The first thing I felt was the dryness of my overly-chapped lips. My back ached. I hadn’t slept on a real bed in days. Leroy had left my side since I last woke. I needed to eat. The pain from the hunger was becoming unbearable. Three days without food. Seventeen house since my last drink of water. Your watch is your best chance of survival. “Maybe I’ll find a river today.” I sighed in hope “It’ll probably be filled with sewage and dead fish like the last two.” I had to keep reminding myself that this world is worse than it once was. I’ve been torturing myself with the thoughts of suicide lately. Slitting Leroy’s throat so he isn’t left to fend for himself. I was Caught off guard by something grazing my leg. My shoulders relaxed when I saw it was only Leroy. The wet blood on his jowls suggests to me that he managed to hunt down a squirrel. “You didn’t save any for me? *******.” I chuckled. I wish he could understand me. Something about the way he panted made it look like he was smiling at me. Maybe he could hear me. I rubbed his neck, taking the time to admire all his individual fibers. I’ve always adored his calico coloring. I got up. The sun was beating on my forehead. I needed a hat out hear. My watch read “December 18th, 2500. Oxygen content warning: LOW” I remembered growing up with my mother saying how it snowed once when she was really little. She said it was only a few hundred years ago when this entire area of Canada was covered in snow. at least 20 feet of snow a year. I never bought into her stories, though. The sun is so hot. Mother talked about how there used to be people with pinkish skin. Pale even. That’s ridiculous. There’s a reason why everyone is dark. The sun bakes everyone. I felt my stomach rumble. I need food. My watch started beeping angrily, which is never a good thing. “OXYGEN DANGEROUSLY LOW” read on the screen I shouted “Run Leroy!” We started running, obviously Leroy easily pulling away, my feet pounding the pavement with every last breathe I had. The hard part is deciding where to run. You never know where the oxygen is. You could be running to more nitrogen and carbon. You could be running to your death. In-fact, I think I was. I was getting dizzy. I couldn’t stay focused on running. I just wanted to lay down. My foot landed on a large crack, and my foot rolled. I could feel my ankle snap. In a daze, I managed to look down. The boon protruding from my skin. I fell back. I started hyperventilating. Leroy came back. “Run, you stupid mutt!” He wouldn’t. He just stayed there. He licked my ankle. If hurt so much but it had a pain that eventually became enjoyable. He turned and started licking my face, trying to get me out of it. I could feel my heart feeling like it was about to erupt, all the while hearing Leroy’s pace of breathe begin to quicken. Everything started going dark. The last thing I saw was Leroy’s big brown eyes. With the shadow of a man above him.