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Mirror Lake: intro
Sitting back against the head rest Karen closes her eyes. Worry and fear bubble against her brain but she shoves them out the window, into the blue hazy sky. The clouds can have her worry; they can rain her fear down upon everyone else, because right now, she doesn’t need them. What she does need is a glass of ice and some diet soda, maybe a bag of those salty pretzels as well. She waves down the stewardess and politely asks for her drink. Cup in hand, she glances at her watch. Only two more hours and she’ll be “home.” A place she has never called home before but the place that she must now learn to live in.
Below the plane, Jake sleeps inside a tan and metal case. His substantial frame fills every corner of the box, his furry feet pawing the side of it. Dreams flitter through his mind; he runs after Karen, willing her to throw the ball farther than he can run. It’s not possible. His long nails scratch the inside of his temporary bed.
Karen is sleeping now also, head against the closed window. She is dreaming of flying; sitting atop a great golden eagle. Her boyfriend Sam is waving goodbye from the ground, smiling. The sky before her is a strange orange color, hazy and thick.