Ismael S Rodriguez Jr

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The Key

Aug 27, 2022

I was walking through a dense forest, the kind where the trees are so close together that their branches form a canopy overhead, blocking out most of the sunlight. I stopped for a moment, wondering why I was there. I didn't remember coming into the forest. In fact, I couldn't remember anything beyond the last few minutes.

I was about to continue walking when I heard a voice behind me. "Hello, there," the voice said.

I turned around and saw a creature standing before me. It was hard to make out what it looked like, as it seemed to be made of shadows.

"Who are you?" I asked.

"I am the keeper of this forest," the creature replied. "And you, my dear, are the one who is going to help me free it."

"How can I help you?" I asked.

"By dreaming, of course," the creature said. "When you dream, you will be able to see into another realm. In that realm, you will find the key to freeing this forest."

"What is the key?" I asked.

"You will know it when you find it," the creature said. "And when you have found it, you must bring it back to me."

"How will I know where to find you?" I asked.

"I will be waiting for you," the creature said. "Now, go. Dream."

I closed my eyes and let myself fall into a deep sleep. In my dreams, I found myself in a beautiful garden. The flowers were blooming and the sun was shining. I felt a warmth emanating from the ground and knew that this was the place I was looking for.

I began to walk forward, and as I did, the scene around me began to change. The air became cooler and the sun disappeared. The flowers withered and died. I saw a dark figure in the distance, and knew that this was the creature I was looking for.

As I approached, the creature spoke to me. "You have found the key," it said. "Now, take it and use it to free the Forest."

I reached out and took the key from the creature's hand. I woke up then, and knew that I had to find the key and use it to free the forest.

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