stomping, in red outfits akin to those of the British "red coats". They moved in teams, thoughtless and relentless, through the paths. I ran and ran, trying to escape, when I finally found myself at school.
However, it wasn't like my waking world school, except by location.
There was a woman, hooknosed and stern, and for some reason she really had it out for me. She had been directing the soldiers and wasn't going to stop there. Next, she and her goons chased me into a bathroom that looked suspiciously close to my parent's. My mom was there -- and in league with the Mean School Marm! She shut the door on me in the bathroom, and it began filling with water and suds, and I was going to drown. My mom apologized, but wasn't letting me out.
I finally got the door open, and I ran out to the huge lobby of the school. I couldn't go out the front doors. The floor was marble tile. Arching on both sides were huge curved staircases that went up to meet at a beautiful marble balcony at the top, very high. (Some elementary school!)
I was trying to outrun the soldiers of the School Marm, and they were coming at me, so I ran up the stairs on the left. Unbeknownst to me, soldiers were running up both the stairs on the right and the stairs right behind me.
When I got to the top I was trapped.
So I jumped.
Signficant, since I almost always wake up sometime before hitting the ground. But this time, knowing something, I hit the marble tile running, ran out the front door, and didn't look back.
So I started to walk home, which in the waking world as well as this dream world is within sight of the elementary school. However, there was a strip of woods back when I was in 2nd grade (at the time of the dream) that is no longer there today, in the waking world. In the dream world it was there, but thicker, and the little path I always took was longer.
I found myself walking it with a little boy, who I knew was very wise.