An itch in my nose stirs me from my sleep. I awaken in complete darkness, but of course, it’s always dark here.
The itch, while irritating, soon gives way to a greater sensation: hunger.
I let myself drop from the ceiling and immediately begin flapping to break my fall. I let out a high-pitched shriek. The echo tells me there’s an obstacle in my path, and I correct my course to avoid it.
Minutes later, I find my way through a fissure to the outside world. Now I can begin the hunt.
But something is wrong. There is no prey to be found anywhere. No moths, gnats, midges. They should be everywhere, but I can’t find any.
Worse, the air outside is cold and dense. It’s drowning me and I can’t stay aloft. I can’t make it to the safety of home. I plummet into cold, wet powder. I lie there trembling from the cold, screeching for help, but none is coming.
I can do nothing but wait to die, knowing that I should not have woken from hibernation.