|Book 2: Angleworm||Page 76: Notorious||
The background is white.
- Panel 1
Zane and Angstrom are standing in a clearing in the forest, surrounded by snow-covered pine trees. Angstrom is standing with his hands crossed over his chest as he says "What are you feeling *here*, Mr. Zane?" Zane, standing with his hands in his pockets, answers "Cold." Angstrom replies, in large text, "*Focus!*" Zane says "Okay, *very* cold. Ha ha. Sorry." His expression is apologetic. The snow is falling, and between the white sky and the white snow on the clearing, the area feels bright and hazy.
- Panel 2.
Angstrom, his cheeks pink, looks down, his hand curled into a fist. He says "It may be too *light* out, or my presence may be too *comforting*. Fear is a notoriously subjective experience." Zane looks on, a worried expression on his face. His cheeks are pink as well.
- Panel 3.
Zane looks to the side evasively and thinks "It's not scaring me because this *isn't* the place in the woods where it... happened. I've never been here. Or maybe I have? How would I know??"
- Panel 4.
Zane's eyes are blank and terrified and his teeth are gritted as he thinks "How would I know *anything* if Iris hadn't found the other journal? If it wasn't for the clean sweep holiday, would it have *ever* been found? I had no other way to know I repeated myself. I'd have just done it again and again, forever." The trees in the background are tinted with a light brown color, instead of the usual green, and the snow continues to fall in large flakes around Zane's face.
- Panel 5.
Zane looks stricken by a new thought, starting to tremble and sweat with his eyes still terrified and his face anxious. He continues to think "Including going to the woods. With someone who trusted me. Believing that *ultimate terror* was the only way to escape a *living oblivion*. *The terror of watching someone*..." There's a pause, and he thinks, in large text, "*Die*." The trees behind him seem to be colored in a hazy reddish-pink.
- Panel 6.
Angstrom stands underneath a tall, thin tree leaning dangerously over to the left. He calls to Zane, his hands out in a welcoming gesture, and says "I found a space in the shadow of a dying conifer. Accompany me and see if it has the desired effect." Zane, standing several feet away, looks toward Angstrom. He's still shaking and trembling as he answers "*No*. Er, I love dead conifers too much. Not scary. Sorry."
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