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Sunshine encourages some to nap (401 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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(33 of 341) Lesson Learned Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Dan Hollday vacationed often in Costa Rica. He fancied himself a mature traveler, rarely able to make a mistake. He long ago discovered it best to
Puddle In Pothole (588 views)
by Bryan Costales
(34 of 341) Ace reporter, Jerry Watchly, was hit by the death ray and reduced to a puddle in asphalt. "Hey," objected Billy. "That's not fair. How can I finish the story when your turn does that?" "Lack of
by Bryan Costales
(35 of 341) Leo Buckenwalker Jr. walked his dog peacefully down Bluxome Street when the sirens blared. Behind him, fire trucks roared from open doorways and sped off the opposite way. "Easy," Leo said to his
Posh Posh (544 views)
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(36 of 341) Wendy and Rick Locke approached the houseboat at the end of the narrow dock with trepidation. They didn't know what to expect. Whenever they bought an item off craigslist, the trip to pick it up was
by Bryan Costales
(37 of 341) Rubble Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Rita and Bob Samuelson leaned on the low fence and looked at the rubble. Bob spoke first. Rita expected Bob to always speak first. She was never tempted to
by Bryan Costales
(38 of 341) Lesson Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Tom Tillywalker lifted his sunglasses with one hand and peered at the GPS held in his other hand. "It looks like we need to walk downhill first, then uphill
Fire Plug Rain (425 views)
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(39 of 341) Wayne the seagull passed away as a hero. Because of his heroic status, he was bumped up one notch when reincarnated. Wayne was reborn as a brand new, shiny fire plug. At first, he could only think
by Bryan Costales
(40 of 341) Six Holes Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Brothers Sam and Larry Stackworthy stood next to each other at the long metal urinal and peed into it. "Odd window," Sam said. "Six holes like a pool
by Bryan Costales
(41 of 341) "Who'd you bet on?" John jumped at the voice so close to his ear. He turned and found an elderly woman in a bright green outfit sitting next to him. People, he noted, seemed to come and go from the
by Bryan Costales
(42 of 341) Hoodwinked Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Bud White worked as a guard in the new FlexCo Building. On his way to work he stopped at the model airplane store in the strip mall near Signal Road. The
Chipped Fairy (411 views)
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(43 of 341) Little Sally Saltnick stood with her mother outside the junk store window. Sally lived in a magical city somewhere in the west. "Look," Sally said to her mother. "A fairy, a fairy. Can I have
by Bryan Costales
(44 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Doug Goshkin heard a boom from the back of the railroad museum. Because he was a kid, he looked around to see if his folks had heard the boom. But they
by Bryan Costales
(45 of 341) Only a few knew the myth, and those few considered it a fact. One such believer was Henry Winkle, a book seller in Karlsruhe, Germany. The long awaited phone call came at three in the
Last call (532 views)
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(46 of 341) Shanghaied Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The last word Bob Devlin heard were, "Last call." Then he was blinded by a bright flash. The next words came through a pounding headache. Gruff words,
by Terry Costales
(47 of 341) On Water Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Hank and Steve were the brothers Timberlane from Seattle. This was their first nature cruise ever and they were already one sheet to the wind. Needless to
by Bryan Costales
(48 of 341) It was overcast and chilly that morning, as he waited. Dixon Millweather was a photographer who sometimes doubled as the right arm for a private detective. Today he was supposed to pretend to take
by Bryan Costales
(49 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek met Firstboy under the shade of porticos that had been constructed on the lake's shore. They provided an area of meditation, nearest the first
by Terry Costales
(50 of 341) Mightier Then The Pen Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Sally Yee had always been taught by her father, Sam Yee, that, sure, the pen is mightier than the sword, but silence is even mightier than the
by Bryan Costales
(51 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek walked into the cool, shaded room to see how Pebble was doing. The old dog was six hundred years old, and near the end of his life. He had been
by Bryan Costales
(52 of 341) "Mom," young Rose Tinneblu said to her mother. "What does it mean he is the last guard? Why doesn't it say this is a replica of the last guard?" Donna Tinneblu leaned over the label and read it.
by Bryan Costales
(53 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek Fire walked the long corridor for what felt like days. Whenever he became hungry, he just thought about the fish meal he had eaten and, like
by Bryan Costales
(54 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek Fire came upon a room that, at last, appeared restful. A chair and small table sat against a wall under windows covered with horizonal sticks.
