Galaxia

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic
Galaxia finds out she's not from earth, her father has lied to her and she has superpowers. find out what happens.

Submitted: August 11, 2012

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Part 1. What is wrong with me?

 

My earliest childhood memory is of my father building a tiny baby boat for me to sail in. Even though he isn’t a big fan of the forests on Earth, he seems to be quite partial to water. Pappah built a house next to a lake in the middle of nowhere. He tells me I could swim before I could walk. He’s always been a bit of a loner and after work every day he would come straight home and play with me. But I’ve had a happy childhood and wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

School was tough in the beginning. I had no friends but there were plenty of people that loved to pick on me. I guess some of it was my fault because I just didn’t want to understand what all the other girls would talk about. Dolls were just not my thing and don’t even get me started on Lady Gaga. There was a girl in the year above mine who really took a ‘liking’ towards me. She had a loud, bellowing voice that could be heard miles away and as I was the smallest one in school she loved to pick on me. Her favorite name for me was “Slimy” because of the way I would move my body while swimming. I really hated that name! My gym teacher always said to me that it looked like I floated on water and was the best swimmer he had ever seen. “She’ll win Olympic Gold, I promise ya” he’d say to my father every time they met. The bullying got worse over time and she’d often make fun of me in front of the entire school. It didn’t affect me at the start but it was when she started calling my father names that I would start to cry. I hate the way I cry…it’s the most embarrassing sound ever.

 

After a particularly bad day at school one day, Pappah sat me down and asked, “So how was school today?” I didn’t want to trouble him so I told him it was fine. “Then explain why you have bags the size of sacks under your eyes?” I couldn’t hold it any longer and I shouted at him, “IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT! Why did you teach me to swim this way? Everyone calls me Slimy and says I’m a freak. What is wrong with me?????” Pappah took off his glasses and said to me, “Sweetheart, I think it’s time you knew the truth…….”

 

Part 2. Learning the ropes

 

My father explained to me that the way that I swim, and the way that I interact with water was unique to my Ozonian heritage. I always knew we were different but a different planet! I wasn’t prepared for that at all. As time went on, I discovered that I could control the element of water in certain ways, but I didn’t know what to do with it. Pappah had the same powers and he taught me how to start controlling them, but there were still some slip ups!

 

On my first date, my powers came out in full force. His name was Eric and he was a sci fi buff. We were talking about school when he suddenly held my hand and told me that he really liked me. I felt myself blushing for the first time in my life but unfortunately, I also felt my powers getting a bit out of control. Let’s just say that the date ended with a very wet boy thrown into a dumpster about half a mile outside the park!

 

One day, Pappah showed me pictures of my ancestral home Ozon, and I can’t even tell you how beautiful it was.  I was fascinated by how different everything looked on Ozon. Ozon was an ice planet but Pappah insists that it wasn’t cold. But he also had other pictures…pictures of what life was like on Ozon after it had been destroyed by neglect.  I could see how much it pained my father to see his home destroyed and I vowed that day to protect the Earth from the same fate by mastering my powers.

 

A few years passed and I was in college now. Life was better but I felt my father becoming more and more distant. He’d come back home from work, have some dinner and just stare out into the night sky for hours on end. I always knew he wanted to go back to Ozon but decided to stay on Earth for my safety. But now that I was an adult, I could feel him slipping away.

 

I got home from my waitressing job one day to find that Pappah had cooked my favorite food, Pasta Bolognaise. I went upstairs to his room to ask him to join me when I saw a sealed envelope on his bed. I read the first line and burst into tears…

 

Part 3. Disaster strikes

 

It had been a year since Pappah had left Earth and life had not been quite the same without him. I always wondered what he was doing, and whether he was happy back in Ozon…but I tried to make the most of it. I realized that not having my father around, I had to look after myself. And deep down I knew that that meant coming to terms with who I am. High school was over now and I was an adult. Scary, uh? I eventually signed up to my college swimming team and did what I loved most – swimming for hours on end. But something had changed! No one was laughing at me, instead they were in awe of my abilities, and soon I was famous. I even made friends! Real friends, who accepted me for who I am. Had Pappah been around those would have been the happiest times of my life. I felt normal, loved and ready to lead my life.

 

I was wrong…

 

A strange rain came, heavy and constant. It had never rained like this before. For the first week, kids were having fun jumping over water puddles and people stayed in, happily unaware of the catastrophe to come. And then it struck, a never ending flood that engulfed our town. People lost their homes and livelihoods, entire buildings went under…it was so sad. I knew I had to do something and I decided to use my powers as discreetly as possible to help those in need. I worked tirelessly, channelling the water away from the town and it helped.

 

Then one night Mother Nature appeared before my eyes. Pappah had taught me to listen to the sounds of the world around me but it had never made sense to me before. In the past, it was just incoherent chatter, always there, always trying to tell me something and I had learnt to ignore it. This time however, it was different. I could hear her voice clearly and she had a message. She said the world was 3 days away from destruction and something had to be done. The news on the TV seemed to confirm what she said – this strange flood did not just affect our small town but the neighboring towns, states, countries and continents…It was everywhere. How could I stop this by myself?

 

I couldn’t… I can’t. And I need your help.

 

 

Part 4. And this is how it ends

 

I decided to address an emergency session of the United Nations. People around the world needed to know what Mother Nature had said to me and this was the best way to do it. The meeting was at the UN’s Offices in Nairobi, Kenya and when I took the stage, there was total silence.

 

“Ladies and Gentleman and leaders of the free world, I am Galaxia and I have news for you.” The gathered delegation sat there stunned at what I had to tell them. “The time for hollow promises is now over! Unless we act immediately, the human race will be wiped off the face of this planet and we will have no one but ourselves to blame.” They listened and for the first time ever I felt the entire human race united behind a cause!

 

The situation was critical, so we started by reducing the amount of trash we threw in landfills, planted trees wherever possible and cleaned up our oceans.

 

On the 3rd day I was in a town in Indonesia helping with the clean up effort. When the clock struck 11:59, all the townspeople gathered together in a massive circle to say their prayers. Our hearts had stopped beating but the rain hadn’t. We were waiting for the end…

 

We waited

 

And waited

 

But nothing happened. Suddenly, a strong gush of wind blew away the clouds and we all heard Mother Nature’s voice in the distance. She said simply "THANK YOU". We were saved!


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