Nothing. I can’t define it, but I know it when I experience it. As soon as I talk about it, nothing becomes something. Pressure on my back, my neck ,my legs.
The pressure under my neck and legs is tighter somehow, more firm. I also hear soft humming. I open my eyes.
I’m being held in the arms of what feels like the biggest, warmest person there is. She’s a woman.
I try to ask where I am, who she is. No words come.
“Awe. That’s part of the camouflage. Just think it at me.
“Yes. Just like that. You’re in a safe place. A secret place.
“I have used many names. Right now, I am partial to Skyler.
“Why can’t you talk?”
She holds up a mirror. I see her. I see the hand she’s using to hold the mirror, the arm attached to that hand. The other arm is holding…
“Why a pink dragon? Dragons are very special here. There are a lot of them, but there’s only really one that matters. It’s lost as it happens.
“How’d you find your way here when you erased the coordinates of this place from your ship’s memory? I have my ways. Basically, I figure you’re better off here with me than out there. Your starship isn’t long for this world, I’m afraid.”
I just stared at this woman.
“Don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to pass the time. Tonight’s game night. I’ll bring you with me—Ashley, my new pet dragon. Named after the Dragon Ashley, who looks after those who are… Just a little different.
“What games will we play? It’s my turn to pick the games, and we’ll play any game we want… Except poker. I hate poker.”