She stared at the sight in front of her, past merged with present merged with potential futures. Naturally, it filled her with wonder, and yet, she could not pay it the respect it deserved. A barrage of questions bubbled up and seemed to demand her immediate attention. They forced themselves upon her, obstructing her view, unwilling to budge until they found their answers.

Fear sunk it’s teeth into her. Had she gone mad? Had she died? Was there any returning to the world she knew? Her heart began to race and the structures around her shook in response. What the hell was this? Where was everyone?

She found herself wishing for signs of life, the kind of life she was familiar with. As soon as she caught whiff of this desire within her she tensed up and pushed against it. What kind of life would she find here? Was she really ready to meet the beings that dwelled in this place?

She felt dizzy from all the movement, though nothing had moved an inch. It didn’t matter if the world was spinning or if she was though, it was too much for her. She kneeled down and closed her eyes, focusing on her breath. She took a moment to find her own rhythm and opened her eyes again.

“Meow”

It came from behind her. She turned towards the sound. A timid looking black cat with a bent tail stood behind her in what seemed like a completely illogical follow up to the sound. Illogical because she had already forgotten what it felt like when things made sense. It soothed her tender nerves. The cat slowly inched towards her but shied away as soon as she reached out her hands. It stared at her.

Unwilling to risk her new friendship, she refrained from making any sudden movements towards the cat. Its appearance had given her the courage to explore again and so she stood up and walked in the opposite direction, only to find the cat shadowing behind her.

“Ok, you can join me, just be a cat, please.”

She continued down the street, careful with with her footsteps, not yet ready to make any more friends. She walked slowly and took in the surreal scenery which she was slowly coming to terms with.  

It was only as threatening as she imagined it to be.


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