Emma: I will put down my A to make “A” Julian: I will add to your A to make “AT” Cristina: I will add to your AT to make “RAT” Diego: I will add onto your RAT to make “BIOSTRATIGRAPHIC” Emma: *flips the board*
This is the first time that I have ever been tagged in any kind of challenge, so I am so happy about this. Thank you, @malloryblaisefor tagging me in this! This is based off of this post. It’s rough-ish, but, here I go:
The large spirit bowed its head, tree trunk thick tusks scraping the ground, creating two long, but shallow trenches in the dirt. Remembering her manners, Ajai bowed back, but kept it hasty.
“Um, not that I’m not happy to see you again, because I am. I totally am. Seriously, like, how’s it going, man? Dream eating going well?”
The Baku tilted its head at her.
“I am genuinely curious,” she assured him, waving her hands in an attempt to express how serious she was and accidentally smacking a nearby tree. She barely registered the pain. “Like, what do they taste like?”
“I am unable to describe it,” the spirit said, sounding slightly amused. “However, they would not be the best thing for your kind to attempt to eat. If a human were to consume a nightmare the way a Baku does, they would be forced to live that nightmare for every waking moment for the rest of their life. No being, not even a Baku, would be able to retrieve it from them or save them from it.” It raised a massive paw that immediately sent whatever words that were about to come out of Ajai’s mouth right back down her throat. She couldn’t find it in her to feel shame for her reaction; the Baku could probably crush a bus with that paw. It continued, “In the human that created it, a nightmare is merely a collection of ideas and fears. It is harmful, but has no will of its own and can be taken care of. Once extracted from the mind it becomes a sentient being of its own and can only be safely devoured by one of my kind.”
That was longer that originally intended, but I wanted to add a bit of context. (A bit more: This is Ajai’s second encounter with the Baku that took her recurring nightmare away. After he sort of dream kidnaps her, she finds out some interesting information about nightmares.) I shall tag @christinawritesfiction @chasingfictionx @c-foley @thewritehag and @byjillianmaria