My feet hit the soft littered floor of the forest. All around me were the sounds of birds. At least, I thought they were birds. The forest opened up to a path, dark with heavy foliage on one side. The light of the sun broke in streams on the other. Beautiful to behold. I took another light step.
"Magical or Mundane?" The words echoed in my head. I looked around. Did I imagine that?
"Mundane or Magical?" I flinched, the voice deepened. What was it asking me? If I was magical or mundane?
I stumbled trying to think. Should I answer it? "Um... mundane?"
The trees hissed while a flock of birds scattered above. A roar, louder and deeper than any voice in my head, made my knees shake. Crashing through the thick woods a bear came into view. It stopped when it spotted me. Raising up on it's hind legs it roared again. Holding my ears I took a step back. The beast was taller than I had ever imagined it.
It moved forward, swiping its paw. I ducked and turned to run back over the bridge.
It was gone. The river rushed past, foaming white with force. No way back.
I turned to face my attacker and dropped when its claw came my way. I huddled in a ball, waiting for death. The breaths of the bear steamed against the back of my neck. Its feet inches from my face.
I waited. The end would come soon. It had to. I was such an easy prey.
I glanced up. It nodded at me when our eyes met. Then, with a final forced breath, it walked away.
"Approved. Mundane it is." The voice sounded in my head again. "You may proceed."