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As she stepped into a new world, Taliana was greeted by a low growl. Before her was a large, scaly beast showing a mouthful of sharp fangs. Lurching forward it gave a clear impression that her presence was unwelcome.
“I’m terribly sorry,” she kept her voice soft. She held her hands in front of her, palms up, feeling at a distinct disadvantage not knowing the creature’s language or culture, it was not one of the many she had learned. She couldn’t be certain if it was angry, upset at her invasion into its home, or simply saw her as a meal. It made it rather difficult to know what to do. “I promise you, I had not intended to wander into your home. I do apologize.”
The creature snarled again, though slightly quieter this time. Taliana took that as a good sign, though reasoned that the creature could probably understand her as well as she understood it. She took a step back. The threads around the creature were a knotted mess, pulling and tugging at his own threads in ways that must be painful.
“I… can help with that…” Since the creature didn’t seem to understand her worlds Taliana decided what mattered most was her tone. Reaching out her hands she began to try and untangle the knotted threads, talking as she did. She explained what she was doing, against the quiet growls of the creature. It didn’t snap at her, but settled back on its haunches, so Taliana took that to mean it didn’t want to eat her. She worked as quickly as she could, moving from talking about what she was doing to why she was jumping through the worlds. It didn’t matter what she said, she figured, since the creature couldn’t understand her, but it seemed reassured at her gentle tone.
The threads unraveled, Taliana stepped back towards the entrance of the cave. The creature looked more relaxed, its mouth baring fewer fangs, but Taliana didn’t want to press her luck with the creature.
“I hope your day improves now…. It was nice to meet you,” Taliana said as she backed away. The creature inclined its head in some sort of a nod as Taliana took a breath and a final step back.