The land rising above the water was foreign to me. I had never had the courage to swim the oily water, dirtying myself. But now, I had to, driven by a strange force. I didn’t like it, having my urges messed with and my actions controlled. Closer I drew, entering the sphere of pollution, the sun distorted by chemicals. The fish I passed were not even worth my consideration, they were so ill. And then I came to it. The edge of the ocean. The vastness of the my world, coming to a halt at another. I extended a tentacle out of the water and onto land. Suddenly, I saw something horrible as my appendage morphed into a strange feature. Long and hard, with five little stubby tentacles. I withdrew my mutation, appalled by such an ugly thing. Unfortunately, I was still being driven up out of the water. I passed through the surface and continued to transform. The sensation was so great, I receded into my mind, and blacked out.
When I came to, I was in a new body. And what a terrible body, too. At least a third of my normal size, all pink and fleshy. I still had two arms, but with five short tentacles on each. My legs followed suit of my arms, and all of them had limited movement halfway up. On my small head, I sprouted thin, black filaments. The restrictions on my body were hard to adapt to. What sort of creature am I, I thought. Human, I thought back, delving into the knowledge bestowed upon me.
I looked around to see a world unlike any other. I lay on a beach with black sand, shadowed by massive dunes. But even over the huge piles, I could see shining pillars rising from the ground. Hundreds of them, touching the sky. To my left, I saw black crags overlooking the ocean, the ocean I yearned for. To my right…was another Human by the looks of it. Its mouth was open and eyes wide, staring straight at me. It had a larger chest and wider hips than I, longer hair and a rounder face. But it was colored differently I was, the top half white, except for its forearms and neck. The bottom was blue, a deep ocean-blue. Female, my brain told me.
"Hello?" The Human female said, staring bewildered at me. And I understood her, at least the greeting part. Yet I had never heard these words before, but just as with Earth, I could grasp the meaning of them.
"Hello," I answered, startled at my words.
"Who are you? What are you? I saw you come out of the sea as a squid, yet you are now a man. Do you have a name?"
"I am a…squid? Is that what you might have called me? And now I am man? I was sent to this upper world by Earth, the entity at the center," I said, trying to grasp this language and form of communication.
"Okay, what?" the female said,"How about a name? People call me Faryl. Faryl Grant."
"Err, Valco,"I answered. Valco? What is Valco? Did Earth Give me that?
"Valco Bell, I guess"
With a cloud of dirt, I settled onto the seafloor. It felt strange, being down here again, but not without a hint of nostalgia. I cast my mind out into the great abyss around me, not really looking for anything. Down my mind went, into the planet, through the rock and heat into…liquid. That’s not right, is it? Oh well. Farther in I dove, traveling through the liquid. The heat was no matter to me, as I simply ignored it. I made my way to the core, massive and dense.
"Hello, life form."
"I expect a response"
"Hello, I suppose. Who are you?" I asked, tentatively.
"I am everything. I am everywhere. I transcend time itself."
"What do you mean, you transcend time. You are everything? Are you the creator?" I questioned.
"Yes and no. Above water, beings might call me a god, the maker, or worship me. Even kill each other for my attention. From the start of time I have existed everywhere. But even for me, time is linear. I travel throughout the cosmos, focusing myself in one spot, creating the stars and planets. I have always done this, and until the last particle decays into energy, I will continue to do so. Right now, I see myself, 4.8 Million lightyears away, in the form of a planet not unlike this one, being destroyed as in the form of a star, am going supernova. I also see this planet being destroyed in a similar fashion. Also my doing. So I am everything, but not anything."
"I did not understand any of that"
"You will soon. You have amazing abilities for something with life. You have control over water, yes?" the Voice asked me,
"Yes, I guess I do."
"Good. You fascinate me. The only one from this planet who can. So I will award you, being. You will go up on land. You will have knowledge of the upper world, but no experience."
"What? Why?" I asked,
"You will learn."
"What do I call you?"
"For the time being, you may call me Earth"
It’s had been almost a year since my last entry. Since the incident with the Earth, I’ve not done much but swim around, exploring my abilities, physically and mentally. Here and there I would amuse myself by creating super-dense water, crushing any unfortunate beings trapped inside. Happy with my size, I limited my growth, except when I encountered a shark or whale, so that I might more easily consume it. A measly existence of someone with my…attributes. And all that time, the Earth and it’s core had crept into my mind, hiding in the dark crevasses, taunting me. The darkness called to me, so I obeyed. Back into the depths I went, shooting for the floor.
