Sophie rubbed sleep from her eyes. The sun's rays streamed through the trees, dappling her skin with light. Verdant leaves rustled as she stretched out.
A magpie swopped down, his black and white wings shimmering in the dawn. A mouse dangled in his mouth. He landed and cocked his head to the side, his single eye fixed onto Sophie. She stroked his head, and he dropped the mouse into her other hand.
"Thank you, Rafe," Sophie said with a smile. Rafe blinked that single eye, pecked her hand, then launched back into the air.
Sophie cupped her hands to either side of her mouth and yelled, "We'lI be together soon!"
Sophie was almost mine. That selfish heart of hers beat for naught but her, and soon it would beat for naught but me.
Sophie rose to her feet. Unaccustomed to how human legs worked, she stumbled and hopped across the forest floor. Becoming more and more nauseous, she eventually bent over and heaved. "Rafe, what have you done to me?" His peck told her he would be watching and