So sum assholez were all 'Oh, hey Vlad, check out all the Dresden/Molly you missed in the past years.' And they linked, and I read. And there... was not enough. Never enough. So here's the basic idea. I'm treating this more as a plot bunny for now because it's been so long since I've read the heart of the series that my head-space continuity is fucked. Serious refresh of canon is required. Just want to get a feel for the basic idea. So throw out any thoughts or ideas. ANY AT ALL. Harry wakes up with a crick in his neck and back - fell asleep on the floor of the kitchen, apparently - with Molly hovering over him looking completely terrified and also looking a complete mess. Harry's head is all fuzzy and his throat feels like complete ass. Been awhile since I woke up like this..., Oh hey Molls, sup? Molly explains the dealz/Harry pieces it together: - Molly woke up in some random place downtown where Molly might be. - Everything is completely silent. Freaks out, heads home. Traffic is just stopped in the roads, people are lying in the street. Everyone is DEAD! - Good news, everyone is NOT dead! Bad news, everyone is asleep. Tries to wake family up. So at this point, you came to see yours truly to see if I could fix it, Harry quips, more in nervousness than any arrogance but Molly is all err... not exactly <_<. Typical Dresden angst as the head fuzzies start to lift and he realizes just how terrified and upset Molly is. - Molly has been up for three days trying to wake fam. Came to Harry now because she had no luck and is on her last legs herself, and terrified that she will fall asleep and not wake up again. TV and Radio don't work, no idea how much time she herself was out of it the first time. Harry is all Oo. Okay, game plan: you gotta sleep. No way around that. You're beat. Don't worry, I promise I will wake you up like you woke me if it comes to that (knowing he might not be able to keep that promise). She stumbles into Dresden's room. Harry's got some detective work to do. Goes outside: BOY was it a good thing this mojo happened just as he'd gotten home and not before had set the home protections, or Molly woulda been shit outa luck. Yep, everything eerily quiet. Creepy. Grit on the ground everywhere - guess that's what happens when there's no trash pickup. (THIS R ACTUALLY SUPER BRILLIANT FORESHADOWINGZ! DUN. DUN. DUN.) Goes back in. Call Murphy, Thomas, doesn't really expect an answer and gets none. Sees Mister/Mouse sleeping, finds it more creepy than comforting. Goes to see Bob. Bob also is AWOL. Starts to panic a bit - if magic is affected... oh shit - tries spell, spell works, feels a bit better. Ok, so magic works. Tries to summon Toot... no good. Idea! Make two circles - outside one to keep the bad mojo out, inside one for summoning. Excellent - it works, but before he can summon Toot, Leanansidhe appears inside summoning circle. Gives him the schoop. Sandman is real, and big and scary and cthulhu-esque and has bad plans that include the entire Chicago population. Nobody quite sure what, exactly. Outside world is being told it's a biological attack/disease/quarantine order. Lea offers to make Harry a deal, but he is quick enough to figure out that she offered so much information for free that clearly, Mab wants this dealt with as well. Lea not entirely amused with his astuteness. From here, we have Harry and Molly traversing a nightmare version of Chicago looking for a giant monster that wants to do horrible things to people in their sleep and killing it. Notes: 1. Circle within circle cannot be used to wake up people, because reasons. Probably because they are already infected even if brought into the inner circle. 2. White Council can't get into Chicago because they have no arrival point that isn't affected. Harry could make his double circle and leave Chicago, but would have no way to get back. Harry being Harry of course opts to stay and solve problem. 3. How Molly and Harry wake up, I am note entirely sure. Perhaps Molly's mind majix give her some sort of natural immunity that take awhile to kick in? Maybe she actually uses some sort of mojo that affects Dresden but nobody else. Maybe nobody will give a shit and just accept the conceit if it means another Harry/Molly story on ffnet? 4. Yes, at some point it will be Harry/Molly, that being the whole point of this exercise. In my head at some point they realize that they are now immune to falling back into total oblivion!sleep (or Harry makes/remakes a giant circle around the bedroom or something) and then Molly can be like. Harry, I'm still scarrrrrrrred. I dun wanna be alone <_<. Or what have you. 5. Yeah, how you like that, Ramirez? You were real useful, being inaccessible on the other side of the country while giant shitstorm went down. Don't worry though, Molly r fine.