"Brief Lives part 3": Bernie Capax is a lawyer, but he was not always so. He has been alive for at least 15,000 years. However, as he walks down the street, a brick wall collapses on top of him, and Death comes to him.
- You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less.
- — Death
Synopsis for "Brief Lives part 3"
Bernie Capax is a lawyer, but he was not always so. He has been alive for at least 15,000 years. However, as he walks down the street, a brick wall collapses on top of him, and Death comes to him.
Meanwhile, Dream and Delirium arrive in Dublin, hoping to meet Pharamond, a man whose domain is transportation. After an administrative struggle, the pair manage to get an appointment with Pharamond (who goes by 'Mr. Farrell') who graciously arranges travel for them for the duration of their stay on earth. Unsure of where to start, they decide to visit the people on the list of known associates that their brother Destruction had, though Delirium has written rather incoherently.
One of those on the list is a woman named Etain. She has just wakened from a dream in which she heard a beautiful poem. She sits to write it down, but realizes that she can't remember a word of it. Suddenly, having smelled gas in her apartment, she grabs her purse and uses it as a shield as she crashes through her window, and leaps out onto the fire-escape. Dropping down into the alley below, she runs away just in in time to avoid the explosion which destroys her apartment. Still in her underwear, she wanders into a K-Mart, and buys some clothes and shoes.
Elsewhere, Destruction works on his painting, and is unimpressed with his canine companion Barnabus' attempt at critique. Suddenly, the dog hears a sound from within their house. Behind a door which has not been opened in some time - Destruction's gallery - is a pool of water which sloshes about. Destruction explains that this is a sign of trouble.
On a plane to the United States of America, Dream and Delirium sit next to one another. Nearby, a young girl wakes from a dream that she nearly became lost in it. Her mother assures her that it is not possible to get lost in a dream, before going to the washroom. While the mother is gone, Dream tells the girl that it is entirely possible to get lost in a dream. Before taking her seat again, the girl's mother asks a stewardess whether Dream and Delirium are famous, because they seem familiar. When she returns to ask her daughter what she and the pale man had talked about, the girl replies "true things."
A woman named Ruby picks Dream and Delirium up at the airport, and they head off in search of the lawyer named Bernie Capax.
Appearing in "Brief Lives part 3"
- Chloe Russell
- Bernie Capax (Dies)