Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wee Alien - Part 16: What a Waste of a Good Ship

©Karen A J Rinehart

Abandon ship! Abandon ship! reverberates throughout the Neleh.

Ygg awakens to the sound of alarms going off and sitting up in his sleeping chamber, hits his head on the upper chamber. "What in blazes is that?" he says aloud. Mumbling he gets up and heads for the shutter. Forgetting all about Queen Terrensya, he runs down the corridor to the deck. Still reeling from hitting his head, he walks on deck to find Eyak yelling at the droid.

"That's not the pink button. I said push the pink button. You pushed the red one and now look what you've done. If you had a brain it would be the size of a tang. Oh, you don't have a brain," shouts Eyak.

"Abandon ship! What do you mean abandon ship?" questions Ygg. "Are we really supposed to abandon ship way out here?

"No, says Eyak. "The droid just pushed the wrong button when he was checking the system for landing on Citsym."

"Are we there already?"

"No. Not far now though, says Eyak.

On planet Ostun, Eedyar, Nerak and Wals arrive at the site of the smoke only to find that it is a Thistle on fire. Walking around it and taking a look at it, Eedyar begins to wonder if maybe this ship could get them to Planet Wee.

"Oh, my," says Wals.

"What?", asks Nerak.

"This is a ship from Lala Land. It is used to carry prisoners from there to Planet Ostun. Most prisoners here are serving tricons for a something that Count Leoj deems unimaginable", states Wals.

"Long winded, " says Eedyar "Isn't he?"

"All prisoners must carry a srats to Planet Ostun while on the journey from Lala Land," states Wals. "Once they arrive, the ship and the srats disintegrates, unless the srats is eaten inbound."

"How awful, says Nerak with a tear in his eye.

"Indeed," says Eedyar. "What a waste of a good ship."

"You are an insensitive lout, " states Wals.

"Thank you," says Eedyar. Speaking of meals and srats. I think you would make a great snack before we find our main meal. What do you think Nerak?"

"Oh, leave him alone, Eedyar," says Nerak. "You have no intention of eating Wals. Don't make him feel bad. The little fellow has feelings."

"Do you think this ship could make it to Planet Wee?" asks Eedyar of Wals.

"It's smoking and you have no idea of the damage inside," says Wals.

"Let's take a look," says Eedyar as he walks closer to the Thistle. Remembering the pain in his hand when he touched the adnerb, he touches the side of the Thistle and is quite happy that it isn't hot. Opening the hatch, he finds that the ship hasn't burned inside at all. "What the heck is going on here?" asks Eedyar. "Come look." Nerak and Wals enter the ship and look around. "It isn't burned," says Nerak.

"So, my furry little snack, will it make it to Planet Wee?" says Eedyar.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Rain, A Biography (Saturday Writing Essential)

©Karen A J Rinehart

During the worst of thunderstorms, as lightening filled the sky, the loudest of thunder clapped and amid tornadoes, she was conceived. Arriving on the Kansas prairie just as the sun was peaking through the clouds, they decided to call her, Rain.

Rain was there, while cattle grazed in fields, but she was unable to hear the distant clattering of an old windmill because she was unable to hear. While ripened wheat fields looked as if they were a field of gold, had nothing on her as far as beauty. She stood tall in these fields of gold with one foot here, one foot there, you thought for sure you heard her giggling as a tumbleweed blew past.

The people of the town came to see her and enjoy her beauty. Some even commented that she was absolutely breath taking and compared her beauty to a prism. While others thought, if you'd seen one, you'd seen them all. Everyone knew that Rains time on earth was short but were sad when she began to fade. Then with the blink of an eye, she was gone.

Rain was born on May 10, 2010 at 3:33 p.m. and left this earth at 3:35 p.m. that same day. Her full name was Rainbow and she was the multi colored bow that stretched across the sky.

Challenge: Write the biography of someone; a friend, a famous person, a historical figure, or a fictional character (yours or anyone else’s).

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wee Alien - Part 15: Something is Burning

©Karen A J Rinehart

Ygg jumps up like something just attacked him. "Did you hear that," Ygg asks Eyak.

"No. What was I supposed to hear?" asks Eyak.

"I heard Queen Terrensya's voice," says Ygg shaking.

"Well, what did she say?" asks Eyak.

Ygg didn't respond. He just got up, looked all around and walked to the shutter. Standing before the open shutter, he looks all around him again and slowly but cautiously steps into the corridor. Eyak sat there shaking his head and wondered to himself if Ygg was losing his mind. Queen Terrensya's voice indeed. She wasn't even on the Neleh.

Making his way slowly to the sleeping deck and entering his chamber, Ygg starts shaking as he pulls the drive from his pocket and presses the button. "I want to be back on Planet Wee," he says aloud. No bright green light appears so he shakes it vigorously and this time thinks to himself. Still nothing. "Blasted things must be broken," complains Ygg.

Eedyar climbs to the top of the rocks and takes a look around. There is absolutely nothing as far as he can see. Looking in all directions, the only thing that catches his eye is some smoke way off in the distance.

"The Trab are at it again, Nerak," shouts Eedyar.

"What?" asks Nerak.

"The Trab are at it again," repeats Eedyar.

