Last night I had one of the more intensely unusual experiences I've been through as a result of being involved with a multiple. . . .
I was lying in bed with Lugh, just snuggling, when suddenly Lugh wasn't there any more, Bruin was. Instead of Lugh's calm, steady presence, there was a smiley bear-person hugging and petting me.
Once I connected and ascertained that yes, it was Bruin -- not Lugh getting silly -- I asked if he had asked Lugh if he could come out. (Because I consider it rude for them to switch on me without warning.) "Lugh fell out of the body," he replied. "Leon too."Excuse me?
He nodded. "They fell out. There's a spider-person here now."
I'd never heard of a "spider-person" before, but if its appearance was preceded by Leon and Lugh being dropped out of the body, I was not keen on it. "Don't let it come out, Bruin," I said.
"Okay," he replied genially. "Should I make it go away?"
"Yes, I think that would be a good idea."
Next thing I know, it looks like my lover has fallen asleep -- and I start freaking out, because I don't know who -- or what -- is going to be looking out of those eyes when they open again. And did I mention I'm there in bed naked? I poked the arms a little, said, "Bruin? Lugh?" a couple of times, then started to get out of bed, reaching for a shirt, hoping I was capable of dealing with whatever might happen next and wondering how in the world I had ever found myself in this situation.
Then the eyes opened and I heard Lugh's voice say, "Aw, shit."
I stopped moving away from the bed, but didn't get closer to the body. "What happened?"
"Leon and I were jerked out of the body." He looked at me, half out of the bed. "Com'ere."
I shook my head. "Keep talking."
He understood that I wasn't yet comfortable getting close again, and continued to explain what had happened. Evidently there is a kind of 'pattern spirit' that look something like spiders. This one happened along, pulled him and Leon out of the body (dropping them into the spirit world) so it could enter the mindscape -- which isn't the spirit world, but is the internal world of their body. When Bruin saw them both drop out, he came forward to be in the body, but for some reason didn't feel any alarm about what had happened.
When I asked him to make the spider-person go away, evidently the spirit didn't want to leave, so Bruin killed it.
Lugh reassured me that Bruin would not have let the spirit enter the body, and even if it had managed to do so, it didn't have the capacity to work the brain, so it wouldn't have been dangerous to me, it would simply have looked like the body was having a seizure -- eyes closed, twitching -- because there would not have been a consciousness in charge.
At some point during this discussion, I was convinced that it really was Lugh with me again, and snuggled up, and he continued to talk about the various stuff that occasionally happens with them. Evidently incidents like this happen about once a year. Lugh said that it used to happen more often, when they were doing more with energy and magic, which is one of the reasons they cut way down on such things.
Before going back to sleep, I went to the bathroom. I turned the light on as I crossed the threshold, and when I turned to sit down, I saw a Very Big Spider in the center of the bathroom floor. Often I let even the big spiders alone, but not this one. I killed it with a tissue and flushed it.
When I got back to bed and told Lugh the story, he seemed unsurprised. "We don't make this shit up, love."
It took me quite a while to calm down enough to actually go to sleep, and when I did, my dreams were very intense.