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A white horse fell in the mud

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Princes, the Cymric, was not your average feline. She was adaptable, affectionate, and calm, but she also had a job. A very important job. She was the guardian of the portal to the realm of infinite possibilities.

Now, you might be wondering, how did a Cymric cat come to guard such a portal? Well, it’s a long story involving a wizard, a misplaced spell, and a can of tuna, but that’s a tale for another time.

Princes took her job very seriously. She would sit by the portal, her tail flicking lazily, her eyes half-closed in that way cats have of looking both completely relaxed and ready to pounce at the same time. She was the perfect guardian. No one would suspect that a seemingly ordinary cat was the only thing standing between them and infinite possibilities.

One day, a young man named Harold stumbled upon the portal. He was a bit of a dreamer, always looking for something more, something exciting. When he saw the portal, his eyes lit up. “Infinite possibilities,” he murmured, “just think of it.”

Princes, hearing this, opened one eye and regarded Harold. He seemed harmless enough, but she had a job to do. She stood, stretched, and then sat directly in front of the portal, blocking Harold’s path.

“Excuse me, kitty,” Harold said, trying to step around her. But Princes was quick. She darted to the side, still blocking his path. Harold tried again, and again Princes blocked him. This went on for a while, Harold growing more and more frustrated, Princes growing more and more amused.

Finally, Harold sat down, out of breath. “Why won’t you let me through?” he asked, looking at Princes with pleading eyes.

Princes, of course, didn’t answer. She was a cat, after all. But she did give him a long, thoughtful look. Then, she did something unexpected. She reached out a paw and touched the portal. It shimmered, and an image appeared. It was Harold, but not as he was now. In this image, he was older, wiser, and he looked…happy.

Harold watched, transfixed, as the image changed, showing him in different situations, different possibilities. Some were good, some were not. But in all of them, he was living, really living, not just dreaming.

When the images faded, Princes removed her paw and looked at Harold. He was silent for a long time. Then, he stood up, dusted himself off, and gave Princes a small smile. “Thank you,” he said, and then he turned and walked away.

Princes watched him go, her tail flicking in satisfaction. She had done her job. She had shown Harold that he didn’t need a portal to find infinite possibilities. They were all around him, in every choice he made, every path he took.

With a contented purr, Princes settled back down in front of the portal. She was the guardian of the realm of infinite possibilities, and she took her job very seriously. But she also knew that sometimes, the best way to guard something was not to keep people out, but to show them they already had what they were looking for.

And so, life and death, possibilities and realities, all danced in the balance under the watchful eyes of Princes, the Cymric. And if you ever find yourself at the edge of the realm of infinite possibilities, remember to respect the guardian. She may be a cat, but she’s also the keeper of life’s greatest mysteries.

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