Amber falls into deep sleep, and deeper dreams.
When she wakes, she can remember the following snippets of several dreams.
Above all else, what is remembered is not the scenes delivered nor the sights nor even the feelings, but a sound. Overlaying her whole experience of the night are memories of sound. The sound is the music she heard that night in the Club Maurice from the viol player, remembered wholesale from his performances. Every note, every pitch matched as it occurred that night; or at least, as far as she can recollect it.
Amber's first remembered dream is of her, standing on a dock by some river she must have seen in a movie, or in childhood. On the dock with her is the fluffy unicorn that came into the shop a few days before looking to buy clothing for his griffin lover There is a small steam boat there. The fluffy unicorn extends a hoof and asks for her to come aboard. The music playing is a piece that played at the Club Maurice just as her dance with Mustard Trim was nearing its end. It conveys a sense of excitement, and of journeying into the unknown.
The next scene is understood to be a later portion of the same dream as above, though how the dream progressed in such a way as to produce two scenes that so radically vary in character is not understood.
In the dark of the night between the lights of apartment buildings in a mild rain, Amber stands on the roadway next to an unseen character understood to be the fluffy Unicorn. A slew of police officers fire their guns at Amber and the unicorn from the side of the street and from black vehicles, while the unicorn shoots at them with a submachine gun. The music makes a sudden drop after a peaceful interlude; it's that sound of a rabbit that hops across a field, before a falcon swoops down and takes it.
The next scene is of Amber talking to Mustard Trim on the hill. In the beginning of the scene - actually for the entirety of the dream, really - Mustard is that kind of jovial (introverted, but jovial) personality, talking to Amber for all of her questions. Asper Spring walks up next to him, and he places a leg over her. He explains that she is pregnant with their first child, and the two will be married by the summer. And the music? Imagine the stars, or the northern lights, hanging in the heavens as bright, beautiful lights that shine over all. Now imagine those same lights, those bright shining stars, crashing to earth. So the music follows though with the actions of the dream, the stars crashing as Asper's pregnancy is announced.
The final - actually it's the penultimate - dream is of Amber returning to her family farm. It's broad daylight, almost overly bright. They ask Amber how she is doing in the big city, and want to know what she's been up to. The music suggests happiness and familiarity. From a yellow taxi - the same tax Amber arrived in, by presumption, Amber sees Red Scabbard exit, holding a manila envelope. She knows where she has seen that envelope before. The music suggests hidden danger. Red Scabbard takes that envelope, and gives it to her father. Her father in turn opens it, and shows the contents to her mother as well. It's photographs of her having sex with Mustard Trim. Her father and mother are horrified, and then disappointed, yelling at her and calling her a whore. The music builds to a crescendo. Red Scabbard looks at Amber with a malign grin. His eyes reveal that he is a changeling.
The final dream has her start outside of the Club Maurice, looking through a whole in the wall next to the entrance. This dream is unique in that the sound cannot be recalled. Whereas the music that played before were sounds she had heard before, these sounds are completely new; nothing she has ever heard before. Indeed, they are not like any sound ever heard, as the air cannot transport them. Perhaps it is for that reason she does not have a precise memory of what the sounds were, so much as the thoughts they left on Amber. But something about the sound implies gods - Alicorn spirits - frolicking in the ether that lies between celestial bodies, being stalked by malign entities, attacking them, then fleeing. Amber's point of view is very vivid, as it really does feel as if she were there, experiencing this. She moves through the whole in the wall, and past tables where patrons have left drinks. The diamond dog is not there, nor the Pegasus waitress from Las Pegasus, nor Dark Denizen - though she does smell cigarettes. Alone in the dream is the aging white griffin, who plays his viol on the stage. She moves closer and closer to him as the heavenly sisters fight a rearguard action, withdrawing. She moves even closer, until she is before him. He stops playing, and with this is the one and only moment of silence in the entire dream. He turns his almost glassy blue eyes to Amber, and has an expression of fear.
Then she wakes.