"There's something burning in the distance." Wals scurries up the rocks to take a look, with Nerak close behind.

"Wals can't see smoke," says Wals.

"Look to the Irf," says Eedyar.

"I see it. There," says Nerak as he points in the direction of the smoke.

"Wals thinks something is burning," states Wals. Eedyar just shakes his head in disbelief.

"Do you think we should check it out?" asks Nerak.

"Wals thinks it is too far away," complains Wals.

"I don't know, Nerak. Perhaps we should. Maybe there is food there," says Eedyar.

"Let's go. I'm starving," says Nerak.

"Wals doesn't want to go," whines Wals.

"Did we ask you to go?" Eedyar says with a coldness in his voice.

"But, Wals will be lonely if you go without Wals," whines Wals.

"Muzzle that Srats, Nerak and lets start out for that smoke," says Eedyar. Nerak picks Wals up and puts him in his pocket as they set out for the smoke.

"Great," states Wals. "Ignore Wals and bad things are going to happen."

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wee Alien - Part 14: Ygg Tests the Beamer

©Karen A J Rinehart

Ygg sits and looks at the pretty bright green light that is hovering near where Eyak was sitting when the shutter bursts open and in walks Eyak carrying a plate of food. "What is your problem," questions Eyak.

"I was hungry and I just thought of food and pressed the button," replies Ygg.

"If you were thinking of food, why did I find myself in the galley?"

"Well, I was thinking it would be nice if you would get me something to eat," responded Ygg.

"You what?" asked Eyak. Ygg decided that it would be better to show Eyak than to try to explain it to him any longer. Putting his hand in his pocket, Ygg pushed the button while thinking of Eyak getting him something to eat. The bright green light appeared and poof, Eyak was gone again.

Entering with another round of food, Eyak walked over to Ygg and said, "So, you are hungry, you poor starving little wee. Here, have something to eat." Eyak poured the food all over Ygg and told him to stop playing with the device. Ygg sat there pouting.

Looking out the viewer, Eyak realizes they are passing over planet Ostun. Turning towards Ygg, he says, "I really think we should have started with Ostun first. It is closer to Lala Land and it's the obvious place they would be."

"You always want to be right," whines Ygg. "I never get to be right."

"You are wrong most of the time, Ygg," says Eyak.

"That is only because you think I'm always wrong," says Ygg.

"Are you going to whine our entire pirt?" questions Eyak.

"No. At this point in time, I'm going to pout and have something to eat. Want some?" Eyak ignores Ygg and takes one last look at planet Ostun and shakes his head in disbelief.

Queen Terrensya senses that something isn't right. She places Taranis, her oosh, on the naved and leaves for her secret room. Arriving there she inserts her gold ring and the door opens slowly. Entering she notices that the emerald is flashing in the crown and walks over to take a closer look. "Ygg," she says. "Whatever am I going to do with you?" Pressing the pearl below the emerald she says, "You must not use the device for personal gain." The green gem stops flashing and the queen exits the room and returns to Taranis. "Come, Taranis. You must be famished."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wee Alien - Part 13: Lednew meets a Redips

©Karen A J Rinehart

Wanting to work on the ship, Eedyar walks over and touches it to see if it's cooled down after the trab baked it. "Ow," says Eedyar aloud. "The adnerb is still hot. How long before it cools down?" Walking away from the ship and back to the safety of the rocks grumbling, "It will be bicons before it cools down."

Nerak and Wals search for food without much luck, when something catches Nerak's eye. "What was that, Wals?"

"What? Where? I didn't see anything, says Wals.

"Over there by that rock," says Nerak. "It looks like a Srats."

"Can't be," says Wals. "Srats don't live on this planet." It's obvious to Wals that there can't possibly be any other Srats because there doesn't seem to be anything to eat and there certainly isn't any fruit.

"There must be something we can eat somewhere, Wals," says Nerak. Wals just shrugs his shoulders and follows Nerak back to the adnerb. Both are hungry and really dejected because they were unable to find anything.

Arriving at the adnerb, they find Eedyar fast asleep in the rocks. "Wakey, wakey," says Wals as he runs up and down on Eedyar and jumps from a rock right in the middle of his stomach. "What in the ---," says Eedyar almost breathless.

"We are back," says Nerak. "We weren't able to find anything and I became very tired, so we headed back. Any luck with the adnerb?"

"No. Wasn't able to do anything with it. That trab sure baked it good. It's still hot. I wonder what trab tastes like," says Eedyar while listening to his stomach growl.

Lednew is awakened by a unknown noise in the cave. Looking around, he notices a red glow on the walls of the cave with flickers of yellow. "What in tarnation is that?" Noticing movement outside the cave, he gets up to check on it. "You can shut your eyes now. Stupid trab. I've never seen a species so ignorant."

"About time you got here. I wasn't in the mood nor am I in the habit of having to call you. What's with all the trab in the cave?" Boarding the Redips, Lednew complains, "You expect me to ride without gear? If you cause me to fall off, it will be the last of you." The Redips and Lednew head off towards the mountains as Lednew tells the Redips, "Make sure that those Trab don't pull that again next time I sleep in a cave. It's creepy."