WorldBent

What Bends Must Break.
Panel 75
Astra

Loud as ever, huh Marcia? Haha, Just wait until I start bragging to her about how nice you are, Sol! You might just have earned a new fangirl! Err… Sol? Aren’t you coming?


Sol

Huh? O-oh, yeah! For sure! Just let me uhh… Collect myself, I guess. I made a really bad first impression with the others, I think… I don’t want to just stumble out there like a dummy and make it worse than it already is...


Astra

Hmm… You sounded like you had it all figured out earlier, but you’ve really got the same problems as me... Granted, you’re a kid, so of course you probably don’t really know how to handle them...


Sol

...


Astra

Ugh, sorry, listen to me ramble! Such an idiot! Look...


Astra

You really helped me out back there. So it’s only fair that I help you in return, right?


Sol

Sure… But I mean, how can you even help me?


Astra

Well, *technically* I can’t actually help you… But don’t worry, I still have an idea! I’m going to let you in on a bit of a secret. It’s really helped me out when I’m sad, so hopefully it will help you too.


Sol

Huh. Okay, what is it?


Astra

Well, first you have to close your eyes.


Sol

Uh-huh. Then what?


Astra

Then, you need to control your breathing. In and out… Try to time your breaths so that you’re breathing out once for every four or five beats of your heart. It’s natures bass line, haha. Err… Anyway, There’s the breathing down. Feel better yet?


Sol

Sol: A little bit, I guess? But I still feel really stressed…


Astra

That’s okay! I sort of figured you would. Breathing control never really helped me either, but it DOES help with the next step. So, now I need you to clear your mind, and imagine a flower. Any type of flower at all works.


Sol

Okay. What next?


Astra

Well… That’s it!


Sol

...What?


Astra

That’s it! Just a flower. From there, start inspecting it. Imagine smaller and smaller details… Maybe there are caterpillars crawling on the flower. Maybe the leaves are flowing gently in the wind… Just keep noticing new things on this flower until you forget the world outside of it. It’s you and the flower, and nothing else… And when you decide you’re alright, you can open your eyes. And it’s like you’ve forgotten everything that was bothering you before.


Sol

Huh… It’s definitely unique. I don’t know if I have the time right now, but sometime I should give that a try. That’d be pretty convenient if I could just forget all of my problems...


Astra

Haha, well, there’s no guarantee it will work for you just because it does for me… Plus, well… No matter how hard you try to forget, they always come back in the end... But I hope it helps, at the very least. Now come on, Enoch and Marcia are waiting.

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27th Sep 2018, 5:18 PM

Team Anchora

(Sorry for the long wait. IRL issues hit a lot of people on the team, and we've also overhauled a lot about how new panels are made. You won't be waiting this long in the future!)

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