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We were at a strange sort of school where we were kept in one place and crammed on subjects considered to be to our liking. I was specializing in maths and physics, so was a blond girl. We met and spoke about our suspicions. She disappeared, and I was questioned by the computer that was in charge of us; I did not betray her suspicions, instead saying she had run away with a boy she liked who had also disappeared (we were not allowed romantic relationships).

Very soon after this, a giant industrial lift and some doors we had not seen before appeared in our classroom. Some of us went into the lift, but DanWNLJ nipped through a door to see what was there, and came out again through the lift door, transforming it into a door into the back office as he did. The people already in the lift (including timscience) had already gone and the lift was now inaccessible. Worse, they had brought in wild animals like tigers and leopards and red pandas* to "clear the area naturally".

I went up a short set of stairs to where two small solemn children were operating some machines. They answered my questions about why we were here (we had been brought from the past as genetic material and grown as clones to bolster current genetic diversity; they had brought us as a "social group" (although some people there I didn't know) to aid aclimatization; that we were skilled up nominally to bring us up to date but actually to bolster the current skillbase; that (all) this was controversial) but not about the lift. I understood that they could not leave, as they were children born from us, the clones. I found some switches for the lift, but had to guess at the settings. We got the lift back, though.

Inside it began to shake and veer and damiancugley had to correct the course using controls like green lights that appeared on the inside of the lift. We crashed out through the bottom of a dried out swimming pool, dislodging a talking epic-scale bust (who was annoyed). Another statue/water feature (collapsed) filled in more of the back story (but again was unhelpful about where lifts were supposed to end up). I made friends with weird dragon-like slugs that lived on the statues, which turned out to be less cute than I initially thought.

I noticed DanWNLJ hadn't come with us, but bluedevi cheerfully assured us that he had come inside an "orange phone" (like a small brick of orange plastic with embedded tech) and she just had to get him out again later.

All the time, rows of people sat on deck-chairs along the edge of the dried-up swimming pool pretending not to watch us from behind their papers.

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My main thought on waking up was that this could be true. You wouldn't know. Just a faint ache as the material was brought forward in time (it only worked for tiny amounts) and a far off ghost self living in future time.

*Are these dangerous? It doesn't seem likely. Also some form of unfamiliar golden lemur. Our first hint that we were in the future.

Comments

( 3 worms — Feed the birds )
crazycrone
24th Sep, 2007 08:36 (UTC)
Whoo, good one! Were you eating cheese?
cleanskies
24th Sep, 2007 09:48 (UTC)
No, but I did wake up with a purring cat next to my leg, so maybe I can blame that.
timscience
24th Sep, 2007 16:05 (UTC)
The Red Panda
is the wolverine of South East Asia, except that it eats bamboo instead of tearing the living flesh from caribou. According to Wikipedia it sleeps all day and all night, emerging at dawn and dusk to threaten passers by with its razor sharp front claws, provided they corner it and it is unable to flee.

The Red Panda can kill a full sized Asian Elephant and may develop nuclear weapons within the next five years, according to US intelligence. On no account should it be allowed to babysit.
( 3 worms — Feed the birds )