I have these kinds of dreams a lot, even just last night, where I’m back hanging with old friends and it’s like how it used to be. Then I wake up and realize that those people will never be in my life again. Usually I can distract myself from these thoughts in waking hours by reading or watching a movie, but when I’m trapped in a dream there’s no getting around it. Plus, dreams have that ability to make one believe that this is all possible which quickly fades when you wake up, and the hangover of realizing that your own brain has played a dirty trick on you.
As a side note, the three characters in the dream are actually all characters that appeared in earlier strips but I haven’t drawn for a long time, which lends a little bit of credibility to the whole “we don’t hang out anymore”.