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Vedania followed the others through the door to fall through empty space. Traveling between worlds didn’t use to bother her. Before she became aware of darkness between the worlds the others couldn’t fathom. Her thoughts could pull her off course and trap her if she let them. The trick was to focus on the light of the next world. Just a little further and she’d be safe again.
She froze when warm fur brushed her ankle. The light dimmed ahead. Jinx’s cat, Blackie, rubbed against Vedania insistently—glancing between the archer and the darkness on their right. Where was the little girl? She must have made it through with the others. Right? Or could someone other than Vedania get trapped between worlds?
Vedania followed Blackie, fixing the location of the next world in her mind. Its light was only visible from the path. The moment their destination vanished another light flooded the darkness, echoing with the sobs of a scared child. Blackie led their way across aged asphalt and cracked concrete to where Jinx sat disconsolate with crumpled paper balled in her fist.
Her cat calmed the girl by nuzzling into her lap. Vedania took her own slow calming breath. They were alone in a distorted memory of Jinx’s neighborhood on Earth. Strength bled from Jinx’s body with her tension and she looked up at Vedania, tears flowing freely even as she remastered her breathing.
“Why did my parents leave me behind?”
Vedania held out her hand with what she hoped was a reassuring smile.
“We’re going to find your mother now.”
Jinx released her crayon drawing of a father and mother holding hands with their daughter to take Vedania’s hand. The archer couldn’t let herself think what happened to Jinx’s family was her fault, or they’d both be lost.