It starts with a set of eyes opening. Her eyes. But yet... these eyes are huge, and wall sized in front of her. They are almost horrifying by their presence, except they are familiar. They are all shades of brown and green. The eyes blink slowly, emitting a warm loving feeling.
She begins to breathe, and stands up. (Standing? Legs? What?) She watches, entranced, as between the eyes a soft white light starts to grow. The light grows until it is so bright she brings up a hand (A hand? What is that?) to shield her face. (A face? Well now I've experienced everything.) The light around the edges of her hand dims and she takes the hand away to see that the whiteness has become a deep indigo, and is in the vague, fuzzy form of a doorway.
The doorway opens. The form that steps onto the threshold has long arms, short stubby legs, a long spiky tail that hangs back over the doorway, and a face that is there one moment, and pure indigo light the next. The face is as mother one moment, and father the next. The beast has wide tipped claws attached to the ends of its arms and legs, on fat furry paws. it glows all shades from white to indigo. It's torso is one moment symmetrically rounded, and the next displays life sustaining breasts. It's body is one moment reptilian, and the next mammalian and furry.
It tilts it's head to one side and smirks slightly, not unkindly. "So it begins again", it says. It's voice is like bells, like a deep bass, and yet like the lower notes of a piano all at once. She starts to move towards it and the doorway, saying "What is beginning?", but it holds up one paw. "Not yet dear-heart. It really IS just beginning", and for just a moment it's face is transformed by existing as a grandmotherly, loving crone, and it smiles. She smiles back. "Do you remember what you have chosen? What must be, what must become, and how to separate the two?" She is confused and feels light headed. "I'm not sure. Everything is all muddled, the way I'm thinking. How can I ever be sure that what's happening was meant to happen, or simply only the results of my actions?"
The beast, the Keeper of the doorway answers, "Simple. You remember I am here and consult with me on a daily basis. It is, after all, why we decided I would guard this doorway. Why I keep and protect this for you". It reaches into it's chest and pulls out a book. On the cover are the words 'All Of The Secrets Of The Universe'. She gasps in surprise and wonder and reaches for it. The Keeper yanks the book back into it's chest to disappear, and chuckles, throwing it's head back. "Ahhh, silly girl, it's not to be read yet! Why do you know what would happen if you opened this book?!I'll tell you what would happen! Everything out there", it motions behind it, through the doorway, "would quite simply cease to exist! There is a time for everything, out there. Oh but don't be too disappointed. The time is soon." She nods thoughtfully. (wait, I have a head? What is a head again...?) "Ok. I trust you. You are, after all... who are you again?" The keeper smiles and all at once she realizes and giggles sweetly. "Oh. Right".
"Yes, don't fret love. Everything you ever need to survive out there is always in here", The Keeper holds out it's paw. "Are you ready?" "Yes." She smiles. "Now that I know you will always be in here". She grasps it's paw and together they step through the doorway.
- © Emburr Orion Starshower, July 2010