You must come and do the thing in the place, they said, the special thing. And while you're doing the special thing you can also do the extra special thing, you must come. So I came.
Come to the rendezvous point, they said, and then travel as close as you can get to the place. You can no longer get all the way to the place because of the thing in the place, that's the whole point of the thing.
When I finally reached the place I just walked in, straight in, which I never believed you could do. The special thing was right there being properly special, and it wasn't even fully special yet, that came later. I watched while conditions changed which were crucial to moving towards the situation whereby the fully special thing could happen, and only then could the extra special thing also happen.
Blimey, I thought, I can't believe I'm really about to do this extra special thing because it really is an extra special thing. And I actually genuinely truly was! I'd been to this place before but only to do the ordinary thing, not the special thing, let alone the extra special thing, and here I was on the threshold of doing the extra special thing. This way, they said.
Only a limited number of people can do the extra special thing and normally that number is zero. Once you're in the extra special place you can see why that number is normally zero, it was never meant to be somewhere the extra special thing could happen. I felt there was a risk that the special thing wouldn't be able to happen if I was doing the extra special thing but they said it was OK. You do the extra special thing, they said, and we'll do the special thing, just keep out of the way. I tried to keep out of the way.
The extra special thing was amazing and it was indeed extra special. Keeping out of the way made things a bit taxing but eventually I found a place within the extra special place where I was less in the way and tried to make it look like I wasn't there. Look at that, I thought, they're actually doing all the special things you do in the extra special place. And they're doing them right in front of me, I'm actually seeing them happen, it's properly amazing, sorry I'll keep out of the way.
Admittedly I spent a lot of the extra special time looking elsewhere but that's because this isn't somewhere you can normally access, not like this. I never thought it'd look quite like that, although when I thought some more about it obviously it would look like that, but I only realised this blindingly obvious fact because I was doing the extra special thing in the extra special place. I basically looked everywhere I could look, and that was extra special too.
Eventually the time came for the extra special thing to end, which was just as well because if the extra special thing had carried on much longer it would never have happened again. What an experience that was, I thought, what a totally extra special thing, I never ever thought I would do that. Indeed not many people ever do that, I didn't think it could ever be an option, but it had been an option and I had done it. Leaving the extra special place was much harder.
And then it was time to do the special thing because the special thing was still there to be done, the extra special thing had just been a bonus. I was careful to thank the people from the extra special place and the people from the special place, even the person overseeing the place and they were all lovely. When you've done an extra special thing in a special place it pays to be courteous. And the special thing proved to be excellent too.
The special thing isn't the same as the ordinary thing, it has restricted entry, extra features and different conditions, very much like seeing the same thing in a different way in a different light. The special thing also took longer than the extra special thing had taken, which is just as well, and I was pleased there was a lot more space. I got the feeling they were still tweaking the special thing but it was still special.
Leaving the special place was hard, not just because the special thing was happening again but because returning from the special place was harder than arriving. Again I blamed the thing itself.
It might also make it harder for you to do the special thing, should you want to do the special thing, which is a special thing you'd probably enjoy. But you cannot do the extra special thing, the extra special thing is almost never an option, which is why I can hardly believe I've done the extra special thing. But I have, and it was truly extra special.