“Then maybe you should get yourself a new girlfriend,” Natalie snapped furiously, turning on one heel and storming out of the apartment slamming the door behind her, cutting off Shaun's reply, could this day possibly get any worse? First she finds out there is going to be a downsizing at her job and it isn't certain if she, the newest employee, can stay then she comes home to her parents arguing and when she went over to her boyfriend for some peace and it ended in a fight, again. Seriously, today the world was out to get her. Angrily she kicked a rock out of her way, stroking back her dark brown hair out of her eyes, normally a warm brown but now they were black with anger and pain. She knew that half of the blame for the fights between her and Shaun could be placed on her and her damn temper but he could be infuriating sometimes. Already Natalie's stomach turned to a knot, she hated fighting, especially with Shaun and she really hated when it ended in a fight between them and this feeling would stay until they made up again. At times she wondered if their past on and off relationship had been better, Natalie couldn't remember any serious fights between them from school, she feared what would happen if they actually moved in together. Sighing she pulled out her smart phone from her jeans pocket, no new messages, biting her lip she hesitated with her finger on the speed dial but then she shoved the phone back down the pocket. This time it could be his turn to make the first move for a reunion. Would it always be like this, she thought, small arguments or awkward comments that escalated into full scale fights between two stubborn and temperamental people? Tired of feeling upset and angry Natalie was happy to see green mix in with the grey asphalt, trees spread out around her reaching for the sun and ahead she could see the smooth surface of a clear pond, birds chirped and the city noise was almost drowned out. This was her special place, she always came here when upset, sad or angry and the place always made her feel better, refreshed and ready to take on whatever bothered her at the moment. Not many knew she often came here and it was pretty much never visited by others either, at least Natalie had never encountered anyone here. Taking a deep breath of the air, since the rain yesterday the scent of earth and nature was noticeable and just as always she started to calm down. Kneeling down at the edge of the pond Natalie dragged a hand through the cool water watching the ripples slowly vanish after disrupting the surface, taking it as a visual of her troubles going away. Once more she pulled out her phone, despite it having been silent she searched the empty screen for a message, finding none of course, frustration started to fill her again but then she looked at the pond again, the smooth surface was once again disturbed by ripples. Confused Natalie looked closer wondering what caused those ripples, but the pond was empty only her reflection looked back at her with an confounded expression. As she stared into the water Natalie slowly started following the never ending ripples with her eyes, her body starting to feel odd as if in a dream, without noticing it her phone dropped from her limp fingers to the ground. Colour drained from her face, although it was not that noticeable on her olive skin, and nausea poured over her in waves as her head spun as the world seemed to blur and quiet down as if her ears were stuffed with wool. Then just as suddenly as it began everything returned to normal, Natalie heard birds singing and crickets chirping but the city sounds had entirely vanished and the air felt unusually fresh, drawing a hand threw her dark hair Natalie stood up and scanned her surroundings, having totally forgotten her phone lying in the grass.