A Single Under Cabinet Light

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A single under-cabinet light in the kitchen provided all of the light in this part of the house. It was a small but orderly place - the area around the front door was lower and still slightly damp from when she had come in. It entered directly into a modest carpeted living area, with carpet and couches on the right, and a kind of lounge on the left, separated from the kitchen further back by a counter. A path in the middle lead further towards a narrow hallway, with doors on the left and right, the latter of which was to the room she had used. There was nothing on the walls besides heavy blue curtains which hung almost floor to ceiling. The chair she currently occupied was soft, clearly not new but clean and in good repair.

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She evened it out, pushing it out of the window, bringing the temperature of the house down again. There was something else in another room, the one at the end of the hall.

It was regular - consistent, like a sphere. Soft all the way through. She shuffled further back into the chair and concentrated. It was consistent on the outside, but inside it was something else, some kind of element or maze of elements. It was inaccessible, visible only through faint densities rolling outward from the center, there was some kind of insulation around it. Inside, it was complex, the heat was moving through the elements in strange paths. It was not arbitrary, there was a pattern - or patterns - quick, rapid, then pulsed, then broken up, representations of something else. Inside, the further in she went, the hotter it was, much too hot, it seemed to twist. She tugged at the heat, but it remained stubborn; the boundaries of its pattern made more clear by her attempts to influence it. It held at fixtures, remained constant within tolerances. She tugged again, suppressing one of the strange elements, and the heat reacted, redirected - but the redirection was physical, mechanical, it was a physical readjustment, not mechanical one. She drew back, and the element returned to its prior state.

The heat did not flow down, the floor beneath the source was almost as cool as the rest of the house. She searched deeper, but nothing else revealed itself, until, lit
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