Ok, that's really funny, @Bradley Darewood
. It reminds me a lot of high and middle school literature classes, when we would pore over stories and interpret things, analyse metaphors and hope to find the secret meaning of the author.
Incidentally this was one of the reasons I never considered writing for myself despite my love for reading. I just figured that this much 'double thinking' made stuff too hard. But quite a few stories seemed to be simple, and I honestly felt like the teacher was digging for stuff that wasn't there...
'why are the leaves red and the sky burning bright?' - 'because it was! that's it, author probably didn't mean anything more by it!' - 'but it's our job to see if...'
I think this is my first case of over interpretation of my work, and given you mostly based it off my reputation, I find it extremely flattering.
So, no, indeed, all I describe is first degree. The O can fly, as it's described as a sub specie of Great Worm, and :
"As a vet I specialised in Lóngs and Worms, fascinated as I am by the intricacies of their innards–the organic equivalent of the finest clockwork, allowing flight without wings."
Spoiler for Hiden:
She (though no gender is provided, funny, you're the second one to jump for female) is indeed depressed, and doesn't see any viable escape from the war. Death could be an escape, and she'd probably welcome it. But the discussion with the Ouroboros is sincere, and the O is being curious. It's intrigued by her mindset, her dialogue, and her ability to converse so well through the emphatic touch. It chooses to reveal itself, and again she reacts well, she isn't scared, she is fascinated.
The O was about to leave, to start over, because everything died from the war where they are, and just takes the MC along. It's truly hopeful...
At least as hopeful as I can make it. But again, in the end, if the double reading makes it a dark piece for you, and you like it best like, then by all means, read it that way!