Personal footnote, feel free to disregard.
Last Saturday, I had this problem. After the night out at Cozy Bar, I had dreams about Barman Ben all night. The next day, when I woke up, there was one thing that confused me, that I couldn't recall whether it happened in one of my dreams or the previous night.
Such a little thing, but it happens in my story, at a pivotal point, which is why I thought it only occured subconsciously.
I couldn't remember if he called me "honey."
Trivial, I know, but it was bothering me. I decided it must have been part of my series of dreams, because Ben was friendly, but never that verbally affectionate.
Except tonight, I had to make a note, because it threw me.
Ben, in all his stoicism, called me "honey."
I wish it didn't mean so much to me.