The Tear Drop (Chapter 8, page 1 of 7)


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Chapter 8

As I opened my eyes I felt the sensation of having a sheet draped over my head. For the world around me had been transformed from that of an open expanse of blackness and starry light to a smoky cloud that permitted one's visual field to only a few yards or more. It was as if a fire had been extinguished and that thick white smoke that comes after had replaced the air with its swirling shroud. But, there was no smell of smoke, of fire, no corresponding effects of one's eye's watering and its presence was far too overreaching to have come from even the most remarkable of blazes. This only made the situation more curious. But in spite of this strange phenomenon, I was determined to explore this new world were I had landed. I was certain that it was here were I would find that tear drop. I had only hoped that it was conspicuous enough for me to find. I really couldn't understand how such a small and malleable item was to be found. It could be anywhere, hiding under some random patch of bushes far from any trail or road. How was I to know in what direction to go, in what area to look, and what exactly to look for? I truly trusted my lady of the meadow, in that, she said I would find it.

I climbed off the ship via a long rope ladder that crawled along the side of the ship's outward bow and came to rest on a sandy beach. The waves beating against the shore brought with it the smell of ocean that was the only link to where I'd been. It was familiar even if there was nothing else there that was. And so with an attitude of curiosity, hope and above all guarded apprehension, I walked away from the beach and towards the inland. But as I made my way from the beach I was stopped by a wall of coastal mountains that stood in front of me like an army of ancient giants. They advanced upwards with rock and dirt, but how far I could not see. Determined to get to the other side, in that I had assumed that the thick fog was a consequence of their presence, I took to them with a renewed fervor.

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