My second try at making a spherical panorama. This made me think of Jake Chambers from the Dark Tower story….
Doug walks home from school every day filled with dread. It’s always the same fear that he will get home and find his mother dead, with the ants crawling all over her body. He walks slowly to delay the inevitable, carefully avoiding the cracks in the sidewalk so as not to make matters worse by stepping on them. He’d be shaking by the time he got home, cautiously going through the door and tip-toeing through the house. His mind held the image of the blood and the ants and the smell until he got to the kitchen where she would be smiling and waiting with a snack for him. A glass of warm apple juice and three cookies. The kind in the shape of a windmill that tasted a little like peanut butter. He’d breathe a big sigh of relief that once again, she wasn’t dead and the ants kept their distance, but he’d still be shaking for at least a half an hour. This went on every day for years….
But today would be different. There was a strange man in the kitchen with his mother, and a woolly mammoth had one of his cookies….
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