I kept my head burrowed in his fur but I could feel that he started walking again. I didn’t care where he was going.
Even though I knew, I didn’t want to know.
We walked for a long time, I think. It both felt like it happened in the blink of an eye and took an eternity, but now he stood still.
Strangely enough he didn’t start talking this time. It was as if he was waiting for something.
I waited a long time before I took the bait.
“Where are we?”
“Where it all began, the center of the world.”
I looked around. I knew this place. This was where I grew up. Or maybe it was where I thought I grew up. I realized that it didn’t matter to me as I looked around with nostalgia in my eyes.
“Close your eyes, sense the world around you.”
I didn’t understand what he meant. I considered briefly if I should act defiant or not, but in the end I chose to close my eyes at the very least.
“Do you feel the wind brushing through your fur? Can you smell the scent of summer in the air? Take all of it in.”
I still didn’t understand, but I tried my best.
“If you want, you can feel everything. This is the center of the world.”
I tried taking everything in.
“You are the world, and the world is you.”
I was used to his riddles by now so I made sense of it.
“Open your eyes.”
I opened my eyes and looked at the world.
“All is yours, your will be done.”
I jumped down from his head, a fully grown adult now.
I turned around and looked at where he once was.
“My will be done.”
Author note: Quite impressive you managed to stick with it so long. This was meant as a short story and as such we are now at the end of it. I realize there might be a few of you who are flipping tables at the ending, not sure what is going on. In that case I advice that you read it again.
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it. Personally I’m quite proud that there now is a story about a tiger on this blog. A thing the world sorely needs.