POSTED: 14 Jul 2020 01:50
CATEGORY: Short Story
FEATURED: Yes ( banjo2 )
Wet blades of grass sprang up between my toes as I laid in the morning suns, soaking in their light as I prepared for my day. Inhaling deeply, I brought my hands up to my chest. I felt energy rush through me. Maybe today was the day. The first goal was to finish my daily stretches. I watched the org-blobber frogs hop across the patio as I reached forward into empty air, their faint “rib-borg” noises sounding happy and carefree as they made their way past the wading pool. I reached down into my next stretch, arms extended, and started to pick grass out of the ground. An org-blobber stopped right in front of me.
I smiled at the creature and reached my hand out. Hesitantly, the org-blobber crawled up my arm.
“Aren’t you just cuter than a sack of leep-lops?” I said, lifting the org-blobber up to my line of vision. Using one finger, I rubbed the top of its head. “You lose your family?” The org-blobber, which doesn’t speak Universal, didn’t answer. This was no surprise to me. I walked to where the other org-blobbers had gathered and knelt down, letting my little one hop out and join its group. I smiled briefly, happy to witness the reunion. “I lost mine. I’ll find them someday.”
I looked at my residence.
The dilapidated hut that I had lived in for my entire life was falling apart, bit by bit. I did my best to fix it up, but the yellow planks that held the building together continued to fall off every day, and each electric storm that occurred ruined it just a little bit more. Ever since my family disappeared, I have needed to find a new place to live.
It’s a mystery that ever evades me. It was a regular day. One of my parental units had just returned from the store and was inside. The other one was out back on our patio, watching me swim in the wading pool. I went underwater. After seeing how long I could hold my breath, I resurfaced. My parental units were gone. I stayed in the pool for a short amount of time. It wasn’t abnormal for them to leave me in the pool by myself. After I realized nobody was coming back out to check on me, I went inside.
The cooling unit for our vegetation was wide open. I listened closely for my siblings and went to check their living quarters. No one to be found. I tried to communicate with them. Still nobody. After a short walk around our city and the complete lack of sentient beings, I came to one conclusion.