So here is the second part. I’ve already started on another section. Who knows – it might grow up to be a real story….
After a fall through something that might have constituted a Muse video, Leau and Felsen found themselves on rather squishy ground. Taking a moment to check that they were each themselves and in one proper piece, Leau stood up and brushed some of the flotsam from their journey off her jeans. Looking around where they had landed, Leau and Felsen immediately saw that this world wasn’t too different from their own on the surface. Sure the ground resembled the safety coverings on new elementary school playgrounds, both in feel and maroon-brown color, but other than that they could have been in nearly any park at home. The air was apparently close enough that they didn’t have any problems breathing, and the environment generally resembled home. Felsen looked at Leau and began to think that maybe he’d gone crazy. There wasn’t anything in his experience that prepared him for this squishy grounded insane dream world reached through a wave. Particularly the large creature he could see approaching them over her shoulder. Shaking his head he asked, “Where are we? How did we get here? What’s that large creature?”
Leau had known that these were the types of questions she’d be facing for the first part of their trek, and that knowledge partially formed her lingering dread for the adventure she’d been secretly hoping would happen her entire life. She had already been formulating answers to his first two questions as he opened his mouth, so it took Leau a few moments to realize that Felsen had asked a question she wasn’t prepared for. Swallowing her first responses, Leau spun on her heel to face whatever was coming up on them. She swallowed again to contain the fear.
What was quickly approaching looked like a cross between a sun fish, a giant squid, and the Dalek/human hybrid from the new Dr. Who. Very creepy – particularly after a fresh fall through the ocean holding hands with a friend who was simply that. What Leau wanted to do more than anything else in the moment she saw the creature was to run screaming, but she knew that would do nothing to help the situation. So she took a deep breath, and faced the unknown creature with all the poise she could muster.
“What are you?” the squid creature demanded.
“Ummm, I’m Leau and this is Felsen. Where are we?” Leau, for all her reading, entered into this conversation with much trepidation. The creature’s appearance and physique had completely thrown her off and she was unsure just what this new encounter would bring. She could only hope the Felsen would let her take charge and not muck up the whole thing. There was a small part of her that was also worried about whether she’d be able to not muck up the whole thing either.
“What are you doing here if you don’t know where here is? How did you get this far in without talking to anyone? What is this nonsense? You’re coming with me – now.”