The raft rocked a bit as the water continued to expand. She was afraid of falling so she sat down quickly. She remembered her nettle briar sting and looked to discover that the blisters were gone as well as, the accompanying itch.
Looking around, she noticed that the air seemed shimmery, the sun brighter and the water had turned from a dark greenish brown color to crystal clear. She leaned toward the edge of the raft and looked into the water. Hundreds of brightly colored fish swirled in intricate dance, fish that she was unable to identify.
Though initially alarmed, the pleasant changes she was experiencing eased her fears. She believed she was dreaming, that there was no danger and sat back on her hands to enjoy the ride.
The raft drifted on the water's currents, slowly turning without rudder. Without moving her body she received a panoramic view of this strange, new dream world.
Suddenly, ahead she saw a small island in the middle of the now expanded, huge river. She thought she saw something and squinting her eyes against the glare of the sun she realized that it was a person.
Standing with hands on hips, this person, she couldn't tell whether it was male or female, watched her raft approach.