Little Universe

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

In the distant future, the citizens of Earth 2 are scattered across the Tiny Galaxy where-in each human can occupy a planet of his or her own. In a galaxy of self indulgence, can something as unheard of as love grow amongst the selfishness, laziness and pear trees?

During the course of most of our lives, many of us have made the wish that given the snap of our fingers we could possess anything our heart desired. This is generally coupled with a second wish, that we could possess our own space in which to enjoy the pleasures that made up our hearts desire. If you are an exception from this case then you make up the vast minority of the individualistic population that made up Earth 2, and did not vote for the Genie government that decided that all would be moved to the Tiny galaxy, in which every man woman and child may possess a planet of his or her own to live out the rest of their lives in happiness. However assuming that you are a breathing consciousness then your vote for the wisdom government failed. However if you are not a breathing consciousness than you may simply be a thought of doubt that circled the head of Apnes who lived on the tiny planet of Ummm, and was living out his twenty first year in luxury and loneliness.

In his fifth year Apnes had selected a forestry planet in the Eastern sector of Tiny, enjoying gardening and a general love for things that grow. It is customary for children to select their planet of choice at this age, then to be placed there and live out the remainder of their lives in happiness.

Apnes had been alone for so long, he wasn't unfriendly with loneliness, and therefore never saw it as a real problem. When surrounded by trees and general vegetation, who can really be alone.

Apnes had never taken part in formal education, choosing a planet that was outside the range of the televised education network, so because of this he never knew exactly how big his planet was. However he knew that if he walked around his planet twice, a drop of sweat would reach his eyebrow. So to describe the diameter of the planet exactly, the circumference of the planet was about half a sweat drop.

Anything Apnes’ heart desired he would receive inside of a bubble spurted outside the top of the obesity tree. He simply had to think about whatever his heart desired at that moment, and out of the obesity tree, contained within a bubble would emerge whatever object he had desired.

This was how the Genie government was run, and it was a time of great contentment and the citizens of New Earth now spread across the Tiny Galaxy, living out their lives pleasantly and without trouble. ?????

Apnes sat on the edge of his treehouse roof and stared off into space. Doubt circled his head as it had done for many nights previously, he wondered what was out there, who lived on the shining planets that surrounded his, and what fertilizer they used to stop the character development tree’s from dying. There were three trees that wouldn’t grow in his beautiful, planetary garden. Character development trees, pear trees, and luxury omnipresent virlurularoostular eppifor trees. Every fertaliser imaginable was attainable from the obesity tree, but nothing that would make these trees grow. The obesity trees could make whatever the heart desired, however though he desired for the trees to grow, he couldn’t pinpoint the correct fertaliser and desire its existence.

Gardening and walking filled Apnes’ time, followed by nights spent sitting on the roof of his treehouse home, looking out into the stars and wondering.

This particular night he was looking out to the star nearest to his, a bright pink star that shone brighter than the blue, green and yellow ones surrounding it. He very much wanted to see what was on that star, but no matter how much he wondered, he couldn’t will his eyes to see further.

The following days played out as his days normally did, dull and full of the routine of one that can grow boredom and malcontent trees so high its difficult to obtain the fruit from the very top, but is unable to grow even one pear tree. Days crawled into weeks, and then months, and by the time he was most of the way through his twenty second year he had grown so use to eating from the trees that he had grown, the obesity tree was beginning to wilt, because it had been so long since it had blown a single bubble, and refreshed itself.

Then one day something finally happened.

The S.S Chance, while making its routine voyage among the stars checking on the planets and making sure routine was being kept and nothing was wrong, it was hit by a rouge meteorite and sent hurtling into the pink planet near that of Apnes. Apnes woke with a start to the noise of screaming of bending metal as the ship ground into the side of the planet, then sent hurtling into deep space, never to be seen from again. Apnes heart beat wildly as he stared at the planet thinking desperate thoughts that for the first time didn’t include himself, but for the wellbeing of whoever occupied the planet so near to his own.

