Anna's Appearance

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“Would you like to learn to project her out of your body or shift into her?” Lina questions, tying her long jet black hair to a tight ponytail.

I give her a dumbfounded look. “What?”

“Project your guardian animal out of your body first,” she murmurs to herself. “Alright. This will be less painful than shifting into your guardian animal. Try to find her inside of you.”

As instructed, I close my eyes and try to concentrate on finding the mythical creature I saw just now. The way I could have touched the fiery red scales that might burn people’s skin, except for mine. How those intimidating red eyes stares into my normal brown eyes.

A part of me wonders if my eyes are still brown…

Concentrate, Mel!

I imagine a huge snake, almost as big as anaconda, slithering out of my tattoo on my bare right arm. Its long body around me as if protecting me instead of squeezing me alive.

At that very thought, will my guardian animal kill me accidentally? Is it possible?

I hear Lina sighs. I open my eyes to see her frown.

“You shouldn’t get distracted to easily. You were close though. Try remembering the good happy times,” Lina suggests.

I nod and take a deep breath. Instead, my mind is blank. The memories refuse to come out.

“I can’t do this,” I say between my soft pants.

“Watch how I do it, maybe you’ll get an idea,” Lina says. As soon as she says that, her cat tattoo glows and she brought up her hand in front of her. I notice the way Lina counts softly in her head.

1, 2, 3.

She opens her eyes, to reveal her eyes now slit like a cat’s.

1, 2, 3.

Lina says something in Chinese under her breath.

1, 2, 3.

I see Nila’s head is the first to come out of the tattoo. It looks a little ghostly.

1, 2, 3.

Now the whole body is out except for the tail. Nila holds onto Lina’s arm without hurting her master.

1, 2, 3.

Nila, the black cat with white paws is making its way to its master’s shoulder and sits on it, staring at me.

“Like that,” Lina concludes.

“Can you control her or is it separate when Nila is projected out of you?” I ask curiously.

Lina pets Nila’s head, making the animal purr in content. “It depends. Right now, she has a mind of her own. I can communicate with her every time. She’s my best friend.”

“What is she saying now?” I look at Nila.

Lina barks a laugh. “She’s asking you to pet her. Would you like to?”

Nila immediately jumps off her master’s shoulder and make her way towards me. With a chuckle, I scratch behind Nila’s ears as she rubs affectionately against my legs.

“Can you contact with your guardian animal?” Lina asks seriously.

I shake my head. “No, I hadn’t since I accepted her…”

Lina’s eyes widen like she just realized something. “Maybe that’s why it was so difficult for you to shift or project your guardian animal! You should link your mind with hers!”

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