“Earth-Shaker – V” / A Memorable Fancy #307

[It was a day of three digits, like “911.” This was April 10th, “410.” Today we finally caught sight of the being that had so distressed us, this Thing, this Bane that we learned to call “Earth-Shaker.”]

    Pine Creek, in southwest Arkansas, wasn’t much of a stream to begin with but now it just – poured down a hole. Lukey Moss set his toy sailboat on Pine Creek to watch it disappear, because it was a present from his uncle Russ and he didn’t like his Uncle Russ. Pine Creek disappeared into the earth, then the toy boat, and then Lukey, too. Uncle Russ didn’t express a great deal of emotion when he heard the news.

     #

     “Statistically, you know,” the government spokesthing said soothingly, “very few have died from these unfortunate enemy attacks.”

     Ralph Kargen of Otta, Wisconsin died by suffocation three feet beneath his rose garden. For him, it was the most important event in the history of the universe. Every other point of view didn’t give a damn that Ralph Kargen of Otta, Wisconsin, had ever lived.

     “We anticipate discovering the cause of these issues and making an appropriate and measured response,” the government spokesthing said, “no more questions now, please.” He hurried from the podium.

     #

     But then something changed – Earth-Shaker was moving up, nearing the surface. It breached first in Connecticut, then in many other places, then in all places. A kind of singing was heard. Peace delegations were sent to its various locations. To their surprise they weren’t eaten, or stepped on, or brushed aside; they were simply ignored.

     After all our worries about why Earth-Shaker was punishing us, causing so much destruction and so many deaths, we discovered that “why” wasn’t the right question. After all our pleading to it and our praying came the ultimate realization: Earth-Shaker didn’t even know we existed, not even as a rash on the surface of its planet.

     We no longer ask “What is it?” but “Who are we?”

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