The Creators

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As the day started to dawn, the hollow of the gnarled tree burst into flames of pale blue and silver. Out of it, emerged a swirling ball of mauve and magenta, which grew into an adult-sized Jacaranda. Jacaranda had arrived a little earlier than scheduled with a tiny string bag that held her belongings.

Jasmine, Jolyn and Gorge were breakfasting. Jolyn was in a better shape than before. She looked a bit sad but resigned. Gorge had convinced her that he was going as her knight to win a battle for her. When they finished the meal and stepped out, they saw Jacaranda and the dragon in conversation.

“Here come the seekers,” said the dragon.

“Hi!” said Jacaranda. The three of them murmured their greetings. Jasmine had on her knapsack and Gorge had been given a small backpack with snacks and some clothing by the dragon.

The dragon saw Jolyn looking sad. “Ah! My dear. Do not be sad. We really need you here. I need you to look after everybody in the house. You all also need to learn to use your telepathic skills while the adventurers are gone. We will form a telepathic communication club to practise our skills.”

Then tuning to Jasmine, Jacaranda and Gorge, he said, “Now, all you need is to ride the dragon cloud I will make for you. Jacaranda knows how to navigate the cloud through the skies. Incase, Dr Doom’s men do spot you, they can do nothing as the dragon cloud is impervious to spells, laser and bullets. The only thing that can pierce or destroy it is dragon fire.”

Saying this, the dragon raised his neck to the skies and gave three loud roars. Then he blew out fire three times and mumbled a spell…A golden dragon shaped cloud appeared in the sky and started floating down to the lawn. It stopped hovering just above the grass.

“Come get in, the three of you,” said the dragon.

Jacaranda climbed in. Jasmine went in a little warily as did Gorge. Jolyn stepped forward and kissed Gorge goodbye.

The cloud felt like a cold metal surface and gleamed as if with the rays of the rising sun. The dragon swayed his tail and turned around and whispered some soft words of incantation and the cloud started rising. The three of them looked down and waved. Jacaranda lay down on the neck of the cloud and it rose higher and higher. The other two watched amazed as the figures on the lawn receded and became tiny. The roof of the mountain seemed to have been replaced by the skies above the dragon lair.

As they floated out into the open, the sky was red-gold with the colors of the rising sun. The cloud almost looked like a part of the sunrise. However, a gunshot whizzed past their cloud as Dr Doom’s gang and the mind police on watch had spotted them. They had been on the look out for the group as Dr Doom and the counsellors were convinced that Jasmine and her multiverse selves were alive and well, even if their location remained unknown. If they had been dead, the counsellors would have sensed a disturbance in the universal consciousness. They insisted the guards stay alert. The guards were forever on a lookout. They worked in shifts. The mind police and Dr Doom’s men worked jointly. Dr Doom’s soldiers were smart enough to see the dragon cloud. And the mind police on Jasmine’s track could sense her thought waves and anxiety as they came into the open. Gorge’s anxiety too guided them to unearth the concealment. Jacaranda quickly stood up, mumbled some incantation and the dragon cloud encapsulated the three of them. A draft of wind seemed to blow them higher and further. The mind police hopped onto another cloud and started to follow them.

“Will the two of you stop being anxious? Learn to trust. Otherwise you will give us away. I know the cloud can turn invisible if we can all focus together. That way we can get rid of the mind police,” said Jacaranda.

“More easily said than done,” said Jasmine. “But we need to be bold and fearless. Gorge, breathe deeply with me and say Ommm from the pit of your stomach, like me. Repeat a few times. That always helps reduce stress and builds up the positive energy in us.”

“Would it not be easier to battle it out with them?” queried Gorge.

“They have tranquillizing guns which, if they can access us, will immediately put us to sleep. So, we should not think of a confrontation,”  Jasmine responded.

“Better listen to her. She knows them better than us,” said Jasmine.

“Okay,” said Gorge a trifle disconsolately.

Jasmine and Gorge started on their Ommms. Behind them, the mind police was shooting out laser rays to dissolve the cloud. It was difficult to be calm but Jasmine and Gorge continued in their effort. Slowly, they experienced a sense of calm. Then Jasmine, Jacaranda and Gorge held hands and focused on air…like they were a part of the breeze. They felt themselves sway…like a whiff of air. The cloud slowly faded out of vision even as the lasers hit the cloud. It floated on invisibly till the mind police started losing not just the cloud but also the thought waves emanating from the three of them. The mind police hunted for them for sometime and then went back to magicland as they had lost them. Eventually, focusing on the thought waves bore no results as the combined strength of their minds build a barrier against the police. Jasmine was excellent at concealing ideas and thought. They could not identify the thought waves of Gorge and Jacaranda clearly. They were forced to give up.

