Sunday, September 16, 2018
FROM SPACE 1st Draft for 9/15/18: Everything is Relative, Especially with Your Parents
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"Everything else they gave you was familiar--probably stuff from Earth, right?"
"Make sense. Well, I wonder what your mother wanted with this thing."
"Obviously I don't know--especially if it's some sort of space thing."
"So, you believe me now?"
"Maybe." She stared at me long enough for me to start to feel self-conscious. He smiled at her awkwardly and she shook her head. "Sorry, it's just that, you look like you look human enough. Are you from out there somewhere?"
"Well, every being on Earth is from 'out there somewhere' from the point of view of most of the universe's sovereign beings."
"I know, I know. Everything is rel...a...tive..."
"Everything is relative--my mom used to say that a lot."
"It's true, really. Doubly so in space."
"She always seemed to be so patient. I'd be angry at some kids in school and then she'd tell me that I needed to look at it from their perspective--to better understand why they thought it was OK to pick on me or to mock me."
"Did that help?"
"What about your dad? What was he like?"
"Busy. Always out of town. Leaving my mom and I while he was off doing business."
"Mom never told me. I asked but she just said he did important work for a very big corporation that I'd never heard of."
"Never heard of? What was it called?"
"I don't know--she said I'd never heard of it, so what good would it be to know the name?"
"That seems odd," I said.
"It does, doesn't it?"
"Want to know what else is odd?"
"This space carburetor. What were your parents doing with it?"
"Well, what will YOU do with it?"
"It's a somewhat long story, but I'm going to use it to build a device."
"A device that will do what?"
"Give me my freedom back."
"Your freedom? What the heck does that mean?" She had a good question.
"Honestly, I'm not sure anymore. I started this list quest so long ago, I have trouble remembering, myself--both literally the me, and my memories before I took this on. What I'm worried about is that this component is actually important and useful to you in some way that maybe you are unaware of. I don't want to take it if that's the case."
"That's really nice of you, but I have no idea what that thing is or does."
"Well, your mom left it to you for a reason."
"Or maybe she just put it in that shoebox and forgot about it. It's not like she and dad had prepared for their death."
"I think this item is far too functional to not be of some value to them and to you."
"Well, there is literally nothing else I have of theirs that is even remotely related to that thing. So, I have no idea how I'd even establish that it was important."
"There was a bunch of stuff in that storage shed," I said.
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