By Alan M. Clarke
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Birds. The stuff of legend. “And everything was dying,” Vibo cried. ” His son rubbed his shoulder as the Great Ruler wept. Finally Vibo sighed, and sniffed, and collected himself. “There was a day,” Vibo began, “when all life depended on one moment. And everything before and everything since depended on that one moment. ” On this day, a sad man woke and found his wife smiling down at him. She hadn’t done that for years. And it was the nicest morning he could have imagined. The sun came through the window behind her and gave a nimbus glow to her thin gray hair.
He kept reminding himself that fame, like the object of everyone’s admiration, was ephemeral, but he couldn’t shake the conviction that this was a pivotal moment in his career. A pivotal moment in his life. He sought out Nendy, herself the center of a swarm of admirers, and the two of them retreated to one of the observation pods. With the party in full swing overhead, it wasn’t hard to find an empty one, although two lovers were groping one another in the next pod over. Talan blushed and looked away, but Nendy watched with unabashed interest.
He thumped his chest. “Me John. You . . ” “Oh,” she said. ” Oh, sure, Pam the fire woman from some place where people spoke the universal language with an accent. ” “Yes,” she said. ” “You want a tour? You looking to see some of the places the tourists don’t usually get to go? ” Why not? Escort her around a little, see some safe sights, and end up back at his place. ” she said, and somehow she was standing without ever stopping sitting. It was like someone threw a couple of sticks on her fire.
Imagination Fully Dilated Science Fiction by Alan M. Clarke