As the mind police faded out of sight, Jacaranda asked Jasmine, “So where to?”

Jasmine said, “Let us land on a safe dimension and then, I can pinge us into the technological dimension.”

“Safe, now what would be safe?” wondered Jacaranda.

“Perhaps we can land on that distant island,” said Jasmine, peering out of the cloud.

Jacaranda looked beyond and said, “That is the isle of wonder. A good place for us.”

“What is the isle of wonder?” asked Gorge.

“The isle of wonder is where gods, mythological heroes, dead souls who had great contributions come together over ages. It is an interesting place to visit. Their world is utopian. It’s lovely out there. We have to have special permission to access it. The only people who can visit freely are performers, artists, teachers and scientists. As I am a dance teacher, my accompanying guests and I are allowed entry against my pass. We can’t stay too long as the security coordinates visitors with the mainland security staff every week. So, we can only have a few days here,” said Jacaranda.

“We don’t need that much!” said Jasmine.

“It is a fantastic place. If we can evade the security by landing invisibly on a beach away from the security, we should be safe and we will have no record,”said Jacaranda. “I just love visiting the island.”

“Another time please,” said Jasmine. “If you can manage us an uncharted entry, it would be fantastic.”

“We could try the beach on the eastern side or the hill where Garuda, Daedalus and Icarus live. Daedalus is studying Garuda’s wings to learn the principles of making a pair of perfect wings.”

“Who are these people?” asked Gorge.

“Oh! These are all mythological creatures from Jacinth’s dimension. These myths do not exist in your dimension, is it?” asked Jasmine.

“No,” said Gorge. “Our myths are all to do with Gods of nature.”

“Interesting!” said Jacaranda. “We have creatures from myths of all dimensions here.”

“Garuda, Daedalus and Icarus are mythical creatures who could fly or aspired to fly high,” said Jasmine. “We study myths and history of all dimensions in the creator’s world. But others do not have that privilege.”

“We live it in the magic dimension,” said Jacaranda.

“I want something like this with living and real creatures,” said Jasmine. “And that is what everyone is upset about! And that is why the mind police are chasing us and threatening us!”

“I think I can fly us over the beach and land at the edge of the forest in the east. That should keep us away from the security’s vision,” said Jacaranda.

“And then, as soon as we are out of the dragon cloud, we will pinge into the technological dimension,” said Jasmine.

Gorge was watching the drama quietly. They started descending slowly and softly landed on a grassy patch.

“As we step out of the cloud, we will become visible and the cloud will disappear,” said Jacaranda.

“Wait, let me take out our pinging tongs,” said Jasmine. She dug into her knapsack and took out the tongs.

The three of them stepped out of the cloud into a grassy patch, held hands together as Jasmine clapped her tongs. They felt themselves squeezed and hurled. A rush of cold air and bright lights whizzed past till they landed unceremoniously on a cool, glassy surface.

 

 

The Creators

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Jamie was terrified despite the voice in his head urging him to calm down. He had grown up in a civilization of fear, greed and pain. He could not understand what was going on. Perhaps, these people would trick him and kill him…for being different. He started running. He was puny and weak. He could not run very fast, he knew.

Suddenly, he felt a firm grip around himself. Somebody was lifting him up unceremoniously.

“ Gorge hold him tight!” Jasmine was shouting. Suddenly, Jamie felt a whiff of something and he passed out.

“ I am sorry that I was forced to use the tranquillizer spray,” said Jasmine. “ I had no choice. He is too scared to listen. We need to be out of here to calm him down.”

“We could go back to my dimension,” suggested Gorge.

“No. That would be too dangerous. The mind police were already onto Jolyn. They would have lost track temporarily. But, they will be looking for her in your dimension definitely. We will pinge to a cloud and float into the magical dimension. The magical dimension has spells around it to prevent pinging. If Jamie wakes up on the cloud, he should be all right.”

“How can we ride a cloud?”said Jacinth. “It is only mist from water vapor.”

“We have worked round that in our dimension. Wait and watch.”

“Even if we float on a cloud, how could we steer it into the right dimension?” asked Gorge.

“Watch…everything is possible. I will need you to take care of Jamie for a little while as I sync my mind with the cloud to give it directions,” said Jasmine.

“This is so fantastic!” said Jolyn. “I have always wondered what the world would look like from the top of a cloud!”

