“Ari, you’re glowing,” he warned as he trotted alongside her. The girl’s eyes widened as she glanced down at her hands, body, and legs. There was a yellow-hued aura emanating from within her. In daylight, it was difficult for most people to notice. Ariana stopped walking, closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Her companion looked around, feeling anxious. In seconds the glow faded, and Ariana opened her eyes.
“Thanks,” she said, looking down at the black cat. “I didn’t notice.”
“You have to be more careful, Ari,” the cat replied with a sigh. “Other people might not notice, but you’re like a lighthouse beacon to anything in the Shadows. It’s a good thing I was here to walk you home today,” he added.
“Would you stop chiding me?” Ariana hissed. “Do you know what people would think if they saw me talking to a stray cat?”
“Cats are everywhere in this dimension. This form