Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Deja Vu - Who are you?- WEP October

Paths cross for reasons unknown. Is it Fate or Happenstance that brings together those whose destinies are intertwined? Are there 'threads of possibilities' that become realities depending on the degree of need of the parties involved? 


Hubble Space Telescope - Magellanic Cloud *


Déjà Vu- WHO ARE YOU?

For previous episodes, see the links under referencesIn this segment, the couple and the young boy found in the inspection of the lower levels are brought to Odiwa for debriefing. 

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Noot couldn't get the images of his son, as a child, out of his head. That memory was buried deep in his brain. The hurt and the sense of loss of wife and child came rushing back. He pushed the hurtful emotions into the depths of his memory. No time for that now. Later.

Noot and Mondero escorted the young couple to the upper levels,where Mondero suggested that Noot watch the young child while the parents talked to Odiwa. Noot had changed since meeting the young boy, he was acting as if he had experienced déjà vu.

Noot took Moby's hand as they walked into the waiting room. Dev and Jio followed Mondero with some trepidation at meeting Odiwa. During the interview, Dev told Odiwa about being kidnapped as a young child. He couldn't remember his parents faces, but he remembered his mother's name, Nita. Odiwa felt like he was missing a connection of some sort while he listened.

"Where were you and your family captured by these Lower Level people?"

"On the planet, Magellan, near the Sirius galaxy. As a child, the kidnapper Joss told me my father had killed my mother in a fit of rage. After I turned 20 galactic years, I escaped from the man who kidnapped me. I didn't believe what he told me. He left me alone until he decided to leave for the outer reaches. MagPol, was looking for him and his gang. They found me and my family and took us with them. Joss died on the trip to the Outer Reaches, so then rest of his team decided to make us their slaves and threatened to kill the boy if we didn't agree."

"That's some story, Dev, but you are a survivor and you did well to escape. How did you manage that?"

"Through wit, luck and careful planning. Jio and I were not taking chances that Joss' men might harm Moby. It's a long story, but we were trying to decide our next move when your men happened upon us. Our food supplies were minimal as we were on the run. The little one has been confused and scared but tries not to show it. I think that's why he wanted your man Noot to be his grandfather."

"Interesting. What skills do you have, maybe we can fit you in here if you can help with the work. We all support each other somewhat, and I'm the so-called Captain of this defunct space station. It's our home, though, and we don't want trouble from the lower levels."

"I'll tell you what I know about the lower levels, and what we've seen. We will do our part if you let us stay. I'm not scared of work. I will do what you ask, but my skills are the practical ones. I can build things, and I know about growing food. Jio was a field nurse.when she came to live with me."

"We'll talk again in a few hours. Here's the keys to the room where you can stay temporarily, until we register your family. You can get food at the MessHall on the northwest side of this level. Mondero can take you there. Let me know if anyone gives you any trouble. Will you ask Noot to come in?"

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Noot and Moby, are talking in the waiting room outside Odiwa's office. 

"What is this place, Noot?"

"I call it home. It's what used to be a space station. A busy place with spaceships coming and going."

"Am I going to stay here now?"

"That's up to the boss, Odiwa and your parents."

"I hope we do. Can you be my grandfather, then?"

"I suppose I could pretend to be, if your parents approve. Have you ever met your grandfather before?"

"No, my father said he was dead before I was born. He doesn't like to talk about it when I ask."

"Maybe there is a reason."

"I don't know. Nobody tells a kid anything important."

"Well, we can talk whenever you want. I'll try to answer some of your questions."

"Thanks, Noot, you can be my friend first, and grandfather second."

"Sounds like a plan. If your parents approve."

Noot and Moby look up as they see Moby's parents coming out of Captain Odiwa's office. They tell Noot that Odiwa wants to see him. 

"We are going to get some food and rest, Noot, thanks for watching Moby."

"Anytime, I don't mind at all. Reminds me what it's like to be young."

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Odiwa told Noot about his idea that Dev could be Noot's son, but Noot is wary of believing that. Will his son talk to him about the time he was kidnapped? It will awaken old wounds in both men. For the first time since Odiwa met Noot, he saw a changed man, a man with hope in his heart and sadness in his eyes. 

As he walked away, a thought unbidden rose to the surface in Odiwa's brain, he must remember the threat still existing in the Lower Levels.

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To be continued . . .

WC=924 approximate (story only)

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Do you believe in Déjà Vu or have you experienced it? Do you think families will adapt to the rigors of space life, away from the planetary norms?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll respond. Thanks for reading! Remember to visit the main WEP page to find the participants and other entries. Links follow.

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October WEP Challenge







WEP Write, Edit, Publish, a flash challenge

It's time for another WEP challenge - with the support team of Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim and L.G. Keltner adding their imaginings and creativity. Thanks to Denise for being the host. We also want to wish Yolanda the best in her new challenges.

Click on the link for WEP  to see the list of participants and read their stories. 


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References and Links:

déjà vu - a feeling that you've been in that time and place before

https://www.spacetelescope.org/search/

WEP - Change of Heart - Discovery (3)

WEP - Unraveled Yarn - Lower Levels (2)

WEP - Road Less Traveled- An Outpost Story (1)

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56 comments:

  1. Interesting. I would've kept reading...

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    1. Thanks. mshatch, there will be lots more stories in this setting, and on the participants list of this challenge. Glad to see you visit.

