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by Jacky
Rated: E · Fiction · Contest Entry · #2210300
Flash Fiction
In the Beginning

“So, what do you think?”

“It’s a big job. Common names for all things? What’s he thinking?”

“Well, it started with water. You know, everybody calls it water and so it’s easy when you’re talking, you know what everyone is talking about. But when you get to other things it’s harder because everyone has their own words. Like trees. We call them trees, Allen calls them the giant plants, Tec calls them Turners...”


“Because they turn colors when it gets cold. I know it’s stupid, not even all of them turn colors! So Abdula decided we should have some common language for some of the common things. Just so we can talk to one another. He gave us lists of stuff to make up names for. So, I was thinking of calling the bumps ‘mountains’ but I wasn’t sure because sometimes their alone, and sometimes there are big bunches of them.”

“Simple enough. Call the lone one mountain and the bunches can be a range of mountains.”


“I suppose if we’re gonna be in charge of all these weird hunks of stuff we ought to be able to chat about them a bit easier, you’re right. It’s hard enough knowing their entire ecosystem is dependent on us without being able to at least talk to each other about it.”

“It is a good idea isn’t it.”

“I guess. Did Abdula think of a name for us?”

“Well, he came up with Supreme Universe Negotiators though he was getting grief about it from some airhead who wanted to be a star.”

“What did you think?”

“I was on the fence, then I heard he was going to have us just use the acronym. Then I kind of liked it.”

“So, we’d be the Sun. Huh, I like it too.”
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