She looked over slowly at her aunt, who was standing on the edge of the tiny pavement she had in her garden, staring at her niece with worry and curiosity.

“It’s one in the morning.”

“I know,” Arian sighed, looking at the portal as it swirled, lighting the air around it with a curious blue glow. She could barely see the fence behind it, the one that connected into the fields that spanned around most of the town.

“Why are you out here, pet?”

She turned to look at her aunt fully, turning her back on the comforting glow and suddenly realizing how wet the bottom of her trousers had gotten from the dewy grass. Starting to walk back up to her aunt, she shuffled her hands under her armpits and walked into her aunt’s embrace.

“I forgot I can’t just jump over the fence to her place anymore.”