Incarnated Gods-R-Us

A post or two ago I asked my readers to help me chose a title for a short story I was writing.  Both were equally good for me so I was having trouble deciding which one to choose.  The idea for this tale grew from a very interesting Youtube video (AIRL) a friend suggested I catch.  Well, the story is finished, albeit in a rough form so here it is.

 

Tides of Mortality

by

Robert Garbin

 

The subject shuddered with the sudden onset of sharp discomfort, shock and dismay registering in her outward expressions while her inner turmoil spilled out in pleading.

“Wait … Wait … No this can’t be right … ahhh … can we start over?”

As the observer watched silently, her pleas became more piteous.

“Please, Please, something is horrible wrong.  Please stop the experiment!”

Fear became more pronounced as the world she knew became less defined, paler in the wake of lost senses no longer needed.   A faint high speed thudding underlined the increasingly strident calls for mercy.

“Why won’t you listen to me?”

“Damn you, stop this now!”

                “Please … Pleaseeeee … Mercy, oh mercy … Please!!!!”

She began screaming and snarling in agony, fear, and desperation.   The observer noted all of it but remained dispassionately quiet.  Soon the screams lost strength and coherence, turning into sobs then pitiful mewling.  The thudding; however, slowed down while growing stronger until it became a steady beat.  Thump, Thump.  Thump, Thump.

***

In the delivery room, Mrs. Sanchez was in the final stages of delivery with her husband by her excitedly exhorting her to one last push.  The doctor spoke calm words of reassurance to the first time parents as he gently helped the new person from its comfortable nesting place.  A final all out push delivered the tiny being and all the messy accoutrements of new life into the doctor’s hands.  Deftly he set about cleaning the child then hung it upside down to deliver a firm but not too firm smack on the rump.

 

***

With a wail of displeasure the immortal god took in her first breath for the six hundredth time.  The observer watched as the reincarnated god was swaddled and placed into the arms of her mother, another re-born god.  He sat for a long time watching the scene as complicated thoughts flowed through his mind like radioactive particles streaming out from a star into the depths of space.

After millennia of transitioning the immortal beings of the universe into and out of mortality, the pattern never changed.  They came with a strong desire to see the universe from such a unique perspective followed instantly by regret and fear when the processes of reducing their cosmic consciousness down small enough to fit began.  Their short time lived on the mortal plane ends with their re-emergence into the immortal universe where they truly belong.  Eons spent with comrades missed in the other realm, while a slow yearning builds for a return to mortality.  He never lacked for participants in his on going studies.

The observer began to conjecture the possibility of tides ebbing in and out of the mortal plane that drew immortals like the mariners he watched at times to the ocean.  He wondered at other properties, such as the tides of mortality, contained within the never ending mysteries of the universe.

 

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New Projects in the Works

I just scanned in the finished seahorse drawing that I plan to start painting soon for a larger project, while the spider has been in my files for some time.  The spider is in a basic state and is intended to be mechanical, which is what slowed me down because, as I have said before, I am not good at mechanical drawings.  The idea for the spider came from an older drawing I did of human piloted spider walkers (scouts) under fire using thrusters to make short leaps out of danger.  My desire is to update the idea using what I have learned with digital painting.  I am posting it now because I have some new ideas about the project and hope to get back to work on it.

Atomic Joe Complete Destruction

 

Here is the final version of Atomic Joe and I am really happy with how this turned out.  I came up with the idea of creating a demonic being to represent man’s constant blindness and idiocy towards his own foibles when dealing with forces that are intolerant of such things after watching this documentary on the Chernobyl Accident.

 

 

The number of errors due to pride, arrogance, greed, etc. that created this accident are staggering.  While the Three Mile Island and Fukushima Diiachi accidents were different, they all share one similar trait, a failure of imagination.  In other word, the inability to comprehend and plan for all the natural and man made disasters that could create catastrophic reactor conditions.  Not only do we have to deal with the results of and continued dangers presented by Nuclear Power, we also have to face the dangers created by making Nuclear Power a business where cost/benefit ratios and bottom lines become more important than safety.  Businessman play Russian Roulette with societies safety just to make more profit.  How many times have manufacturing accidents, disasters, or toxic spills occurred because someone was trying to save money where they shouldn’t have?  With Nuclear Power, the costs are even higher since the radiation can last for centuries.  So remember that whenever you leave a light on or waste energy.  Atomic Joe is always lurking in the background to give you a real good radiation tan.  Bones.

 

P.S. If you look, you will find the names Chernobyl, Fukushima Diiachi, and Three Mile Island in the painting.

Hazmat Team Needed

 

Please make sure to wear your hazmat suit when viewing this image since Atomic Joe is really starting to put out the rads.  Viewing may cause loss of hair, burns, and vomiting, take care to not touch the physical image.  Making progress and trying new ideas, including moving layers forwards and back.  I want to give a soft red glow to the back like I have seen in pictures of atomic blasts but have not been happy with the results so far.  Fourteen painted layers so far and I cannot combine any yet because their placement is set according to depth they represent.

Watch that Pressure Boys

Joe is moving along nicely even with several changes in course.  Some sections are rougher than others since I just added them tonight.  Still, heading in the right direction.  Way more layers than any of my paintings to date.

Steam for the Turbine

Well, I have been putting some time into Atomic Joe and I am seeing progress in that I can turn off the drawing without the painting just looking like a fuzzy image in a telescope.  I have moved the design to a larger canvas so I can create more of a background.  Watch for more updates and further explanations.