The dream eater is a supernatural creature that looks like a young woman, except for white hair and pale blue skin. They must eat the dreams of others to sustain themselves, and are a rare sight nowadays but not unheard of.

The dream eater must feed on dreams of any other person every night. The feeding takes several minutes and once it's complete, that person's sleep will be dreamless for the rest of the night. Dream eaters cannot eat anything else and normal food tastes bland to them regardless of what it actually is. The person the dream eater feeds on must be a human, dream eaters don't dream by themselves.

Given this, how would the daily life of a dream eater in the modern society look like, with the emphasis on differences to the life of a normal human?


As Little Difference As Possible

While the Dream Eater you describe seems to be harmless, the Dream Eaters know that humans have an alarming habit of making big deals out of trivial differences between themselves and a history of segregating and exploiting any group that they can slap the 'other' label on. That, and the Dream Eaters have read our paranormal genre, so they know if they get exposed they've got a choice of either getting hunted down by a crossbow-wielding maniac or getting stuck in a needlessly angsty love triangle, and neither one of these really appeal to them.

Thus Dream Eater will behave as human as possible. During the day they'll act like normal humans - eat food with their friends, hold a steady job, have some hobby - basically, do not do anything that would draw suspicion to them. Ideally, they'd get married and possibly adopt/have children - a spouse is both fantastic cover and a steady source of sustenance. If they're capable of having non Dream Eater children - excellent! If they give birth to Dream Eater children, than they'd want to adopt children along with the Dream Eater children to provide nourishment to the Dream Eater children.

Obviously, they should also be emotionally engaged in the marriage. Marrying someone for purely selfish reasons and viewing the other party involved as nothing more than a resource is psychopathic and is a steady course towards divorce, which would be disastrous. If the Dream Eater feels their spouse is trustworthy enough (Hint: Hopefully this is the case, trust is one of those things a good marriage is built upon) than the Dream Eater might even tell them their secret, explaining that there's no harm whatsoever, and as a bonus, their spouse will never suffer from nightmares again.


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