At that moment the obesity plant began to blow, and soon a bubble containing a bazar object fell to Apnes’ feet. It was a tube of some kind, it felt hard and contained an equally hard object that could be stared through like water. Apnes stared through it, and through it everything seemed much smaller and further away. He decided this might be useful for gardening, but not in the slightest for helping whoever lived on the planet that had been hit. It was only by chance that he looked through the other side while lifting it to throw it to another part of the planet.

Through the other side things were much, much bigger than seen with the natural eye, and using this item’s second and newly discovered ability, Agnes peered through the devise at the pink planet to see what information he could ascertain.

The planet seemed to be covered in a kind of pink grass, trees dotted the landscape but not nearly as many as the trees that covered his. However though the trees were not as many, they were many different colours and were suddenly in Apnes opinion far more interesting than the many plain coloured trees that filled his own planet. Apnes wished desperately he could see the trees closer to see what they were, he had heard about the existence of beauty trees, virtue trees, and even that of hope trees from the driver of the S.S Destiny that had visited his planet years ago while on a delivery of fate to another planet in the Eastern Sector.

The taking of ones breath is often used as an expression to detail the action of inhaling breath because something is breath-taking to the owner of the breath. It is not really thievery of anything physical and therefore not punishable under the laws of the Genie government, but is often thievery none the less. Thievery of thought, of desire and consequently time as you spend hours doing nothing more than thinking about the object of desire that took your breath to begin with.

After viewing the trees and the grass Agnes gaze turned to see a female of a species similar to his own, and in an instant she stole his breath from right under his nose. Along with his breath she, in one swoop stole hours of his future thought, and his happiness as nights were spent sleepless and with a heavy heart filled with pain, as he was inexorably alone and an expanse of space away from her. The fact that she was Elf kind did not deter him in the slightest, and even may have added to her immense beauty.

Agnes stared at her with disbelief. How could something so beautiful exist, and in one more act of thievery, the girl stole his obesity plant as it curled up and died the second the thought of her entered his mind. The obesity plant was genetically designed for one purpose, to serve the needs and desires of a person, helping them live in happiness and luxury. Agnes heart was now filled beyond repair with a desire to make her happier than she could ever be, to be the only thing she would ever need, or ever desire. His heart so filled with the extremely rare and potent desire, that it was the poison that killed the poor plant, making it the first obesity plant in three hundred years to die.

All these things happened in mere seconds, and in that time Apnes’ life was changed permanently. Over the coming days she would become the object of his speculation through the ‘looking water’ as the hard device being used by Apnes to stare at her through had become known. Her beauty was beyond compare, her dark hair fell like a waterfall down her cheeks, past her shoulders and down her form. Her hair was littered with flowers of every kind, which reflected the beauty of her dress made entirely out of flowers and happiness which she had sewn only months before his discovering her. Her figure was better than that of the winding river that flowed in the line that separated the halves of his forest planet. However it was her smile that captured Apnes heart making her a thief of yet another of his metaphorical possessions. Every time he caught her smile through the looking water he added it to the string he was using to create a necklace to go with her beautiful dress, and adorn her fair skinned neck.

In the coming weeks Apnes had created a necklace, bracelet, brooch and ring for her and was no closer to being able to meet her and dazzle her with his gifts. He had eaten less and less as time went by and his garden was falling into serious disrepair. The selfishness plants had almost died entirely and the boredom trees hung lifelessly and bore no fruit. His once green planet was becoming increasingly grey and black, but he gave the garden no thought and spared it not a glance.

A month went by and another inspection was due, and just like clockwork the S.S Devastation sailed closer and closer to Apnes’ planet, planning to land on it to ascertain the reason for its severe disrepair. When the ship arrived Apnes would not spare the planet a mention in his conversation with the driver, only interested in the girl on the pink planet. But he wished he had not enquired about her as soon as he had made the inquisition, for it was then he was to learn that though she was a picture of immeasurable beauty, her being Elf kind made it illegal under the Genie Government to think of her romantically.

