Today’s Prompt: If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

When I was little and people asked the classic question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was, “A veterinarian or marine biologist. Or an astronaut.”


For a long time I couldn’t figure out what the connection was there. Now I see that I wanted to be transported to magical worlds that actually exist.


Imagine: Getting in a submarine like “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” delving down past the point where sunlight can no longer touch and twist form into shape. Down here bioluminescence lights the way—strange alien-esque creatures waving their tendrils in a happy dance of connectivity, moving with the flow of life that has not been put under the demands of the grid. The only structure down here past the flecks of floating sunshine are the laws of nature, the jaws sharp as razors whose only job is to consume and keep swimming whatever the cost.


It does feel cold down here, the chilling brutality of eat or be eaten, but in this world where color comes from within, things seem much more simple.


Down here and even closer to the surface, we have these endearing creatures, sometimes still dangerous but forgiven due to their lovable exteriors. Dolphins, walruses, whales. Seals, sea lions, sea turtles. Penguins and polar bears—we have emerged from the ocean and into worlds owned by animals.


Enter into a lush forest, the dank smell of life, fresh and unapologetic. Slip onto the surface of an iceberg. Rocket off into space, watching the stars fly by like the opening of Star Wars—my mind just took off to worlds of the most intense light in speed and brightness…

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