Sunday, December 21, 2008

Rikki and the Underwater Kingdom

Rikki used to push up on her bottom eyelids until her sight was so obscured in the liquid the entire world seemed an underwater kingdom. The tall buildings in books were ancient statues and the cars in magazines were the rusted dung beetles.

In the underwater kingdom was Rikki's bedroom.
Rikki's room was part of the underwater kingdom.

When Rikki pushed on her eyelids her bedroom room filled with water and her dolls and toy and bed floated all very quietly. Everything in the room was new and brimming and bright. The light beneath the overturned basket blurred in the water while the books on her shelf floated on past her. The teacups spun on the surface of the water. In her bedroom in the underwater kingdom, Rikki was a princess. In the underwater kingdom only beautiful things were allowed to happen and never any bad things. This was because there were many children there, in the underwater kingdom, and they, the children, were all quite pure.

One morning in the underwater kingdom every one woke up to purple jelly sky. All the inhabitants of the underwater kingdom stood outside of their houses and looked up. The dolls and the chairs and teacups all looked at each other in puzzles. It looked like jelly hanging down like clouds. Everyone was feeling weak and some of them began to fade into tight sharp balls of light.

Some birds came and pecked at the jelly. When they nibbled on the jelly their bodies went limp and the fell through the sky. The inhabitants knew there was no way to reach the jelly from their place in the underwater kingdom. It was up too high.

Rikki saw her subjects and she saw they were worried. Rikki loved the people of the underwater kingdom. She held the special power of determining the happiness of the inhabitants of the underwater kingdom. When she turned the knob past the number 10 the inhabitants began to crumble into themselves in piles of crumb and cloth. They were laid to dust inside of their sneakers. They often found their own insides in their pockets before they knew. Then all that was left was the charred feta cheese remains in their clothes.

Princess Rikki was confused and sad. The blood jelly moved lower and obscured everything in maroon. The entire underwater kingdom was in dark water and the light above sparkled red. There was only silence and everything spun slowly counterclockwise.The ribbons leaked their string softly.

Rikki began to cry and rubbed the magical conch her father had given her. Her father came out and he said he was sorry for what he had done. Rikki told him that it was all his fault and that now the underwater kingdom was maroon and dark and the inhabitants were spinning slowly counterclockwise. Her father began to cry and Rikki kept yelling. Her voice grew louder and louder until its sonic waves shattered the bones inside her father's body. He lay in a jagged heap of pointed and bendy flesh, never breaking but always jutting.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous learn chinese online said...

nice blog, thanks.

December 21, 2008 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger wagner israel cilio iii said...

xiè xiè

December 22, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Carley Brown said...

You have always had quite the imagination. I remember in highschool you wrote a story about Lebron..I think thats what his name was.. sad I dont definitely remember! Anyways it was a funny story for your english class and I remember the day you told me about it and let me read it

December 22, 2008 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

There's something wonderful about finding someone's words that say what I haven't been able to so perfectly. Like that quote. Which I read in the note that came with Vega. Which i have yet to listen to, but am looking forward to.

December 22, 2008 at 4:36 PM  

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