The first thing she felt was something gently rubbing her face. Her eyes slowly opened and saw a figure kneeling in front of her. A wave of words filled her mind. Skin. Brown. Face. Eyes. Mouth. Smile. Arm. Hand. Fingers. Five. Human. Male. Man. Creator.
“Hello darling,” the man said.
She pushed herself up onto her four paws and jumped onto the man, resting her head on his shoulder. The man gently stroked her furry back. “There’s a good girl…” he murmured.
The man tried to hoist her off of him but she jumped back onto him, licking his chin.
“Ha ha ha ha ha! I must say, you’re the friendliest of all my creations so far!”
She stopped licking him and began rubbing her head against his chest.
“Now, what shall we name you…” the man said. “How does Karleena sound?”
Karleena… My name. A strange but pleasant rattling sound came from behind her. She jumped out of her creator’s lap, looking for the source of the sound.
A strange, white creature suddenly appeared in front of her. She bowed, waiting to see what it would do. The creature bowed too. Its tail slowly moved back and forth, just like her tail was. Wolf. Dog. Canine. But not actually a canine. Just resembles one.
Karleena’s creator laughed. “It’s okay, Karleena. It’s just your reflection on a mirror.”
“It’s you, Karleena. That’s what you look like.”
Karleena slowly approached the mirror, carefully observing her reflection. She had three completely green eyes and pure white fur. Some of the fur on her back was raised and shaped like spikes. She tensed her back and the spikes vibrated, creating a loud rattling sound. Karleena jumped, startled by what she had done. She turned to look at her sides and saw three green dots on each side.
Her creator said, “I put those dots there as a way of telling you from the others. Each one of you has a different mark. Those dots on your sides are yours.”
“They’re outside. I’ll introduce you. I’m sure they’ll be glad to have you as part of the pack.”