Imagined Snippets,  Red


“Joshua!” It’s Dominic, shouting from the doorway of a room Joshua doesn’t recognize.

In less than a blink, Dominic is next to him. “You need to calm down.”

The low-pitched gentle words catch Joshua off guard.

“Breath in. Hold it. Breathe out. Come on, breathe in. Hold it. Breathe out.”

Closing his eyes, Joshua matches the pace of his breathing to Dominic’s words.

“Breathe in. Hold it. Breathe out. Good.” Then after several repetitions, “Okay, open your eyes.”

Joshua does. The red light is gone. That’s all he notices before something large and black comes between them. It’s Tsubasa, and she’s wagging her tail hyper fast and licking all over Dominic’s face. When she turns to Joshua he instinctively tries to shrink away but she’s faster, nosing against his hands. She feels…normal. Just like a dog.

“Dominic, how is she alive again?”

Dominic doesn’t answer. He’s gone completely still, watching Tsubasa.


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