The Girl Who Fell Up from the Earth

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer

The ancient evil that lives and breathes and seethes beneath my grandmother’s house has nothing to do with Hell. This rotting husk is not the place that villains go when they die. It is not some construct tasked with offering context and balance to those who need to have a notion of evil so as they know just how it is to be good.

It is a craft. A ship of enormous dimensions and it is a prison and it is failing.

You see these creatures thrive on the exact flavour of toxicity that our planet now finds itself bound. How gleeful as they pulled images of our slow demise down through the dirt and they watched and they plotted and they waited.

Such jealousy as they wish to walk upon the surface as we, but cannot. They pray for the day to arrive when they can wade out into the acid lake. To drink our rank filth down into their pores until it courses through every last ounce of their being.

And so for now they can but dream of a time, now many millennia ago. When their refugee barge spiralled like a great sycamore pod through the endless folds of the cosmos sea. When they crashed down into a world still in the bawling throws of its birth.

At first they thrived in their newly found acid realm. But, then, came the filtering trees and the animals and the greenery and, then… and, then, there came us. They retreated back into their craft and they watched with hungry eyes the march of time as the sediment and waste and the filth layered and layered and it layered.

At the end of one of my grandmother’s many winding garden paths, there is a rock that juts up from the earth. Only it’s not a rock. It is the very tip of a wing. That of a craft of enormous dimensions. As a child, I’d lay my hand upon it and feel its crackle warmth even on the coldest of days and Grandmother would tell me this tale.

How my own mother had been digging in the garden one day and that it was she who discovered the craft. That a tiny door had opened in it and she crawled through and was never seen again.

The monsters used her to create me. They created me so that I would speak to the world. I had to be female and when my time came to make known my voice I had to be young. I had to be sixteen. Surely, nobody would listen and the world would rail against me and belligerently stick to its course.

The monsters knew that the earth was at a tipping point. All it needed was for arrogance and greed to continue its trudge and the end would be nigh and they could slither on up to feed.

It’s just fiction, I know. Just a funny little tale that grandmothers tell. Not a fleck of truth in it at all.

But today, as I stand before the leaders of the world and some mock me and call out my differences, I smile.

I smile because I can feel that so many others can smell the stink of their uranium breath. I see change jostling just at the ends of my fingers. I smile because for now the monsters will remain down in the shell of their crumbling hell.

For now…

… They will, at least, for now.

10 Comments

  1. SimonJM

    Apart from the spaceship, where’s the fiction …? 😉
    Another quick pass of the editing pencil would have been good,

    • Hari Navarro

      Thank you Simon, at least I think I do… I’m never quite sure where your comments are coming from. And although I am grammatically hobbled at the best of times I am at the moment quite unable to clearly even see the pencil in my hand. Eye surgery looms 🙁

      During my time here at 365 tomorrows I tried to focus on the great achievement it was for writers to even put pen to page in the first place and have themselves published here at all. Minor grammatical errors were for future editors to point out and work on. Much like your work as an artist I would imagine… the work is never perfect but it is no less of an achievement to get it out to its audience.

  2. rjerbacher

    Great story. Just the right mix of old world fairy-tale and science legend with a touch of human maniacal cynicism.

    • Hari Navarro

      Thanks RJ… I do enjoy a nice wedge of human maniacal cynicism 🙂 🙂

  3. wasteland66

    Evil aliens who fed off of pollution. So that’s why there is so much political resistance to environmental reform. The lizard illuminati strikes again!!!

  4. Emma Brown

    Nicely done I also love how you use current events to stucture your stories. Very cleverly put.

    • Hari Navarro

      Thanks Emma. I actually thought this one came across a little too contrived and preachy… can’t win them all 🙂

  5. andreavolpe34

    Topical and as wonderfully readable as always. I love how you drag real life into fiction.

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