8. IN THE GARDEN

It was there.

In the garden.

That I saw her. 

I was ready to run off and play in the woods, but just as I walked out the door, she stood there.

Leaning against the wall.

She wore a red dress, with swirly black patterns printed on.

Her long, dark hair was braided.

She smiled at me, and then quickly ran away.

And I died.

Instantly following the few seconds that our eyes met, a swirling sensation welled out from the earth beneath me.

It entered the soles of my shoes and rushed up through my legs.

When it hit my belly, it exploded into a million pieces of swarming invisible insects, trying to get out.

The wave hit my heart, and ripped it open.

All I could see, was a cloud of vibrating particles that flickered in all the colours I knew.

And some new ones that I didn’t.

What seemed like a far too short eternity passed.

Then I could hear the voice of my mother calling my name.

It sounded as if she was standing at the bottom of a deep well.

I slowly returned to my normal senses.

Changed.

I have been looking for the girl ever since.