11th of December 2016
The family drove out to the Nile before dawn to take a boat back to the other side of the city. They kept thinking this was just a trip, how - then- could it take away their child? They arrived with the sun at the desert coast, a mountain behind and the other side of the city ahead. Mother and father spread a sheet and sat at the back of this scene sobbing, while the young man and sister sunk their feet in the river.
He thought of the creature of the Nile that was known to heal misery - a penguin in the size of a dinosaur - and why it was not here, when he suddenly hears its elephant sound coming from a far away distance. He looks ahead and there it was - approaching, with broken chains on its flippers, stumbling from the heat under its feet and all the buildings and dust in the air - desperately trying to find the Nile. The young man knew that the police must have taken it hostage, far from water, and what he and his family were witnessing was its ultimate escape.
Human instinct in its original form runs to other's aid, but this changes with extreme circumstances where humans become self-absorbed rather than self-observant. The young man asked mother and father to help the creature but they had no interest to do so. Out of fear, out of negligence, out of revenge? it didn't count. The young man waited until the creature reached the Nile and swam slowly towards their coast, giving it a bowl of chicken bones that his sister had eaten from earlier.
A plant starts growing before the young man's eyes. Is this real? Is this a nightmare? A white, palest of branch, with black buds; it reminds him of the insect dragon that killed his brother. The creature starts to shrink at the same time; turning human-like, and soon after, the buds start to pop and shoot a numbing liquid. He runs in fear through the desert immersed in poison. His sister follows him into an abandoned garage. A hurricane struck through the emptiness and echo of the space. She starts throwing spells at him. He worries he is being played; turned into something.
With a face wrinkled from old age, he wakes up years after, alone at a dingy hotel room, watching a window blocked in concrete and reminiscing the two that once gave him a visit; a moment so bright and blurry, it never ends.