The Testament of William Clive
This is the testament of William Clive.
My story dates back to a distant eon. Impossible, you'll think. I assure you that I've been alive for ever, well, at least for so long I've lost count. I don't look a day over 40 though.The year was 2012, and the president of the United States was Caesar Veidt. You've never heard of him, and I don't blame you. I was sent into outer space alone, on what was the longest mission of my time. After a few months I've lost all contacts with Earth for reasons to me unknown, and after I ran out of fuel, my ship was doomed to roam the universe for eternity, I thought there was no hope for me. My ship than floated for so long, the only things that kept me alive were 20 years worth of nourishment, books, and films from my native planet that kept my brain from complete madness. When the food eventually ran out, there was nothing for me to do but jump out of my capsule and let the atmospheric pressure destroy my organs. It was at that moment that I saw another spaceship, not too distant from my own, it was incredibly big, and didn't look like anything I've ever seen before. I've learned it was no mirage as I was picked up by the foreign object. There I was, brought inside a thing from out of this world, occupied by strange-looking creatures, a form of life so different from our own that I would fail to describe. They spoke a language completely new to me, and it was incredibly difficult for me to get an actual response. They gave me these pills that restored my health and made me feel like a whole new person, I almost forgot the years I've spent alone, years that would have driven anyone insane. I managed to give them the coordinates to my old planet, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I finally saw it, so blue and familiar. I was finally going home, I thought. Alas, I was wrong. I've aged only 20 years, but eons have passed on the planet once called Earth, and it wasn't a futuristic view, on the contrary, it was a wasteland. People looked primitive and lived in caves. Probably a natural disaster, or more likely a devastating atomic explosion, had completely wiped out the human race as I left it, and now it had started all over again before my very eyes. The latter hypothesis was supported by the abnormal levels of radioactivity found in many zones of the globe. I was now able to communicate telepathically with the foreign creatures who helped me find the way home, and I managed to convince them to clone my DNA. This way, that primitive form of life was soon replaced by an intelligent race, capable of building a civilization similar to the one I remembered. With some help from the foreign creatures and myself, the human race was finally developing, we gave them the basic information which I took from the old history books I carried on the ship with me. The all -new youth of the planet Earth was still too primitive for me, that's why I've decided to follow my saviors on their trek. During that time I've learned there are thousands of species in the universe, and an infinite number of worlds, each one inhabited by a different kind of intelligent race, some of them even look similar. I've found out many species were created by the same type of creatures, that left their DNA on various planets so that life could evolve under such different atmospheric conditions. After what for me were roughly 6 months, I asked them to drop me back on Earth. It is now the year 2012 all over again, and everything is quite like it was when I left the first time. I am finally home. The reason I'm writing this testament is to raise awareness. Who knows how many times something like this has happened? I'm not so presumptuous to assume that this is the first time the human race has risen from the ashes of an older one. Sadly, I can't promise you it won't happen again, maybe even sooner than we think.