Chapter 4:


Wistful Dandelion

Outside the door, a long corridor with a few rooms on each side. The whole place was rather ordinary. Bookmark here

He leads me down the hallway, the walls a bleached blue astride a magnolia red carpet. Windows line all the way down, but they seem to be closed. Bookmark here

After walking for a minute, we reach a door in the middle of hallway. He takes out his case of keys and opens this door, beckoning me inside.Bookmark here

A room similar to the one we were just in. The only noticeable difference is another door that seems to lead outside.Bookmark here

Outside. Right. I still haven't seen the extent and limits of this world.Bookmark here

"So what's on the other side of that door?"Bookmark here

"The world you lived in."Bookmark here

"Really? So this world exists solely inside this building?"Bookmark here

"Very much so."Bookmark here

"I see why you're such a dull character now."Bookmark here

He remains deadpan, although at this point I assume his default expression is without one.Bookmark here

"Once you go through that door, this whole experience will become a dream to you. You'll be reborn anew, and hopefully live a joyful life."Bookmark here

"And you'll be watching over me?"Bookmark here

"You think too much of me. I'm merely fulfilling my duties as the messenger. Once you leave, I'll never be in your life again."Bookmark here

"You've never had the same person come back to see you again? To this purgatory?"Bookmark here

"It's possible, I wouldn't know. You're not reborn under the same image, so I would have no idea if the same person came back."Bookmark here

"How charming."Bookmark here

A door no different than the one I came through, and unguarded as well. I have to reiterate, this whole experience while surreal has been rather... dull. I suppose my background in magic lead me to greater expectations of the after world.Bookmark here

"Is there anything else I should know before I go through?"Bookmark here

"It wouldn't be of use to you anyway, you'll forget it as soon as you leave."Bookmark here

"Fair enough."Bookmark here

The door is barely six feet tall, with only a small wooden handle to push through. If I didn't know any better, I'd think it was just the entrance to another room.Bookmark here

I look back to the man, and he stares back. But we're past the point where words are useful, so I return my gaze and get a firm grip on the door handle.Bookmark here

There's a chance this is all a trap, but I'm living on borrowed time anyway. I've already made peace with myself so whatever happens next I can accept. Bookmark here

With only the slightest hesitation, I open it.Bookmark here

Once more, into the breach.Bookmark here

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