My eyes fluttered open, i felt something large and fluffy under me. Oh, that's right, uncle and I came into Rat City and we separated because there were drug guards. I rubbed my eyes and shook my hair.
I stretched and looked at Africa, I was sleeping on him the whole time? What was important however, was that I needed to see Sebastian, whoever that may be.
I tapped Africa on the nose to wake up. He gave a great yawn and whimpered. "You wanna come with me?"
He tilted his head in question. "I have to be somewhere and I have to make it there without getting caught"
He stood up and barked. "Africa, I'm high on pink. Do you know what that means?" He only barked twice. "Amazing, it would be funny if animals can take pills", i thought about that. "Really, no, that wouldn't be funny at all"
My leg had stop twitching finally. I needed to take back to uncle Riot, he's probably worried. I have to get my way to Sebastian but I don't remember him. I don't know what his face looks like. Was he like me? Was his hair cut or natural like mines? I didn't know these things about him. I looked at Africa, he was so big compared to my shrunken body of a teenager. He sat down in front of me, I patted his head. "Do you know who Sebastian Okeke is?"
His ears went up in response. I felt a little silly at first for asking a dog, but he surprised me when he barked for me to follow. He led me through the alleys again, I had a hold of his collar. "Where is he Africa?"
He sniffed the air and cut through a back door in a building. Africa got down low and crawled, I did the same and followed him. I smelled the scent of cinnamon buns and chocolate chip. I licked my lips and my stomach growled. Either way I kept moving and Africa went through an open window. I jumped through with him.
He sniffed the ground, I grabbed his collar again. "Where Africa?"
He ran off down another tight alley. I was confused as to where this animal was taking me. Isn't there a story about a little girl following a rodent into a drug trip? I've heard of it before. I heard Africa howl so i followed him, i squeezed through the tight space and popped out in front of a house. Africa scratched the door and howled again.
"Is he here?" I asked.
He wagged his tail. It looked like an old building, a business... a small business. I wonder what my cousin does or did. I peered inside the window to see the place was clean out. There was nothing inside but dusty desk and boxes labeled and a few dozen pill bottles.
Africa was scratching at something on the ground. I bent down and picked it up off the ground. It was a sign. It said, "Moved"
Where? That was the question.
I grabbed Africa by the collar, he went around the building, stood on his hind legs and pressed on the door with his front paws. He popped the door and went inside. There was an upstairs part of the floor with an old bed. Africa proceeded to climb on top and whine. I climbed up there with him, patted his head and assured him it was ok. "Good dog", I said and received a lick on the cheek.
I totally forget the cast on my arm, i hadn't paid it any attention. Africa put his paw on my arm, "i feel in broke it" I said. "The bone snapped in half"
He whimpered as he nuzzled my forearm. The cast around my arm actually felt a bit, I thought if I wiggled my finger under the cast just a little bit it would relieve a little pressure but went I put my finger under the cast, it slid off my arm.
I looked at Africa in shock, he only titled his head. I squeezed my arm... it didn't hurt, I wiggled my fingers. It was all healed. "Did you do something?", I turned to the dog. "Have some magically healing powers?" I joked. He shook his head, I guess he was just as confused as I was.
I already slept yesterday but I still felt tired, I laid my head down thinking I would take a light nap. Uncle will be surprised when he finds out the cast came off.
I woke up to the sound of Africa barking and growling, he was in the bed with me and stood over me lunging at an office. The guard smacked him with a stick, he whined. I tackled the man and took the stick from him. He grabbed it, flipped him iver and tried to hit me. Africa bit him in the neck, pulling and drawing blood. I backed away and went downstairs. I was dawdling for to long.
"Africa!", I shouted and motioned him to follow me out the door. He almost torn off the man's neck, he had blood around his mouth. We raced out the door, and were blocked by a man. Africa growled. "Black and Pink", the man scoffed. "You thought you could just sneak by?" He rose his night stick about to strike me, his hand came down. In my mind I'm just asking for my uncle to come get me. I heard a bing. I had shut my eyes and put my hands over me in defense to cushion the blow.
I opened my eyes and removed my hands. I blinked in surprised. Astonished by the pink shield that supposedly saved me. Africa bounced beside me, happy. The guard has flew back into a wall. His head was bleeding profusely. I touched the shield and it popped like a bubble.
"Africa, did you see that", i said with excitement in my voice. He bounced and wagged his tail. He barked, I had to focus on getting back to uncle. I grabbed Africa by the collar and went through the alley again, he tugged me the opposite way. I looked down the path I was headed to see five guards ahead.
"Alright let's go Africa"
Where he led me was out to the open streets, I forgot about the jacket around my leg and took it apart and shadowed the jacket over me. Probably suspicious, having a a little girl walk down the street with a jacket over her head, and it not even raining.
I turned my attention to Africa. "I need you to do something for me", I told him. "I need you to find my uncle, he's tall and brown. You think you can sniff him out?"
Africa immediately started to sniff the ground and air, he barked. He mouthed my hand and I grabbed him by the collar again.
Did he really know? How could he sense him?
....went into his pocket and pulled out a bandana. It read a faded out name. He wiped my face that was stained with tears...
Oh! As I thought about it, maybe that bandana has my scent on it. Africa tugged me down the street, where was he taking me? He stopped for a moment to look around then crossed a street by a large board that read, 'Train Station', "Is he at the train station?" He asked. Why would he be there? I asked myself. He shook his head. Then where?
Either way he dragged me to the direction of the station. It was crowded with people in business suits, all i saw where whites no blacks. I guess it a twisted perfection.
Everyone looks the same, artificial... They think alike, some even look alike. An ugly perfection, nothing was ever made to do what they were told, born or designed.
In my thoughts Africa was leading me down the end of the platform. There was one train track blocked off and warned with yellow tape. Africa leaped off the platform, dragging me with him and limped his way to the block off platform.
Down here? I was still asking why. Where had he gone?
I followed Africa deep into the tunnel then he stopped, sat down and barked. I squinted my eyes at a faint red glow in the distance. I began to feel a feeling of tiredness and hungry. I sat down in the ground.
It was uncle, giving off a red glow. He raced towards me looking bewildered and worried. He picked me up in his arms and held me close, "oh God my heart nearly stopped", he grasped.
"I found a dog", I said and pointed to Africa with my my castless arm. "It led me to you"
"How did your cast come off?" He asked, ignoring what i said.
"Oh!, uncle! My arm is all better now!", I shouted out, I was so happy to tell him. "And some guards found us in this old building and Africa but one in the neck", i announced very quickly.
"You attacked a cop?"
"He was going to attack me and Africa defended me but...", I said nervously. "When we ran out the building an officer was blocking our way and tired to strike--"
"Are you ok!?"
"Yeah", i exclaimed. "This magic pink bubble blocked his night stick flew him backwards into a wall, i think i may have killed a man uncle. But before that I was trying to hide after you left me and jumped into this condemned building from a roof, I almost didn't make it because my leg started to twitch and hurt really bad--"
"Tingling?" He questioned. He looked heavily concerned, "Are you sure your ok?"
"Y-Yeah, I'm a bit tired and hungry so maybe that's it."
He set me down on the ground and petted the dog. He turned to me, "did you find Sebastian?
I shook my head no. "The building were I got caught by the guards had a fallen 'Moved' sign on it."
He cussed under his breath. "That's the last time I leave you by yourself", he says.
"Last time", he cuts me off. Africa licks my face and I hug his head. "Good dog"