“We are going to become too big a group to pinge together eventually. Thankfully, in the magical dimension they have other modes for inter-dimensional travel,”said Jasmine.

All this while, JaJa had been clinging to Jacinth and chattering in her own lingo.

Jasmine held onto Jamie’s hand, put JaJa on her shoulder and the others just clung to her arms. She asked Jolyn to help her clap the tong as she was using one of her hands to hold Jamie,who continued to lie limp on Gorge’s shoulder. They pinged and landed on a soft surface. It felt like damp sand. Around them were blue skies and a warm sun which was muted by a mist from the cloud.

Jasmine, took off her mask, closed her eyes and seemed to go into a trance. The air was really clean. The others took off their masks and caps. Gorge had put Jamie down. Jamie started stirring a little. Gorge picked him up again and waited for Jasmine to finish her telepathic syncing. Jamie knocked off again. Jasmine opened her eyes and said, “We need to revive Jamie and now have the time to convince him to team with us.”

“Should I drop him?”asked Gorge.

“No. Be gentle. I will spray him with a mist of oxygenated water from this can and wake him up feeling fresh…” said Jasmine taking out a can from her backpack.

As she sprayed Jamie, he woke up with a jerk.

“Where …what….haah!” he screamed again seeing the strange group around him, especially, Jolyn, Gorge and JaJa.

“You cannot go anywhere from here,” said Gorge firmly. “Better calm down and listen to the lady. We are on a cloud…”

“Just as in my dream…except…I was alone with her and none of you were there… What happened to your hair?” said Jamie.

“It is naturally like that,” replied Jolyn.

“Yes. I am Jasmine. I know about your dream because I projected them to you to prepare you. We are all from different dimensions. Do you believe in multi-dimensional existence”

“What is that?” said Jamie.

“There are many dimensions on the Earth. The same person can exist in parallel realities. We are all different forms of you Jamie, except for Gorge,” she said pointing to Gorge.

“How can I be a woman or that strange thing in other realities?” he asked.

“The sex or form can be different in different dimensions. Like Jolyn and Gorge are from the bubbleverse. So, their hair is different. The ‘strange thing’ is JaJa  from the golliwog dimension. She is also one of us. She can communicate with the mind like me. Jacinth is from the dimension that was created first of all. I am from the creative dimension. It was created just after Jacinth’s. You are from the dimension where Earth has been destroyed by World War 3. In the other dimensions, there has been no third World War. In Jacinth’s dimension, there have been two wars. None of the other dimensions faced the world wars.” As Jasmine spoke, she pointed out the persons to Jamie.

“This is bizarre and mind boggling…but so is riding on a cloud… Why am I even here and where are we headed?” said Jamie.

“We are headed for the magical dimension. You are here because you think different from others. You can sense what other’s are thinking and have a powerful mind. We are all running away from the mind police as it expects us to conform to the rules laid by the creative dimension. In my dimension, we create different realities by thinking of them. But the councilors, who combine energies to create new dimensions, like to segregate all the creations from knowing of each other’s existence. I feel we should be more open and have intra-dimensional interactions. We should be allowed to intermingle with others who have similar mind waves to us and we should have an open world. Keeping that in mind, I, a mere student, suggested a new dimension where creatures from all dimensions are allowed to co-exist. The councilors think the idea is immature and I am still too young to create but can only contribute my mind to realize their visions. They will kill me for the difference in perspective. So, they have put the mind police at my heels and with instructions to destroy all my parallel selves in the other realities. They managed to trace Jolyn already. We will be safe in the magical dimension where they have defenses against the creator’s dimension. The magical dimension found  out the creators ages ago. Luckily, they are a happy lot and very open,”explained Jasmine.

“It is going to take me time to absorb all this and move on from there. I did not meet any mind police by the way. Are you sure I am the right person?”asked Jamie

“The mind police operates with thought waves.They can kill by projecting negative images. You are lucky, they have not yet traced you. And, yes, you are the right person. You could see the dreams I projected to you. If I am not mistaken, you can read our minds and receive messages telepathically from me when you are calm. You will be another strong telepathic persona because you never succumbed to the world around you. You continued being different …unlike the others who fitted into life in their own dimensions. You, like me, never fitted in.”

Jolyn and Jacinth were trying to see what lay below the cloud but that was a trifle difficult as the cloud had a misty opacity. Jacinth gave up and just enjoyed the sensation of floating endlessly. Jolyn looked at the distant land that could be seen vaguely beyond the mist.

The cloud seemed to be hitting something solid…what could it be?