I looked through the glass, at my crinkled, folded over, flagged, and dog-eared notebook, expecting to see the unintentional thumbprint on the edge of the page in fine detail. Instead, I saw some kind of roller coaster in a dozen shades of blue. Some glowing, some metallic, some watery. Something that looked like a tiny orange dot zoomed around and around the loops and twirls of the coaster.Continue reading
Astra turned her head to the side, opened her eyes, and found herself lying on warm bed of bouncy green grass that smelled a little like cotton candy.
To her left, she heard the gentle gurgling of a stream. She smiled a little, because she knew she was dreaming. But the dream was so vivid that she felt a stone poking her back, and she smelled the fresh watery earthy scent of the dirt. Birds chirped and cheeped nearby, one of them singing a tune she recognized from music class. She lay in the grass basking in the warmth of the sunlight that was striking her at the perfect angle, feet first, until she heard a voice.
Long ago in times that have now passed into myth, much was different in the newborn world. Moths the size of hawks once fluttered through the sky. The rings on the ringed planet cast a glow upon the face of the new moon. The molten core of the world flowed not only with lava but with magic. And human beings wept tears that were sweet not salty.
It came to pass that two were born upon the earth to the same mother, one right after the other. Twins were rare in those days. The brother was born first, only moments before the sister.Continue reading