Striations

An minimalistic character vignette featuring snapshots in time. There is an underlying theme but do you see it? I wanted to express the theme with minimal words as possible.

Careening off the cresting wave, my body crashes and tumbles through the tide.  As I struggle to regain vertical orientation, catching glimpses of an eternity of light, sand, and bubbles, I plant my feet appropriately on the ground below.  The waves continue to test my balance and tease my patience for maintaining my stature.  

After those moments of turmoil, I can surely see a beach outlined with boulders and foliage against a backdrop of blue.  And I see nothing else.  I decide to wade my way towards the shore.  Pants and shirt dragging water.  Coral and rocks gnawing feet.  Eyes looming land.  Distance closing.

 

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Green.

mnucck mnucccch mnucck mnucccch.

Brown.

grrnnnnnnnnnnnn

Brown.

grrnnnnnaaaaaannnnnnn

thmmmmp thmmmmp thmmmmp thmmmmp.

Green.

mnucccch mnucck mnucccch mnucck mnucccch mnucck.

 

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Looking down, my watch says 10:43.  Looking forward, all I see is perpetual movement.  I take a moment and breathe deeply….allowing my lungs to capture as much oxygen as possible.  Well, as much oxygen available in this smog and dirt ladled city.  Sometimes the days are so bad that the sky does not seem like it ever could have been blue because of the blankets of gray.

Waiting on the platform for the commuter transport is rarely fun, but observing the sea of bodies and attempting to fathom the depth of their ever changing priorities is a trip in of itself.  Imagining that that one there has a baby due in a day.  Imagining that one here will be promoted in a week.  Imagining this one will temporarily choke on a crouton at dinner and then remember to pay an unpaid bill.  Imagination can be the best thing in the world.  It can also get you killed.

 

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I am going straight.

I am going right.

I am going slightly left.

I am going straight.

I am going slightly right.

I am going severely right.

I am going straight.

I am going slightly backwards.

I am going left.

I am going...

 

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All is quiet.  I decide to push a button and the viewport slides open.  There is mostly blackness.

Gazing out as far I can, I see a cluster of debris floating.  The debris is only visible because of some weird bending of light rays from behind the ship.  The only planet that is visible is on the opposite side of ship, which is where we last docked.  

The planet was not that interesting….it is mostly rock with little water or vegetation.  They had good churro-like snacks.  The planet is primarily used for mining scrap dexronite, which is mainly used for ceramics.  How awesome of us to survive so much strife, innovate to the bleeding edge, and travel so far in this galaxy so that we can have more material to build vases.  Isn’t that swell.

 

Written on 10/10/14.

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