by Terry Costales
(55 of 341) Plumage Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Benny D'Brokmill was skunk with perfume. He preyed on women using tricks he had learned from his father. "Son," his father once said. "Pay attention to the
by Bryan Costales
(56 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story The projection led Creek and his large dog Pebble through the barren landscape. The light was dim causing Creek to watch the ground and walk carefully
by Bryan Costales
(57 of 341) Sure, Dad was a slow driver, after all he was very old and just getting older. Gina in the back seat was late to her soccer game. She knew she shouldn't talk to her Dad when he drove, so she asked
by Bryan Costales
(58 of 341) The Flu Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Wendy Mendoza had a bad hangover and it was four in the afternoon. The night before was fuzzy, but she remembered a white beach and a new moon. Now she
by Bryan Costales
(59 of 341) Doug McCatche paused astride his motorcycle and thought. He wondered when the parade might start moving again. The morning was warm, and the afternoon threatened to become actually hot. He tried to
by Terry Costales
(60 of 341) What it smelled Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "What do you suppose it smells?" Deb Maximillian asked really-old mother. "Money, or a bad day at the races." Deb's mother, Fran, was in her high
A reflecting pool (521 views)
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(61 of 341) The reflection was perfect. Jerry Five had been born and raised on the moon and had never seen such a broad expanse of water before. He knelt down and looked across the reflecting pool with
by Bryan Costales
(62 of 341) Kelp Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Little Tommy Dangreto was always the preferred target of his two older brothers. Mel, the second oldest, was just plain mean. Andy, the oldest, drew the line
by Bryan Costales
(63 of 341) Wendy Wells believed she could perform magic. When someone near her expressed a wish, she would wave a wand, or a finger, or a pencil, or whatever was handy, and would grant the wish. Once she
Sub-Sub-Basement (405 views)
by Bryan Costales
(64 of 341) When the elevator opened in the sub-sub-basement, Bob Temple stepped off and found himself in a long, dim corridor. He heard the elevator close behind him and said, "Strange. I didn't know this
by Bryan Costales
(65 of 341) Muscles Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales After school, Juan Batists lead his most recent girlfriend, Mora Dimoster, to a wall covered in posters. "How about this band?" Juan asked. He pointed to a
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(66 of 341) Cool David Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales David Gapps didn't see or hear the truck overturn. It was too far up the hill and around a bend. And besides, the day was too hot and too humid. David
Music In His Head (311 views)
by Bryan Costales
(67 of 341) Dahl Robertson sat on an abutment and awaited his train's arrival. He thought of Janis Joplin and the music she sang. Too bad she died young. Imagine, he thought. Being blind-sided by death like
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(68 of 341) The Smell Of Coffee Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The written directions were hen scratches again, almost impossible to read. "Damn Neanderthals and their seniority," the ghost of Jack Fenn
by Bryan Costales
(69 of 341) "Yo, that's some green hair. Whatcha gonna do? Smoke it?" Danny Dixon was always such an ass. He stood almost seven feet tall when he didn't slouch. He played on the basketball team, and was
by Bryan Costales
(70 of 341) Stella Tsaf noticed she was talking awfully fast, so she stopped. She listened to her friends chatting around her and they sounded normal. Stella spoke again and felt like she was rattling out words
by Bryan Costales
(71 of 341) On The Moon Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Evan and Bonn, twin boys, celebrated their seventh birthday by rolling out the family album and dancing on it. PrunePit's new song was great fun and had
by Bryan Costales
(72 of 341) Donna Woke Up Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Purely on a whim she peeled her first orange and ate it in pieces. Before that, she'd sliced an orange with a knife, a technique taught her by her
Stout Steel (424 views)
by Bryan Costales
(73 of 341) Steve and Stuart Eisen were into the stoutness of steel. The brothers were on a bicycle tour (riding aluminum bikes, go fig) around the great state of California. They intended to visit all things
by Denver Welte
(74 of 341) Inverted Planet Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The new planet was full of surprises. Dave Hogan marveled at the soft lip of the horse-like creature, when the creature opened its mouth and bit off
by Bryan Costales
(75 of 341) Fred Mc-something Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Daphne Wallenbrook despised parties, yet found herself always invited. She couldn't stand idle small talk, chit-chat, or opinions about
by Bryan Costales
(76 of 341) Liam Whistled Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The rain. The night. The warmth in Costa Rica was magic. If he could dance, he would have danced in the rain. If he could sing, he would have sung his
Solace given (388 views)
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(77 of 341) Linda McDermott could comfort others. She had this ability for so long as she could remember. A Star Trek fan, she thought of herself as an empath. She could sense the suffering of others, and by
by Bryan Costales
(78 of 341) Tracy Coatalils traveled the country in her Airstream mobile home. She went from town to town looking for Segway tours. They were always a bit pricy, but that was okay because she had invested
by Bryan Costales
(79 of 341) Envy Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Mo Sousa watched his older brother Dan ride a motorcycle out their drive. Mo had a look of envy on his face. His brother rode a new motorcycle. Mo bumped the
by Terry Costales
(80 of 341) The Horse Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Brenda E. Quine remained after the other art students had left. She'd sketched the pretty horse several times but couldn't get her concept down on paper.
Trapped In A Photo (394 views)
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(81 of 341) Who would have ever thought that those primitive natives would prove right. Not Granny, of course, raised by a preacher father during the great depression. But there she was, her ghost trapped in