The complete exploration of the new unfamiliar territory took him five days.
He maneuvered through the valleys and over the hills where he met nothing but nothingness. He rested in the shade during the swelter of the days and moved more quickly at night.
His tracks show his dedication.
He scanned the horizon for signs of danger while he sampled the surface underfoot, every hair on his body alert, reaching and seeking.
Once the entire terrain was mapped out, he felt it safe to move on, go back, and set everyone’s concern at ease. Though his own concern grew more insistent the closer he got to home.
Fear not friends, there are no monsters or gods or poisonous gases or predators looking to harm us.
Yet he still felt a whisper of the heavy, expectant nothingness slowly surrounding and settling in.