When Arthur Met Eames
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A dark alternate universe in which Eames is not only a forger, but a psychic, forever teetering on the edge of madness. The city of Los Angeles stretches around him, writhing with dreams, and he can't shut them out.
Then, he meets Arthur, a government agent with an unlikely solution.
“They didn’t tell you what kind of thief I was, did they?” Eames asks.
Mutely, Arthur shakes his head.
“No, they wouldn’t. Well, I’m a dream thief. There’s a whole black market for dreamsharing. People will pay through the nose to extract someone’s secrets.”
“That’s impossible,” Arthur says. “The technology for dreamsharing is brand new. No one else has it.”
“Wrong,” Eames says casually. “Would it surprise you to learn that this is, in fact, the fifth iteration of Project Dream?” Those brilliant blue eyes watch Arthur like a hawk, seeing the shock ripple across his face like the aftermath of an earthquake. “Oh, yes, it is. It always ends badly, you see. But sooner or later, out of an excess of optimism, they start it up again, hoping for a different result.”