She slipped through a crack.
And entered into a holding.
Time did not exist there.
She didn’t know when she would be able to leave.

Go deeper.
They said.
Grow deeper.
And so she dug.


There’s a Chinese saying.
I’m too lazy to type out the Chinese characters so here it is in English:
‘When you go up the mountains enough, you will meet tigers.’

My version of that is:
When you go on walks enough,
you start making friends.

I don’t have a set route.
I go wherever I please.
As it pleases me.

Today was the third time I met him.
We always meet at the same bend on a side street.
He’s always excited to see me.

I would offer him my left hand.
And he would kiss it.
Slobber all over it.

His name is Shiba.
He looks super mean.
But he’s nice to me.


I wonder what I’ll see once all this dust settles.

She had become so detached that everything could be sacrificed.
For what is true.


Unless it is a gift,
you always pay for what you take from others.
In one way or another.


The invasion severed all the connections in her brain.
She had to relearn everything from the ground up.


The climb up the holy mountain was arduous.
She needed to reach the fox shrine before sunset.
The owls were hooting.

There were answers she sought.
Certain truths which were concealed just a little below the surface.
Without an understanding of the past, you cannot move forward into the future.

She needed to be sure.
To be absolutely certain.
Before she was to enact what she needed to do.

The sacred prostitute welcomed her at the entrance.
She was led to a room where she was stripped down.
To be bathed in fragrant oils.

One had to be clean from the ills of the mortal world,
in order to seek an audience with the Priestess.
They would come for her at dawn.

She was unable to sleep.
Being so close to the end and yet still so far.
She watched the moon until it disappeared into the horizon.

The Priestess sat behind a veil.
There was already a thick tome laid out before her.
She flipped through the empty pages until she saw what she needed to see.

Everything she knew had been a lie.
Overtaken by Mara,
her spirit quickly fled her body.