The Life of Idd: Part Two

Finding my original entry point into the cavern was a lot easier than expected due to new light filtering down from above. This time the light was in the form of strong beams, cutting through the water like spears. As my body came in contact with the beams I felt a surge of energy within me. My skin shivered and my pulse raced. Faster and faster I swam until I broke the surface of the pond.

There in all its glory, the Sun beat down upon me. By this time my skin had thickened to a point where it absorbed most of the heat, and dispersed it in the form of sweat which started from my pores almost immediately. Looking down I was surprised to see I was not sinking back into the water. My clawed feet had developed a large webbing which somehow suspended me over the pond. Looking down, I could see my reflection.

My head was angular and full of sharp teeth with a long flexible tongue. My eyes were slivers of black surrounded by orange with specks of dark green and more black. My body was smooth and shiny with water falling quickly from my skin in the form of round droplets as result of the many tiny scales covering it. Behind me stretched a muscular tail with projections of horn going here and there. I looked ready for business!

At that moment, I realized my webbed feet could probably do more than just keep me above the water in one position. So I took a deep breath and moved my legs as fast as I could. I jolted forward so fast that before I knew it I had made it across the pond with the shore fast approaching. Unfortunately I hadn’t figured out brakes at this point and so crashed into the dirt with most unceremonious, how shall I put this? Inelegance. Tail over head, I had practically rolled myself backwards as I fumbled for some traction. Somehow I managed after some revolutions to land on all fours. Even so, my eyes wouldn’t stop spinning for a few moments. Most unsettling.

In any case, after the nausea passed I decided to head back to my tree, this time climbing up the trunk to get a better view of the forest. Up and up I went for what seemed like miles. Finally I reached the first group of branches and found a nice resting spot where two of them had crossed, winding around each other like snakes. The leaves were broad and gave plenty of shade to relax in. Quite cozy. Curling up amongst the branches I peered outwards, my gaze sweeping across the land. It was a vast network of trees and vines interconnecting in a maze of green. Off in the distance were towering mountains surrounded in fog near their summits.

Other than that there was one feature that stood out. In the center of the forest lay a mysterious clearing full of interesting shapes. Completely unlike the forest around it, they were shapes I had not seen before other than when looking at my oh so pretty skull in the water. Angular structures abounded in this clearing. Curiosity getting the better of me, I decided I had to know what those structures were. And thus began my first real adventure.

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The life of Idd

So I had an idea for making the life story of a creature from birth to death in a fantasy setting. I suppose this could be sort of a children’s book. I don’t know that most adults would find this interesting, given the writing style. But with that in mind, I hope some of you like what I’ve done so far.


The life of Idd

by J. E. Littler

Hello there. My name is Idd. After many years of traveling through the bizarre and murky waters of what some call life and reaching the end of this chapter of existence, I have decided to write my memoirs before passing over the threshold into the Other World.

It all started about three hundred years ago. I was happily swimming in embryonic fluid within my eggshell for what seemed like eons, when one day a mighty wind blew me from the nest. Round and round I rolled until smashing into a large tree trunk at the bottom of a hill. My egg-home pulverized, I was forced to find shelter under a nearby bed of leaves, as the sun was beating down with a fiery glow and my skin was quite thin at the time.

Huddled there, confused and afraid, I didn’t know what to do. By the time the sun had set however, I felt something I hadn’t known before: hunger. Despite not knowing where I was or where to find a food, it was like a magical hand guiding me that caused me to exit the bed of leaves and seek out sustenance. Before I knew it I was back to the tree that I had met so forcefully earlier that day. The roots extended all around the base and housed many interesting critters. Grabbing a handful of their squishy, elongated bodies, I opened my mouth and gulped as many as I could. They were quite tasty.

After I had my fill, I looked up and saw the stars for the first time. So many lights, so many patterns. It made me dizzy and I had to look away. Their light cast an eerie glow upon the forest. Like everything had a life of its own, dancing in the gentle breeze as the stars twinkled, winking in and out, creating a sea of motion.

I was quite tiny at this point in my life, having just recently emerged from my egg. The tree roots extended well above my minuscule height. Climbing atop the nearest one, I looked out over the forest floor. All around were similar trees and roots, with something sparkling especially bright in the distance. It was beautiful and dazzling. Curiosity took over and again the magic hand lifted me up and onward, toward the source of the enchanting aura.

Before I knew it, I reached the edge of a pond. It’s surface was like cool fire, my clawed feet sinking into the muddy bottom as soon as they entered. It was a good thing I could breathe underwater as I probably would have drowned at that point, making for a very short and dull story. As it was, I had no trouble switching to my gills which I didn’t know I had. How convenient, I thought at the time. Looking into the water, I wondered if I would find anything else that glowed in the dark. I swam deeper and deeper, hoping I would find something.

Sure enough, after a few minutes, I did. There was a small hole at the bottom, with a blue misty glow emanating forth. Curiosity leading me onward, I did not hesitate to enter. The opening was long and irregularly narrow in parts, wide in others. I had to wiggle my way forward at times, but never became stuck due to the slime which covered everything.

Suddenly the shaft ended and I popped out into a large cavern. A shiver went up my spine as a cold current of water met my body. Up until now the water had been consistently warm. Slowly and carefully, I waded my way to the bottom of the cavern, doing my best to avoid the cold streams that seemed to be spread throughout the area. Reaching the bottom, I discovered the source of the light. Bio-luminescent seaweed lined the rocks like an unshaven beard. Amongst them, little spherical creatures with noodle-like legs and big glowy eyes gathered to feed. I wondered what these creatures tasted like so attempted to take a bite out of the first one I could catch up to, but it had a surprise for me. As soon as I got close it let out a bolt of electricity that knocked me out cold. When I awoke, the currents had pulled me deeper into the cavern. I had eventually got stuck in a crevice at the edge of a much deeper chamber with a much more unpleasantly cold aspect than I was willing to endure. My limbs still shaking from the meeting with the bulbous creature, I forced myself to move.

The chamber I was in had two branches above me, and I had no way to tell which was the way back to the seaweed field. I decided to go left and hope where I ended up would be better than here. A couple minutes of winding passage later I came upon yet another fork in the road. Something inside me told me that I was getting close to where I wanted to be, so I took the right side and sure enough, burst into a large mass of the familiar seaweed.

Not having had luck trying to eat the glowy life forms earlier, I decided to nibble on the seaweed. It was slimy and bitter, but I felt strength returning to my limbs the more I ate. Refreshed, I searched for the upper shaft that led back to the pond.


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