Things I had time to consider as I fell from a tree I climbed:
- The wind seemed very sharp
- The ground looked so soft from up high
- The branch that I thought was interesting looking from below was not nearly as interesting looking when I got to it
- No amount of arm flapping would cause me to fly
- Though I certainly tried
- Why do I not get to fly?
- I do not think birds should get to fly when most of the rest of us do not, it is strange and does not seem fair
- But birds do not have front legs or paws or fur, so maybe flying was their trade-off?
- The size of the sky does not seem to change while falling
- The size of the ground does definitely seem to change while falling
- Moments of tremendous unease seem to last a very long time, which is, again, a very strange and not very fair thing that happens no matter what, always
- When moments like that stretch out, I am forced to linger on the thoughts and actions that made the moment difficult to begin with
- And I have to, in a way, relive an awful thing while the awful thing is happening for what feels like a forever
- I do not like that and it does not seem fair
- Because even if I get all the time that is possible to have to think about one particular thing, I will be unable to change it or alter it or even really stop it from clouding my thoughts, so I am being forced by some unknown thing to sit and stare at myself inside me forever even as the ground gets closer and closer to my snout
- The number of leaves I would likely fall onto
- Which looked to be about ten?
- Which was not enough leaves to constitute a safe or even mildly comfortable landing
- That maybe trees do not like me?
- Which is why I am often falling from them or things on them are falling from them and landing on me?
- A very brief, fleeting moment of nothing right before my paws endure the shock of beginning my landing
- Which was actually nice
- And very relaxing
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