Sophia was sitting in the corner as usual, as close to the forest as she could get, watching the animals intently... and the animals seemed to be staring back at the olive-skinned girl with almond shaped dark eyes and unruly brown hair cascading from her head. She occasionally looked up at the sky and stayed like that for a few minutes. Then she went back to staring at the animals. She'd started off new at the school, and quickly gained a reputation as weird. Her only friends here were the surprisingly many animals in the woods. Actually, when she was off sick, the animals disappeared from the forest. The strange thing was that you could find those same animals competing for space in her backyard and at her window, which was usually occupied by birds, except when the owl or the cat managed to get up there.
Yep. A few animals always followed her wherever she went. She'd even managed to smuggle a caterpillar or two into her classrooms over the years. Otherwise the stag might come bursting in, and that always led to consequences. The stag was the reason Sophia had to switch schools so much.
As she turned to stare at the sky again, something caught her eye by the tree, the one people weren't supposed to climb but climbed anyway. (It was noticed a while ago that the park keeper and the gardeners sometimes climbed it without getting fired.)
A... cat? A cat! Cats were Sophia's weakness. She raced over to the tree, causing a few startled Carolina cardinals to come flitting after her. Completely ignoring everyone else, she kneeled down in front of the cat and stared into its eyes. The cat tried to look away, but couldn't. Its eyes were locked on Sophia's, who smiled. The cardinals tried to arrange it so that they were relatively distanced from the cat but still close to Sophia. The teens in the trees and bushes just stared at the strange new intruder.
Finally Sophia stopped staring at the cat and turned to look at the reptile girl, who apparently wasn't enough animal to be able to telecommunicate to.
Yep... telecommunicate. To animals. Is this okay?