He was born destined to do great things and in fact his youth was very promising. But unexpected events transformed the talented young man in an empty and forgotten man.
Seventeen years have passed and that was when he discovered such of a dark power that turned an entire town into a place of darkness and loneliness.
But an unexpected encounter can change all of his thinking about life and that person may be the only hope of all the lives he had destroyed.
He was watching from the top and saw the girl sitting on the floor with her legs crossed. She was facing backwards and around here, there were many toys spread around her.
The girl was holding two pieces of a puzzle and carefully tried to fit them.
Lincoln could not understand what it was, because the few embedded parts had not yet revealed the result of its highly dedicated work.
Then, he watched everything around and immediately after the ritual, he realized that that was a different dream.
The thief felt something he had never felt before and noticed that there was plenty of light and the sound was completely different from all the other dreams he ever dreamed.
Even the girl was different. He could not see her face because the light dazzled and perhaps getting close was the only chance he could see her face. Then he heard a voice. It was a voice so sweet and gentle, which initially was only singing a children's song.
Startled, he remained silent and just continued to watch and listen to that voice that enchant everyone.
That moment went against everything he had seen in all the dreams he had stolen.
The thief was confused. Nothing made sense and it was then that for the first time, someone spoke to him:
- Hi! I know you are there, I can see you. What do want here? Did you come play with me?
Lincoln did not understand anything. After so long and so many stolen dreams he had never been noticed before. He was only a shadow, a lost shadow in the night, wandering from dream to dream and destroying any hope of realization.
How a young dreamer, filled of plans and goals, could fall into the deepest darkness and become the greatest thief of all time?
Lincoln was still not a thief, but he was not that of a promising man anymore. Gradually he was abandoning all of his projects.
One by one he failed and then began to fall into discredited, turning his back to many of his friends and missing many of the commitments that had been languishing his schedule.
Even the swimming was left aside, and even as a promise of the sporting world, he began to disdain all the invitations he had received to compete.
At Home he was a mere visitor, much alike the guests who were staying in the annex built by his father. The first fall for Lincoln seemed to have initiated a number of dropouts in his life. It was apparent that he had not just abandoned his lifetime project, he seemed to have left behind the will to win and that was making him become less and less popular.
Everything could be connected on that isolated fact, which apparently would just be a project that he would not accomplish. But perhaps the sudden success made by the three have been the main reason for leaving him devastated.
The program had not completed even its first year and had reached a large number of supporters, although it was promising that it had a great potential for national growth.
With time he had left the swim team, running away once again from the spotlight, a fact that made the beautiful Priscilla also to leave him.
Sometimes people live in the shadows of those who were born to shine, but if for some reason, that shining moment ceases and there is a moment of darkness, these will be the first to leave.
That was an expected departure of someone who never would have loved him truthfully and had realized that he had nothing more to offer. That light was off and so she left.
He was no longer invited to the events and the last things left to be abandoned would be the core and college, both of which were also already threatened to be lost.
At the core he was not acting with the same determination and also not having a good relationship with some of his counselors. Larissa was the only one who gave him the same attention, but even so, he still did not see it.
Maybe she was the only person he had never really seen.
A few weeks before the end of college, he finally dropped the nucleus. Larissa was the only one who missed him, but Lincoln did not have the strength to continue anymore.
The boy was not the same person, perhaps not even the shadow of once he could have been.
It was almost a miracle that he was able to complete college, surely this was the only project completed so far in his life.
The graduation offered to all many reasons to smile, but Lincoln did not smile. There were no friends at his side and he was not in the mood to celebrate.
He had lost that shining look, that flame was extinguished and almost no one realized that this was not that Lincoln they once knew, but just a random person lost in the crowd.
After graduation, he walked away from everything and isolated himself at home. He spent days after days locked inside his room without receiving anyone.
The fight of his family was daily. They tried everything to cheer him up, but the boy did not respond to anything, just wanted to run away from himself and in this desperate attempt to escape, he then saddened everyone who loved him.
Finally, he vanished from everything and everyone. It was almost a ghost in and out of his house, few remembered who he was. Maybe, only Larissa and no one else.
And then, when nothing seemed to change, he came out of his room and looked for his father in order to ask for a favor. He asked for a house as part of the inheritance because he wanted to go to live his life alone and away from everything he knew.
His father insisted that he would think about it, but to see him defeated and with no prospects, he thought perhaps time and distance would renew him. Then, with deeply sad he granted his request and so he left.
Life is amazing and sometimes the unexpected happens and can it become an opportunity. This opportunity can become a gift and a gift can be good or bad. When this happens, only those who receive this kind of gifts can choose which path to follow.
And that's what happened. Lincoln had seen the dreams of hundreds, thousands of people, but that night, something was different. He had invaded the dream of one of his friends that one day was his partner.
After seeing that dream, he became angry and did not accept the happiness of his old friend. Lincoln saw it had gone far beyond what he had imagined and now sharing this conquest, was leaving him more miserable.
That project was to be his project, and only him should have been there. He was so upset that he did not want to accept those views, and as in magic, he could woke up.
That was the first time he could do it and not having to wait for the dawn. Then he reflected and understood that perhaps he had some control over everything that was happening and that he might change things for his own favor.
Then he returned and tried to do something different, but had not succeeded. He left and returned again, still unable to achieve his goals.
And so this was how Lincoln made his discoveries. Constantly moved in and out of dreams, trying to master the impossible and win what not even he know if it could be defeated.
He was determined to change things in his own favor and would not measure the efforts to accomplish his desires. He was a very determined man.