Unawares

      Heather Douglass / Fantasy
Unawares

Speculative/magical realism short fiction - single storyThe Snub Nubbins are a bit different, we can expect that, after all they do come from a planet so far away, an area in space called the Cosmos. Just like humans they have a planet to live on that is no different to our own earth.They found something called Quog, it was magical stuff, they didn't know what it was, but used it for many things. Quog could keep them warm, keep them cool, make things go along and even make Bok Bok's disappear but they didn't know where too. Quog could make Snub Nubbins very sick, if one was not very careful with it.Snub Nubbins knew a lot about their Universe because they had a special hole, they could look into the bright coloured lights, sparkling and popping inside the hole, and if they closed their eyes and concentrated with their head in the hole, they could see the universe and far beyond.Larco the scientist had studied the hole for Palliums, bit like earth years. One Peck, like an earth day, he saw a planet just like his own, he called it Plop Plop. It was blue, and had lots of water, it was round, and looked exciting, just like home. There were living things on the planet, similar to Snub Nubbins, but they were very ugly. Larco could understand their language, and listened to them with great interest. He wrote a report to the Grand Snub Nubbin and was invited to talk to the Grand council of Snubs. There was great concern, and great anticipation, and the race was on to find out more about the planet Plop Plop.
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