The bubbleverse was of a strange material, supple yet very strong. It felt steady inside the bubble, just as if they were still in Jacinth’s world in some beautiful resort. The ground was covered with bright green grass. The foliage was lush and gave way to the sea, which was a deep purple in color. There were bubbly-looking, multi-coloured flowers on the plants. Some of them looked like they had trapped the colours of the rainbow. Jacinth, Jasmine and JaJa could hear distant voices conversing in English.
The voices drew closer. Jacinth, Jasmine and JaJa hid in nearby bushes. Soon, they saw two ‘persons’ pass by. They were laughing and had pinkish skins and bubbles instead of hair. But, the bubbles seem to be solid. One had yellow bubbles and the other, turquoise.
“Wow!” said Jacinth.
“Sh…” whispered Jasmine with fingers to her lips. “I do not know how they will react to our appearance as they have no concept of a multiverse. So, pipe down.”
“ Then how will we find the person you are looking for?” said Jacinth.
JaJa was sitting quietly and looking around. She seemed a little intimidated by the surroundings.
“Let the local inhabitants go off. Then we will talk,” said Jasmine. “For heaven’s sake let us stay quiet now.”
It was a lonely beach by all standards. Everything seemed the same, except for the foliage, which had far more vibrant colours.
As the voices faded away, there was silence. Only the lap of waves and strange birdcalls interrupted the quiet. Jasmine looked at Jacinth and JaJa. Jasmine ran out warily and checked the surroundings. Then she said: “I think it is safe to talk now.” Promptly JaJa started muttering in her language. Jasmine turned to her and she seemed to soothe down.
Jacinth asked, “ So, how do you calm her?”
“I use thought waves to communicate with you and JaJa. So, I do not need words. I only use them with you while talking because you are not used to using telepathy. But coming to your older question, Jolyn, our bubbleverse self, has been getting dreams similar to yours. I have been projecting ideas into her head. I am expecting her to come to the beach tonight. I have projected the thought of gazing at their moon and writing poetry. Here the moon seems to have some amount of distortion as the light passes through the membrane of the bubble. You will also notice that the plants are more lush and the pigmentation of the local inhabitants is lesser as the harmful parts of solar radiation get filtered out by the surface of the bubble.”
“That’s interesting!” said Jacinth. JaJa seemed to be listening with understanding too.
She asked something strange to Jasmine pointing at her mouth. Jasmine replied, “We can find food in the woods and I have chocolate and candy in my backpack for you.” She delved into her bag and dug out some chocolates for JaJa. JaJa hummed with happiness and started drooling and singing in anticipation of the treat. While she unwrapped the candy, Jasmine continued, “I have pinged ourselves to a lonely beach because it is difficult to merge here with the local population. Hopefully, no one else will come here this evening.”
“The bubbleverse was an ecological experiment by the creators to see if we could survive inside an artificially created bubble. The surface has enough pores to let in natural air. In a way, the experiment succeeded but created a different biological species from us and our plant and animal kingdom because the light and air were both filtered through the membrane of the bubble. The bubbleverse was a reaction against pollution in some of the other dimensions. They have no large-scale industries here and no countries. The total population is about ten thousand. Most live up to the age of hundred and twenty!”
JaJa again seemed to be listening. Jasmine was surprised, “Does she understand you?”
“I am projecting my thoughts telepathically to her as I communicate with you,” said Jasmine.
“Can you communicate with me telepathically too?” Asked Jacinth.
“ I should be able to if you keep your mind open.”
“What exactly do you mean by keeping ones mind open?”
“Well, you need to believe in your heart you can communicate through telepathy. See, the belief comes easily to a primitive like JaJa as she has lesser of preconceived notions. But to you, conditioned by education, a sense of limitations sets in … though I must say you have a smaller sense of limitations or preconceived notions than most other humans.”
“Then, will I be able to ever communicate telepathically?”
“Why not? It is after all only a conditioning of the mind. Just try to catch others’ thoughts… Perhaps you can start with JaJa. Try to understand her thoughts whenever she mutters something.”
“That’s a great idea. I love the idea of stretching my mind to different dimensions!” exclaimed Jacinth.
“That is what the creators do. I believe most creatures can do that if rocks and plants can harmonise their thoughts in the creative dimensions. We can empathise and communicate with each other but still maintain our privacy. I want to prove to the creators that such an existence is more desirable than having ones thoughts read by everyone all the time. Blocking should come naturally too. So, instead of talking you can project your thoughts to the person you want to communicate with however far the person is.”
“Unfortunately, the creators do not like my idea of sharing telepathic communication with other dimensions and of privacy of an individual. I want to be able to live in harmony beyond the borders of dimensions. I believe in it. That is why I am gathering all of ourselves together because each one of us will hopefully have a stronger ability to stretch the mind than others of the species each one belongs to. JaJa and you do.”
“Wow! Fascinating! By the way, how much longer do we need to wait for our bubbleverse self?” asked Jacinth.
“We have to wait for the moon to be up. We can eat now,” answered Jasmine.
“What do we eat?” Asked Jacinth.
“We can eat some of the fruits from these trees. They are quite filling,” said Jasmine.
Jasmine and Jacinth plucked some huge pink and yellow fruit that tasted like banana, pineapple and strawberry rolled into one.
The sky was turning orange. Soon it would be dark. The girls waited in the bushes to be safe. No one came. Soon the moon rose. It looked pale blue with mysterious shadows around it. The stars were even more blurred. You could barely see them. The waves sloshed on the beach. The strange bird calls had stopped. It was eerily silent except for the sounds from the sea. The three girls sat huddled behind some bushes. Suddenly, they sat up. They could hear a strange sound. They peeped out of their hiding and saw distant figures of a girl and a boy. There was a jingling sound as they walked.
Could it be Jolyn? Who was the other person with her? Jasmine had asked her to come alone….