I stepped into the cool pool, and walked down waist high. My clothing welded to my body, every fiber soaking up the pond. I let myself float there, closed my eyes, and let my mind take me away. I needed answers. I needed to be sure of myself. Of him.
I was inside my garden, full of exotic plants and life filled the place, floor to ceiling. My greenhouse. My sanctuary.
"Hello?" I called. I felt alone here, but it couldn't be. I knew my angel had to be here. To guild me and tell me if I was right for what I was doing. But yet I felt so alone. Not a single presence lurked the confines of my spiritual realm. Nothing but the animals that will scurry by me, or fly off in search of food. The statues that guarded me like a temple, seeming ready to come alive and strike down anyone who dared to enter. The vines hung still. Leaves refused to shake. Silence, all but the crunching of leaves beneath my feet. I sat, and I waited, concentrating on calling upon my guardian.
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