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"Surreal and poetic reflections on life and imagination... told in 3rd person through the dreams and adventures of two beings, Sa and Atee." 

Tuesday, July 8

Adventures: Number Twenty Two {incomplete}

Sa stood over the edge of a cliff. He looked over at a dreamlike pond. It was surrounded by a perfectly circular beach. In the very center was a tiny hole in the ground, water slwoly drained in, and its motion gave the whole pond a clockwise rotation.

There was plenty of rain in this area, so the pond never dried up.

Towels were spread all around, unbrellas too, for shade. A few stars were out and would sometimes, for a few hours of the day, cause an orange or green glow. It all depended on which stars were visible and their orbitals.

Today, there was only white light. It was very warm and dry, hence everybody was visiting the pond. The pond self-regulated itself, all of the gunk from the beings and the trash they produced was eventually pulled down the drain with the dirty water. The pure rain was replenishing.

There was a high cliff facing the pond, a popular spot to jump off of and do flips into the water.

Sa stood for an unusually long time looking out. There was a short line behind him, which was very anxious. Everyone behind him just talked.

Sa potted a gentle looking creature below and leaped off, looking to swim in her direction. Sa felt like he had made a large commotion with his splash, but no one even looked at him. Sa was free to express himself as loudly as he wanted and it was perfectly normal, everybody was doing it. He was completely at east and in enjoyment. Alone and yet surrounded by friendly beings.

He swam towards his target. She was going back to the beach to her friends under the umbrella.

Sa didn't think the rest of them looked very friendly but he followed her anyway. She was so beautiful, he thought.

A few other swimmers were swimming along the bottom, and Sa accidently tripped over one. He turned around to apologize but they had already left. The whole atmosphere of the pond seemed to keep everyone's blood pressure down.

A huge wave of water pushed Sa underwater. Smaller ripples carried him forwar. A giant creature had just dove into the pong with a few of its friends. Sa was learning everyone here just expected those things.

Sa wiped his eyes and looked around for where she had went. The wave had him disoriented.

A great comet zapped across the sky. A moment later, an ominous flash took captured everyone's attention. A colossal roar exploded from opposite the cliff, miles way from the pond. A gigantic cloud of dust and rock lifted into the sky.

The beachers and swimmers and divers and friends were only quiet for a moment, before engaging in their own enjoyment and pleasure again.

Sa saw a few small groups leave the beach to wander to another small cliff near the impact to get a good view of it.

Sa left the pond as soon as he could once he saw that she was among them.

The sand on the beach was so hot under his toes. He looked up to the sky and one of the stars shone right into his eyes. It was still warm and bright, the comet didn't change that.

He tried stepping on as many towels as possible while navigating off of the beach, to avoid burning his flesh off. He saw a pair of sandals and considered putting them on, until he thought how he wouldn't remember to return them.

He could hear another splash behind him, a few droplets even made it far enough to land on Sa's shoulder. He looked back to see it was the same mammoth and friends from before.

Sa's target and friends were up ahead but as long as they were in sight, he was satisfied. He was off the beach now and the dirt was much cooler, very soft and tender.

Sa noticed some people behind him were leaving the beach too, headed to the lookout point. He felt better knowing he wasn't the last one.

Appearently, her friends were very anxious to see the crater because they began running. Sa too had to run just to keep them in sight. He was much faster than them and used this as an oppurtunity to get closer.

He heard them speak but, it was in another language. He kept close anyways.

The stars were lowering and it wasn't quite so bright. It was still warm, there was a slight breeze now.

Way off in the distance, near the horizon, he saw another comet dart from the sky. It was very faint, yet still excited him.

The group he was following began climbing a different cliff. A cliff which only overlooked the pond, not the crater. He decided not the follow them.

As he continued walking towards the crater, a great, strange silence captivated him. It was as if, everyone at the pond quit splashing and began whispering. The breeze had even stopped.

Sa turned around and saw everyone looking at the sky. Several flaming rocks were accelerating towards the area. Despite the great distance, they still approached quickly. Sa looked for just a few moments before thinking why everyone wasn't panicking.

