“Do not be afraid. Come and see.”
And I wanted to: I truly did.
I wanted to follow that voice and observe those remarkable eyes wherever they looked. I was certain - then as now - that they would lead me to a life wholly unlike my own; to a future as different from my expectations as could be and perhaps to a world remade. One without my present pain, darkness and despair.
It might be that they’d lead instead to chains and cutting and even to darkness redefined. Perhaps it would be both.
I trod onto the first step.