The news broke his heart in half. One half loved her more than anything he’d ever known, and the other knew that to break the law meant death, and the Genie governments eyes knew no boundaries. Not that it would take the Genie government to inhibit their love, for she would not want it herself. What Elvish beauty could ever desire an average human male? He thought this thought as he placed his created jewelry on the soil ground, and allowed the ground to take the jewelry, absorbing the jewelry as rapidly as it absorbed the tears falling from his face. His sadness caused the atmosphere of the planet to dampen, and the trees hung a little lower, and the planet fell a little on its axis as if in response to its masters despair.

Days passed and Apnes lost all consciousness and drifted into a deep sleep achieved only by those neither wanting to be dead nor alive. In response he was recovered from his dead planet by the S.S Inevitability by the Genie personally, who was down on public favor on this particular day and decided it was in his best interest to seem involved in the welfare of his citizens. Workers residing on the S.S Inevitability wheeled Apnes onto the ship and pulled away from the planet carefully, not wishing to upset Apnes’ delicate mental state. Though this may have been in vain, because even though the ship didn't shudder once as it took off from the planet, it did have to fly faster than usual as the ship only had seconds to escape the blast radius as the explosives left on the planet detonated leaving nothing but dust in the space that was previously occupied by a black, lifeless, forgotten planet.

Hours passed before Apnes was able to open his eyes, and when he finally did he immediately wished he hadn't. Instantly he could feel the distance that had grown between his Elvish love and himself, a feeling that can only be compared to the way a planet feels as it is losing orbit from and falling away from a star. As the distance grows between them and the ice forms on its increasingly freezing landscapes, its core sinks and its lava stops flowing. Such is the heart that is distanced from its reason for beating.

Apnes stared at the white ceiling and contemplated the possibility of drifting into a sleep so deep, that one is unable to wake from it, and feeling becomes irrelevant. However as his mind wandered, he train of thought was derailed as the Genie approached and greeted him loudly and obnoxiously.

The Genie sat on the end of his bed and talked, most of his chatter didn’t mean anything to Apnes so he allowed the words to pass over his head without thought or consideration. However it was the mention of rebuilding his planet that caught Apnes’ train of thought and held it inexorably for ransom.

The Genie discussed many possibilities for planetary rebuilding, however it was when he made another proposition that caused Apnes to shoot up from his slouched position and pay keener attention than he had ever payed to that date.

When the planet of his love was run into by the S.S Chance, her obesity plant was destroyed and she has been living entirely on regular shipments from other ships. An obesity tree needed to be planted on her planet as soon as possible, however such a plant cannot be planted without first having been born out of a donated soul. This soul would inhabit the plant, and live through it providing whatever the owner of the planet anything their heart desired. The Genie explained the the physical implications that would accompany the conversion of a soul into an obesity tree. Such an act would require love to the extent where the lover would have to sacrifice all except the ability to give limitlessly to the object of the plants affection.

Aoelle lived happily on her pink planet, content to water her trees and design and create dresses. Her days were spent happily sewing and creating wearable masterpieces, then walking around her trees and watching the fabrics flow in the never-ending breeze. Lately however the thread had been running low, as the ships bearing provisions only carried food and other essentials. The new obesity tree couldn’t have come a moment too soon, and as soon as it was planted it provided a new supply of the greatest thread she’d ever seen. Everyday it served her, she stroked its long leaves, and everyday she could swear she felt it shiver under her delicate touch. It seemed so happy, even loving. She could never feel lonely while around her obesity tree, but around trees, who can really be alone.

Submitted: July 23, 2011

© Copyright 2022 Jordan Fraser. All rights reserved.

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For something set in the future it is increasingly realistic. An interesting piece. :)

Sat, July 23rd, 2011 1:55pm


Thankyou for your positive feedback

Sun, July 24th, 2011 5:25am

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