This is a bit of a follow up thread to my other one which was just about present tense. But now I'd love to hear everyone's opinion on something else that may be a bit hit or miss. Any advice is helpful. So I was considering the idea of first person narrative, where the narrator speaks in present tense about the things that he is doing, but the things outside of him, the things that everyone else is doing is past tense. An example: ----- Overhead, the leaves on a branch rattled. Looking up, I find two big red eyes staring back at me. It's hanging upside down like a bat. This one doesn't look like it has a mouth. "What are you looking for?", said the mouthless one. "Expecting someone?" "It... speaks?", I ask with an inability to keep the look of surprise from entering my face. Its eyes shifted from deep red into a bright green, almost glowing. "Mantis, they call me", he replied with a rather amused tone of voice. Shifting my gaze, I look to the taller one once more. His left arm appears to be tattooed with dark blue stripes. The style of his clothes kind of remind me of something gothic. They're dark and fit tight on his upper body, his left shoulder decorated with a peculiar shoulder pad. Fashionable. With his head tilted down, threateningly looking up at me and bearing a crooked grin, he too gives his introduction but through a hissing growl, "Cult." The smaller one, Mantis, leaps from the branch and lands with a thud. In me there's a feeling of awkwardness as his eyes examined me thoroughly. ----- Sort of like that I suppose. Is it messy or does it complement the narrative? Should I toss the present tense all together and just go with past tense, or should I keep this up? It's very difficult for me to decide.