Jake sat on the edge of his window, looking out on the highway that lay beyond. He watched as each of the cars went by and sighed. As he saw the next two cars go by and decided to get back to the paper he had been distracted from.
"But first, a nap." he said aloud to himself as he slipped himself out of the window and onto a pile of clothes he had forgotten to wash. He got up and sat at the edge of his bed, throwing himself backward onto it. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath.
As his eyes shut and the darkness folded in on his mind, he felt an uncomfortable, tingling sensation emanating from his extremities. The tingling crawled up his legs and arms, warping into a heat that burned fiercely. Jake tried to open his eyes, but couldn't, finding that no matter how hard he strained the muscles, he could not feel them. The fire crept into his chest and stomach, pinching in on his torso and crawling up to the base of his neck.
As if his will had broken it, the sensation fell away all at once. Jake still felt horribly wrong. He strained to open his eyes. Now he saw in front of him starlight, not the poster covered ceiling that was in his room. Suddenly he heard the crunch of branches and flinched. He stood in one quick motion, putting his hands on his left side and tossing his feet underneath him. Jake turned in quick circles, unable to find the source of the crunch. Suddenly he found it, a starlit shadow squatting in the darkness.
"Who are you? Where am I?" he screamed at the shadow and shook with adrenaline. He was ready to fight this, whatever it was. His attempt to intimidate it failed, and a voice answered calmly.
"Oh dear. This is your first time, isn't it?" the voice was that of a girl in her late teens. Jake's jaw dropped at her response to him. "Let me guess," the voice seemed to comfort him, "you were trying to sleep when you got really uncomfortable, only to find out that your stuck, unable to do anything. Then you find yourself here, talking to someone whom you've never met before, but who in some weird way seems familiar."
"Who are you?" Jake interrupted her, unaware of what she had said, and how right she was. As he finished, the voice sighed.
"Calm down, I'm Kat, and I'll explain this all in due time. For now, just know that you're in a place known as The World."