SPF: The Bead Game

Photo Copyright: A Mixed Bag 2015 by Alistair Forbes

He brought out a dish with beads on it.  “Look closely,” he said.  I peered closely at the dish, and discovered that each one of the beads was actually alive — a tiny swirling, moving, almost iridescent mass, but each one different.  The dish was awash with various colors, hues, and patterns.

See this one?  He pointed to the one at the very center.  It was a brilliant blue.  This one is Earth —  the exact center of the universe.

It took me eons to create these, and here they live.  Oh, shadows of themselves live out in the galaxy, of course.  That’s the Earth that you know.  But this is where the very core of the planet exists.

There are three planets here which have life;  but Earth is the one that I’ve put the most time into.  It’s a losing battle because the population has exploded.  If you look closely you can see where the atmosphere is beginning to crumble.  Soon the atmosphere will implode and Earth will be unable to support itself.

When that happens, I’ll swap it with another one of the habitable planets and grow it just as I did Earth.

It’s all just a game I play.

— 206 words —


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SPF: The Bead Game

22 thoughts on “SPF: The Bead Game

  1. mj6969 says:

    Great story – really like the train of though XD

    Sounds like we were thinking along the same lines – LOL – so cheers to you!
    And your story – it’s well written – loved the perspective as it was told.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dhammic Writer says:

    Cool story. It reminds me of the end of the first Men In Black movie where our entire universe is just a marble in a game of marbles being played by these enormous aliens.

    Liked by 1 person

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