The first thing I saw when I awoke was the green glow, illuminating the area around me. It was all I could see. Everything else was black. The darkest, most soul-freezing black imaginable. I was resting on the sea floor, miles down. But it was warm, warmer than it should have been. I had landed next to an undersea vent. Curious, my mind probed the fixture, tunneling down through the shifting blackness of the silt propelled by the water. But I went farther than the water, delving into the eternal rock, coming into a heat. A heat so intense, so unimaginable, I was forced to withdrawal. The water felt so nice, in comparison, and that was how I liked it. How dare this obtrusion pollute my ocean with heat and dirt. I stopped the water from flowing, clogging the vents. I could feel the water heating up, wanting to rip free of my grasp. Then, all at once, cracks started to appear. The Earth started to rumble, with the enormous pressure of the sea, massive chunks of the floor ripped off. Beneath me lay a plain of magma, brighter than anything I had ever seen before. Magma and water collided.
The bodies hung is the water, motionless. My mind was a mess. Not because I was disturbed at what I had done, but how. I was tied to the sea, chained forever. I was the sea. I became so confused, the world started to whirl around me. Bodies spun around and around, being tormented by my forces. I couldn’t stop it. No amount of pleading could lay my mind to rest. So much rage, disbelief, exhaustion. I was fed up with it. Suddenly, a blast wave radiated out from me. It pushed the water back. I hung motionless in the vacuum. I was clear of all the weight of the past, able to fill the void. Then it collapsed, all at once. The impact stunned me, and I blacked out.
I burst out of the cave, my rage infused veins boiled the water around me. Literally. The water around me was bubbling up around me. The seascape was completely different. Where there was bright coral, and vibrant fish, lay a gray desert. Monstrous fish replaced the schools of pre-inhabitants. Fish bigger than me. My green glow was a massive beacon to the fish. As if on command, they all honed in on me at once. One second of pure adrenaline pumped through me. Time stopped. I grew twentyfold my original size. I swept two fish into my gaping beak, while I crushed another 3 with my massive tentacles. I roared, or at least the next best thing. I had no mercy for these poor souls, and as I felt it, the coldness from within went into the sea. It became so cold, the fishes hearts stopped and fins froze in place. All around me floated the carcasses of my enemies.
The last thing I remember, I was speeding toward the exit of the horrible hellhole I had just spend days in. Suddenly, the cave started to shake, debris falling from the ceiling. The entrance collapsed, blocking my exit, and crushing most of me. I blacked out. Even when I awoke, I had no idea how long it had been. Days, weeks, it was a mystery. My body is still giving off a faint glow, so I know that I am still being affected by the plankton. It may never go away. I was so enraged, escape is so close, yet inaccessible. I struck out at the rocks. My tentacle cleaved the rock away like thick algae. Surprised, I struck out again. The same results."These new powers will be very…useful," I thought to myself. I cleaved my way out of the cave will ease. No longer would I be chased by monsters.
I blacked out after the spots. I woke up several hours later. I had never felt so energized. Frightened by what happened, I swam out of the chamber. In mere seconds. Each stroke of my tentacles pushed me meters in a second. I squeezed out of the hole I entered from. I had grown a lot. I was at least half of a meter in diameter, and three in length. My blood vessels and suckers were all glowing green. I cast a dim light upon the cave wall. I wanted out of this cave.
I have stayed in the strange cave. Afraid of the strange glowing plankton, I had ceased eating. My body went hibernation. But, this morning I woke up. Ravaged with hunger, I quickly ate several plankton. I felt no different, so I continued to indulge. I ate until my belly was full. It was several hours after that moment I had observed the effects on my body. All at once, my nervous system flashed a neon green. Brighter than all of the other plankton. And it was gone. Soon after, I began to develop green spots all over my body.
Something amazing happened today. While I was on the wall of the cave, I bumped a few pebbles. It started an avalanche. As the dust cleared, I saw a smaller tunnel leading off. Deciding that I had no other choice, I ventured in. I swam for hours, never coming across anything. Then after the fourth hour, I began to see a green light up ahead. Excited, I quickly swam to it. I entered a large chamber, filled with light. And plankton. The plankton were glowing green. Tiny specks of green floated past my eyes.