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My gift to my wonderful readers. I may never be number one, but the real number one is you.

So as I stated earlier today. My gift to everyone in the first chapter of my eighth book to which I have quite an interesting title. I just wanted to share it with you all as a kind of gift. I want you all to know that I love you all very much and just knowing that there are people out there who read my posts and books means a lot to me. So with that being said, I hope you enjoy this sneak preview and I wish you all the best on this wonderful day. Your friend, Miles Davis.

Just Passing Through:

What walked in the darkness was a foul beast that lingered about the landscape not crafted by any higher power. A vast landscape of untamed land that drifted throughout the endless period. A world forever lost in the endless drifts that forged this harsh environment. In the meantime, the lands were cultivated by its caretakers. Over the years, the world we know now formed. Many would see this farmed land with the odd placement of trees as nothing but the everyday sight from the untrained eye. But for those who are just on their way for whatever purposes they had within their lives. A world that started before the Sun rose and long after it set. This is where I found myself spending a good portion of my time, stuck within this small portion of the civilized world. My place of residence was at the Blue Bird Inn, a small motel off the beaten path within the sleepy little town of Bishop located within Alberta. My life leading up to this point was one of my primary disappointments. My job was nothing more than a soul-destroying chore that I felt I needed to do to feel happy. So, with little to no resistance, I packed my bags and decided to attempt to find myself. It resembled an old logging town on the brink of rebuilding from the recent economic downfall. I've been here for the better part of two days, and so far, my opinion of this place reminds me a lot of my first rundown apartment. It wasn't much, but it was enough of mine to call home. Though, for the most part, I honestly was just thankful that I could leave the confines and headaches of the city and my cubical job to finally get out into the real world. The businesses all opened at nine and closed by five; it took some time getting used to this; it's almost alien to me in the way. The fact that nothing opened twenty-four hours a day is so foreign to me, and yet at the same time, I loved it. Sure, the thoughts of what I would do with my life. Up to this point were still up in the air for the most part. But as my coffee was brewing from the cheaply made single cup coffee maker, it filled the room with the aroma that made me truly happy. As it was done, I turned it off, added my sugar, and stirred it with a cheap plastic stir stick. With coffee in hand, a feeling of adventure builds up within my very being. I made my way over to the door and decided to take in the world around me. The Motel was nothing to really write home about; it was frequented mainly by those just passing through themselves or those doing road work. I looked out to the only road in and out of town and looked over like a stranger in a strange land. For the most part, I had no idea what to do with my life at this point. For most of my time here, I've just wandered about this place like an outsider attempting to blend in, and for most of it all, no one really seemed to care. Which honestly was something nice for a change. I was happy for the most part that everything was able to flow as it had done before I arrived. This town had given me a sense of purpose, a sense of excitement, and so the weather report was saying that it was going to be a wonderful day. Supposedly there wasn't going to be a cloud in the sky, and so I decided that it would be fun to go on a hike. There was a trail about ten minutes away, or so that would lead down to a small lake surrounded by the beauty of nature. Or so that pamphlet said at the Motel office. But at this point, I wanted to do something new, something that I couldn't do within the concrete confines of the city. I finished my coffee and felt like I was about to venture out into the real world, with a fresh start and a sense of adventure. I took the pamphlet and began my trek out of my room. There I followed the gravel path into the thick of the forest. With every step, I took the sound of the gravel from under my feet filled the air. The air was fresh as the warmth of the Sunkissed my skin in such a way that I got goosebumps. For the first time in a while, I felt truly alive. I was excited to finally see an actual lake in God knows how long for the first time. With every moment I spent on the path, there was absolutely nothing but the beauty of nature. Everything was void of life, not an insect around or a bird in flight for the most part. I walked for what felt like an hour or so. I was entirely surrounded by nature. The thick brush surrounded me as if I was not from this world; for the first time in a long time, I was able to be genuinely a lost soul within the confines of nature. Off the beaten path rested a large rock partially buried in the ground. The thought of taking a moment to rest was pretty promising. So, I decided to take a break was in my cards, so I made my way over and sat down. For the first time in a while, the sight of nature was something truly to love, and I couldn't imagine myself being anywhere else within the world. I felt truly one with nature. From out in the distance, I could see the faint image of someone wandering towards me down the trail. Great, I thought another person wanted to see the Lake. Though I'm not going to lie that the very sight of seeing another person out there was enough to make me feel uncertain. Chaulk it up to my life in the city where you always have to be on guard. As the stranger continued to make their way to me with every step, their appearance grew, revealing that they walked with a limp. Her hair was a mess, and her face was pale like that of a wax candle. Everything seemed off about her, her eyes were sunken in, and the life had been sucked out of her. So, I sat perfectly still, wondering just what would come out of this encounter. The air grew thick, and as she was muttering to herself, speaking in a nonsensical language that I couldn't for the life of me make sense of. I could feel my nerves grow as I waited for her to turn to me and ask for something. With what had just happened, I figured it would be best if I were to ask if she needed anything. Maybe she was someone who had just experienced a mental breakdown or something.  With every ounce of my being, I asked if everything was okay? Maybe, it was just a lost cause at this point, but I wanted to attempt to do the right thing for the most part. I figured that it was probably for the best for the most part. But she continued to walk away into the distance until she was entirely out of sight. The sky above me was churning with energy that electrified the air. Just like that, the wind began to pick up, but for the most part, I couldn't just leave now. The fun was just starting, and my sense of adventure was still at its peak. Though the sight of nature was one for me to enjoy, the world was finally revealing the beauty of life to me.  While the silence began to grow with every waking moment and with it came the feeling of being completely lost within my own head. Just as I was about to stand up, the wind gently picked up, sending a chill throughout my entire body. I expected someone or something to pop out of nowhere and make itself known to me for the most part. Just my luck, I thought probably a Bear or perhaps a rabid animal, but as I turned around, there was nothing. Not a soul to be seen. It was just like that; I continued on my journey in the hopes of taking in the beautiful sight of the Lake and possibly a nice dip to recharge the batteries.

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