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Sunshine encourages some to nap (449 views)
Photo Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2008
(2008) Lake Merritt, Oakland, California

© 2008 Bryan Costales
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Today's episode continues yesterday's story yesterday link

Creek thought that perhaps one of the larger children was napping in the answer room again. Half heartedly, he accompanied Snowball up the stairs in the main building of their dome.

They entered the room and found Pebble already there. The large dog lay on the floor and studied a man sitting in the chair. The man, Creek saw, was unusually tall and thin. He appeared to be dressed in a soft flowing fabric that glowed subtly inside.

The man noticed Creek and Snowball and stood. As he unfolded, his head almost reached the high ceiling. The man gestured with his hands and images floated in the air in front of him. The man spoke but his words were foreign. Creek studied the images and listened to the man jabber.

Hours seemed to pass. Pebble had fallen asleep. Snowball had left the room. The tall man gestured and more pictures appeared. Creek noticed the man's hands for the first time. He had two opposing thumbs on each hand and six fingers between. Creek remembered number bases he had learned. He realized the man must count in the base sixteen. That one bit of information seemed to unlock Creek's mind. Suddenly all the words and pictures of the last few hours collapsed inside his mind and he could understand the man's language.

"I can understand you," Creek said.

"Excellent." The man dropped his hands to his side. "I am from a race that watches other races on other planets. We seldom interfere, but we saw something special happen here.

"This galaxy has many thousands of planets that could support intelligent life. Of those, only one in four-thousand eighty-six ever develops intelligent life. And of those, only one in one-thousand twenty-four ever survives.

"On this planet, a race arose, prospered, then destroyed itself. But unlike other world's we've seen, this world's first race created an inheritor race. Your race. A new race that could survive harsh environments and survive a destroyed ecosystem, waiting for the world to heal.

"We were impressed by the audacity of that first race. We were equally impressed by the race they created. But we disagree that the inheritor race should die to make room for the original race's return.

"All the member's of your race, the inheritor race, have been moved to a new planet. There they can live and evolve in peace without threat from an inferior creator race.

"I am here to explain this to you because you must remain here."

Creek felt Pebble stand next to him.

"If you were to join others of your kind, you would cause them to become sterile. You would kill your own race. For that one reason, you must remain here, on this planet, with the race that wants you dead."

Firstboy pulled on his sleeve. "Who's that?"

"A stranger," Creek said.

The room filled with a gentle white light and the man vanished.

"What did he say?" Firstboy asked.

Pebble said, "woof."

Firstboy burst into tears and fled the room. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry."

Creek looked at his dog.

Pebble left the room without looking back.

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