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breakthroughyou taught me how to breathe
in and out, felt the air inside me
toxins, hardly air anymore
you showed me how to see through the fog
into the smog and through the mountains
thank you for blessing me
you convinced me to listen
when there was nothing to hear
but the hum of the insects and cry of the coyote
you demonstrated how to run
not in a straight line, but how a snake does
and how the wounded elk flees from the fight
you told me how feelings work
pain, love, hate, and instinct
you showed me each, one by one; mending me each time
i reached out hoping to touch you
your breath brushed my hair away
the ants crawled around my legs
they carried me off to the valley
where you could not reach me
but i could hear you whispering
"breathe in, breathe out
look up, and then down
sit down, get up
listen, and then feel
run around, and then try once more."
and then there was a helper
dear spirits, you'd sent a guide,
though you pointed out; it was not forever
which was a good thing
The BeginningHe told them, of course. He told those idiots everything, the whole damn story, including the blunder he'd made, and its consequences. Looking back on it later, he realized he had probably been in shock the whole time. It made sense, anyone would have been.
Soph was about twenty years old, and he'd been that way for a couple of years already, ever since the Hoarde had started attacking humanity from the past. Every day that passed, they ate at another day in the past. It sickened him. Those creatures had absolutely no regard for proper time and causality protocols.
It didn't seem to affect anyone else that way, though.
The Hoarde was the result of a human creation, of course, like everything bad in the world, though no one else knew about them. Then again, no one else had undiluted access to the power of creation. Even he didn't know much about the Hoarde, only that they appeared through some tear in The Fabric of The World and started killing people off. They appeared at some point in
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