Jacqueline damned the dry heat that pressed down on her from all sides, stifling her. Travel through the desert proved difficult for the thick-furred lady, who’d spent all of her days prior in chilly Canada, cold but comfortable. Sure, she’d been traveling south to find warmer temperatures, but not this kind of heat. God, she hated it here. Where was the water? The grass? She couldn’t even hear any birds singing, for fuck’s sake.
Where was she? And why, of all places, did she have to end up here? Uuuuuuuuuughhhh.
Amber eyes peered into the hazy distance, and settled on… a creek? Finally.
She set her sights toward the body of water and settled into a comfortable lope, willing herself to quit being a baby and to just ignore the burning heat around her. If she sped up, she told herself, she’d get to the cool water faster. Yeah, that sounded about right. As she traveled along, she noticed the sky darken, and wondered if this wasteland ever saw stormy weather, or if it was permanently a burning hot hell. Probably the latter.
Jacqueline rejoiced when she reached the little creek. She didn’t waste a second before plodding into the waters, splashing water around her as she traversed to the center. Panting from the exertion of her travels, she thanked her lucky stars that she’d found somewhere to cool off her burning paw pads. In comparison to the creeks she was used to, the water here wasn’t very cool at all, but it was still something to serve as an oasis amidst this dirty, dusty desert.
The girl waded to a shallow section of the creek and plopped down. Feeling pretty smug about the cool water she’d found, she convinced herself that she’d found the ultimate resting place, one that was so perfect, she didn’t even need snow to feel cool. Yep, she’d found it all right here.
Except, a second later, she saw something puffy and white floating down beside her. She cocked her head to the side, bewildered, and watched as it landed on the shore. Despite the heat, the snowflake—and all the others like it—wasn’t melting. How weird! Jacqueline was perplexed by this, but not quite enough to get out of the water yet. No, she still had some serious cool-down relaxation time before she would get up, heat-snow or no heat-snow.
Dec 16, 2017 12:38 AM
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