The View from Teegarden’s Star

a short story

(going forward still but slowly.  Sorry to be absent but still facing challenges.   I Hope all of you are enjoying this very hot summer!  Blessings!)

The View from Teegarden’s Star

No one actually remembered how the people reached Teegarden’s Star. It was so long ago that the original voyagers became synonymous with myth and  those legendary races like the  Tuatha de Danaan  of Ireland, who arrived in a golden  cloud, or the gods who fell from the Pleiades and  taught their wisdom to  the Hopi tribe of the Southwest.  At any rate, so much time had gone by that the original histories were forgotten  which was probably just as well.

The intrepid travelers had left  a dying planet which  some said was by natural catastrophes and others said by the error of the inhabitants. Whichever it was, life was no longer sustainable as it had once been.

It possibly was an accident that the Galactic Ark  arrived at Teegarden’s Star,  which  is an insignificant little red dwarf  on the cooler spectrum, far away in the Aries Constellation. The small planet orbiting the star was not as warm as their home, so giant biospheres had been built to make it more habitable.  However, aeons later, no one any longer remembered how the domes got there or who exactly had built them unless of course it was the old gods.  Each dome was large enough to house a few thousand people and was created to be totally self- sufficient, self sustaining and indestructible. It didn’t rain inside  the  structure, but only dripped moisture constantly keeping the atmosphere not only warm but humid.   Those who lived in the farthest domes  cultivated  mycelium and fungi  and had developed a rather spongy, hairless type of mottled skin indicative of  shady damp abodes.

Those in the equatorial  domes had grown a second set of eyelids that acted as a kind of added  sunshade protecting them from the constant bombardment of light particles that streamed like a volley of solar arrows through the thin  membrane of the planetary atmosphere. The skin of these more central people lost melanin and  evolved an almost translucent light giving them a pale, ethereal appearance though they were every bit  as healthy as the mycelium growers.

Most of the inhabitants were farmers who tirelessly  tilled the soil of their vaulted gardens, but  they also had craftsmen, maintainers, quarrymen  and miners. There was a  small guild of tradesmen who traveled between the domes  but the unpredictable climate and rugged terrain limited much of their movements and opportunities . Because of these conditions most preferred to remain in  the small  insular  communities  and they  lived simple lives.  As a part of an ancient tradition of storytelling they often spoke of magical  and  powerful civilizations of long ago,  but they,  themselves, existed  with little memory of the past and even less  insight into the future.  Still, they were content.

However,  at certain times of the year just when the tedium of their lives and labour might become unbearable, the dome councils  sent out exploration parties to search for a rare form of indigenous vegetation called Tee. Tee was a  creeping vine that grew pods of tremendous size, and twice a year the pods would burst releasing oval shaped seeds the size of large, opalescent pearls. The seeds formed a filament of misty bioluminescence in the evening wind. It was a yearly quest to gather these strings in special nets at just the right time so they could boil them into a fragrant mash that caused taste buds to tingle and perceptions  to flower.

Occasionally dense clouds would form inexplicably on the planet’s equator and from them diamonds would sometimes rain down. But the people of Teegarden’s Star had no use for diamonds. The underground metal was much more important.   Copper kettle and coils provided the inhabitants with all they needed for an extraordinary and mystical elixir, they named Teegarden’s Hooch.  After Tee was harvested and distilled,  people from all the domes would gather and dance, tell stories and celebrate, while dreams of incredible worlds and mysteries flooded their senses in ecstatic vision.

Every year was the same.  When they  had eaten and  drank their fill they ended the evening by  gazing upward in prayerful homage. Thousands of voices chanting “Godspeed” swelled and echoed through the dome but what this mantra meant they had no idea. The context and significance had long been forgotten.  Their eyes were fixed on a point of faint light at the far reaches of a galactic arm called  The Orion Bridge. “That is the home of our old gods and our creation,” they told their children. “One day they will come  to take us back to our beginning.”  What they didn’t realize at their last celebration,  was that the light they saw was actually the ending. Tomorrow it would be gone.  It was the last echo of Godspeed,  a traveling  ghost, already slowly winking out over life times past and had finally sputtered into oblivion 12 light years ago, 12.59 to be exact.

The people were unaware of this and so after the festivities,  life went on as usual. They returned to their toil, grateful for what they had but were eventually left wondering about what ever it was that they had lost.

Rejoice in the Sun

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Hello Cybele, such a wonderful story and your images are just delightful! 🙂 So good to hear from you .. 🌹

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    1. many thanks Julie! It means a lot!

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  2. nickyche says:

    this is one of your best. Well done!

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    1. ❤ Many thanks.

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  3. Renee Espriu says:

    A beautifully ethereal story. Most magical. Hope you are doing well.

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    1. Hi Renee- great to see you and thank you so much!!!

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  4. Amy says:

    Wonderful story. I’m in awe with these extraordinary images. These are fine artworks, Cybele!

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    1. I am so honoured you read it Amy. Thanks for visiting and for commenting!!

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  5. Anita says:

    Enchanting story, Cybele, and the beautiful, seamlessly interspersing images enhance its essence. ❤️ Good to know that you’re moving forward – hope all will be well soon.

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    1. thank you so much for visiting Teegarden Anita!! And for your comment and good wishes!! Hope you are doing well too!!!

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  6. disperser says:

    Glad you can find escape (respite) with your art and writing. Nicely done.

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    1. thanks so much Emilio!! that means a lot!

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  7. Your images are enchanting! Slow and steady wins the race. I hope everything is at least going in a positive direction for you all. Stay cool!! 😀

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    1. thank you so much Deb!!!!! You too.

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  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Wonderful story and images, Cybele, but sorry to hear you’re still facing challenges. Adrian 🙂

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    1. many thanks dear Adrian. It will all be well eventually I’m sure. Blessings to you this summmer.

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  9. Sherry Felix says:

    You made my day with this lovely story and gorgeous images. Absolutely beautiful Cybele.

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    1. hello Sherry!! Hope your summer is going well! Many thanks for reading and so tickled you liked it!! I’m passing you some Teegarden’s Hooch.

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  10. glaucoulcigrai says:

    Is there a public service to reach Teegarden’s Star or do I have to ask Virgin Galactic a lift?
    Very impressed by the view from Teegarden’s Star, wonderful image; would like to be there!
    Hugs, Glauco

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    1. aww thanks Glauco, an interesting place to visit but you wouldn’t want to live there!! haha I’m working on a star gate to save some time but will let you know. It’s very difficult working with time and space!! 😀

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  11. Suzanne says:

    What an entertaining story and your images are absolutely enchanting. 🙂

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    1. thank you Suzanne for reading. I actually thought it was a tad depressing but that’s my state these days lol. Thanks for commenting!!!

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      1. Suzanne says:

        I’ve been having some down moments lately too. . Maybe that’s why I liked it.

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