The stars had lowers even more, night was very near. The temperature had dropped and Sa began running. Not towards the pond but to behind the high cliff.

There was a road there and Sa would just take it back home, unless he saw another bus, like the one that brought him here.

The road seemed so much longer than before. The comets in the sky were already so much bigger. And what he really wanted to do is become completely seperate from all of this and just watch it from a safe distance. But, he was a part of it, he didn't want to play. This was a game much too dangerous, he didn't expect his life to be this thrilling. He enjoyed having control or, at least, understanding how it would be controlled. But, this was simply bafflinf and it left Sa with no power.

He thought of the safest place to be, a deep cavern. Sa had no idea where to find a deep cavern.

One of the ponds ramous rains began. Heavy dark clouds, from seemingly nowhere, blocked anyone from seeing the comets. This really frightened Sa, who would gauge his lifespan and everything he wanted to accomplish in his life, but the proximity of those.

Nevertheless, Sa continued to walk down this road. The pond was so far back by now, but the rain still touched him.

Sa thought back to her. He decided that they probably weren't looking at the pond, but at some other crater on the other side of it. Craters were probably everywhere.

He considered that the pond itself could have been formed by an asteroid impact. It wouldn't explain the center drain, but then again, nothing else could either.

This was his first time at the pond, his first time anywhere near this region. he was busy with his own thoughts that he barely heard the rumbling of a vehicle. He got out of the road just in case the driver wasn't planning on stopping for people in the street today.

It was another bus, or the same one, they all alike. It slowed down, even though Sa wasn't at a bus stop. Sa was tremendously relieved when the driver opened up the door and he could climb in.

It was very chilly, the seats were stiff and cold. The bas was very spacy, practically every seat was open. He sat down next to a window. He loved watching everything go by. He loved the motion of the bus itself moving too.

He was scared when he realized it was traveling the same way he had just walked from. He tried reasoning with the driver, but he was unconvincing. He understood, he shouldn't expect anyone to believe comets are actually bombarding the planet. The driver told him he could get out right now if Sa wanted too, but it was his job to pick up the vacationers from the pond.

For some reason, Sa felt safer in the bus. Even though he could still be annihilated by a terrestial boulder.

He wondered where these other people on the bus came from and if they believed him about the coment. He thought they would have spoken up if they would have been seriously concerned.

Sa did notice one good thing, the bus seemed to be moving much faster. Maybe the driver heeded the warming, if only a tiny bit.

The rain was gaining power every second. Huge pools of water were being displaced by the bus as it splashed along the road.

Sa started to have trouble seeing out the window. And for those few instances when water wasn't smeared against the glass, the fog it was creating was too thick to see through.

The noise of the water blasting off the roof of the bus woke up a few beings, from their dreams.

Now Sa was wishing that the driver would slow down. This new turn of weather had really made Sa lose track and time and space. He had no idea how long it was back to the pond, and he doesn't even remember how long he was out until the bas had came. He started to doubt the bus driver's competence.

An idiot in the row beside Sa had opened a window, water began to flood his seat, before the driver commanded him to close it.

The idiot hesitantly closed it as if he wasn't sure if it was he who was being ordered, or some other idiot opening windows.

Sa thought about the beings on the beach and hoped they were okay. They might not even be able to see one another if they weren't directly beside them.

Suddenly, the bus driver stopped. Sa figured they were at the pond, but he admitted to himself that he couldn't see anything outside by greyness.

The driver opened the door and many people desperately hurried. All of them were drenched, but a few were drenched and had umbrellas from the beach.

More and more came in. Sa didn't think there would be room in the bus for all of them.

When all of the seats were taken, they started pushing in closer to one another. A few strangers, one with an umbrella, sat next to Sa. They dripped water all over. Sa scooted closer to the window to avoid getting wet as much as possible. He could see the dry person in front of him did the same thing.

Sa was right. Some people had to sit on the floor, others managed four to a seat. There just wasn't enough room. Once nobody was standing up, the driver began driving. Luckily, he turned around, driving away from all the craters and comets.

The rain seemed to ease up a little bit as they drove away. People began talking and the bus seemed a bit livelier.

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