Everything on here is purely symbolic and nothing more.
I walked quickly to put as much space as possible between myself and the city. As the
sun began to set, I looked about me for a suitable place to sleep. Ahead of
me was a large tree that looked inviting. I made it my goal.
It was already dark when I reached the tree. I made a bed of leaves under
its widespread branches and curled up within my cloak. I slept soundly, but
awoke cold and stiff.
As I tried to convince my body to wake up, I noticed the most fulfilling
smell in the air. I walk around and discovered it came from the tree.
Intrigued, I climbed into it. The scent seem to bade me to climb higher, so
I did. Halfway up, I found a woven section of branches, just the right size
to hold me. I crawled into it as the morning sun's warmth seeped into my
bones. Before I knew it, I had fallen back to sleep.
When I awoke again, it was past noon and something was stroking my hair. I
turned and faced a rather funny looking creature who resembled either a
lemur or a raccoon - or perhaps a bit of both. It stared at me with
unblinking eyes and reached for my hair again. I sat up.
"Hello," I said.
I didn't get as much as a squeak or a growl. It seemed completely focused
on my hair. I stared at it. It didn't seem dangerous to me. It reached
for my hair again.
Curious, I leaned closer and let the creature touch my hair. It stroked my
hair softly for a little while, then it nuzzled it face in it. When I
pulled away, it clung to me. I patted its back while I tried to figure out
the fascination it had with my tresses. Finally, my stomach growled and I
decided I needed to find something to eat. I began to climb down.
The creature was oblivious to my descent until I reached the lowest limbs.
Then it frantically began screeching and tried to pull me back into the
tree. I disentangled myself from it and pushed it away. It screamed at me
as I sprinted back to the road. I saw a farmhouse up ahead and ran to it.