A sci-fi story
“Jamaluuuuk” called his mother
“Come get some grub” she called again
That got him moving.
Jamaluk unfolded his body from where he lay in the red soil staring at a small spiky lizard sunning itself, and scampered over the rise toward their hut. Ducking under the low door, even for him, he entered the dark interior. It took a while for his eyes to adjust from the bright afternoon sun, but as they did he could see they had some visitors today. Around the fire pit in the centre of the hut was his Mother, several Aunties, and his…
“Hey, do we wake up the stiffs bro? … Bro?”
Paora shifted uneasily.
“It’s a pretty little planet eh?” Tai whispers, hardly moving his lips at all, staring at the holo of the planet in front of them.
Damn, that was a long silence. Paora was worried. He’d been through a lot with his pal, and he wasn’t liking Tai’s long silences.
“Yeah, real pretty, do we wake up the stiffs?” Paora repeats.
“Nah, not yet.”
“Whaddaya mean ‘nah’? We haven’t come all this way for nuttin?”
Again, a long silence. How many heartbeats had that been? Just what is going on in his…
A dreamer, unmoored from reality, and temporally unhinged.