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  2. I like this continuation. It's a good story and it's cool how you add in the prompts. I've experienced deja-vu before and everytime it creeps me out. It makes me feel like I'm stuck in time, repeating myself.

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    1. It's a strange feeling, for sure, but the mind works in mysterious ways (usually explained by science but not always. . .)

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  3. Nice job! I haven't read the earlier installments of this story, (and I'm too pressed for time... and lazy...) to read them now, so I can only comment on this piece.

    I hope Dev IS Noot's son. The universe is full of mysteries, but I don't believe in coincidence. Call it serendipity or call it fate, but I think some things are meant to be, and things happen for a reason. The return of Noot's son would be a wonderful gift from the universe.

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    1. I understand the time limits. I too believe some things are meant to be, but we have to be open enough to see opportunities as well.

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  4. Interesting what has been set in motion. At least Moby and his family have a safe place to stay now.

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    1. Family will still be important, maybe more so in space societies. Groups need some form of cohesion.

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  5. Nice! I need to know more about those Lower Levels!

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    1. And you will, as Dev will share with Odiwa what he knows. Another expedition, armed, will be sent to scout the lower levels.

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  6. As always I am awed at your ability to continue the story and meld it to such disparate prompts.
    And want to know/read more.
    So much of life is a mystery to me. I haven't experienced deja vue but won't rule it out. Life happens, and its patterns are beyond my comprehension.

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    1. I hope you will read more of this story, as a deserted place can hold surprises and threats. Life is a mystery, but it's fun trying to unravel it.

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  7. Hi DG - it's fascinating seeing you take us along on their journey ... I hope the family is safe - and doors can be unlocked, so they can find out more about themselves. That thought about the threat in the Lower Levels could well mean trouble. It'd be wonderful if Noot did turn out to be Moby's grandfather or relative ... lovely read - cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes that threat in the lower levels, I'm thinking about that and how it can relate to candles and ribbons. . .Hope all is well with you Hilary!

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  8. A fascinating development. Would Noot really find his son? Questions, questions...

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    1. Through the machinations of Fate, perhaps, since Luke after all did get to meet his father in Star Wars.

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  9. DG, so amazing that you can keep this story going through the WEP prompts. You always raise questions which makes us wonder - which is the whole purpose isn't it?

    I certainly believe in deja vu, but I confess I hope I never have to live like Noot - in a galaxy far away...

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    1. Out on the fringes might be scary, but on another planet, I'd be game for it. I think.

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  10. I agree with the others, it would be wonderful if he were to find his son. Great continuing story and you have followers for the rest!
    Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks, Yolanda, Moby will appreciate all these good wishes. Dev will be harder to convince.

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  11. I love the way this story is unfolding. It's neat how you make the prompt work with each installment. I can't wait to see where this story goes next!

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    1. I mull the story over for a week or so trying to see where it will go next. Glad you like it.

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  12. I believe in the feelings of deja vu. Might be a re-experiencing of something from a prior life (reincarnation) or a premonition, or any number of unexplained phenomena.

    This was a great story, and nicely written next chapter. Long lost family is great story themes.

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    1. Reincarnation is another interesting subject. I watch Ancient Aliens, and they bring forward some ideas about humanoid robots. Hmmmm.

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  13. Is Dev really Noot's son? I'm wondering. If not, will his son ever return?
    Very interesting how you flesh out a story, using the given prompt, and you make it work.
    Deja Vu is an inexplicable phenomenon. It exists in many forms and is beyond human comprehension.

    If you're on Facebook, please link your flash fiction to the WEP+IWSG badge that’s pinned to the top, over at the IWSG Facebook page, so that others can read your lovely work.
    Thank you!

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    1. I'm not on FB, no time, but thanks for the suggestion. I'm glad I've created some questions in your mind about the story.

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  14. Deja Vu is a really specific feeling so it does seem like it should mean something. I find it to be a very anxious sensation and I don’t like that one bit!

    Humans are strong. I think a family can adapt to anything.

    I loved the quote about people not telling kids anything important. I find that very sad.

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    1. That quote can be true, as we don't want to worry the little ones. I wanted to say I liked your story Joey, but I couldn't comment on your page. Welcome to WEP. Discus doesn't always like me.

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  15. Deja Vu is an interesting concept. a friend of mine swears to having experienced the same moment in their house at least twenty times in as much years. Intriguing.

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    1. I hope it's a good moment that she kept experiencing. It is intriguing to me, too.

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  16. I often experience deja vu. Sometimes it's a spooky experience, sometimes warm and happy, but always a bit mystifying.

    I suppose people can get used to living anywhere as long as the conditions allow for life. For me I prefer good old Earth, but a "used-to-be" space station sounds intriguing.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I like the idea of a breakdown in society (as these people were rejected by their cultures or rejected their home planets) as a way to see how people react in such a situation. Thanks for visiting Lee.

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  17. Excellent take on the theme. I like how it was worked in and I hope there's some resolution for the family.

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    1. There may be, but good wishes always help. And more is on the back burner.

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  18. A nice addition to your previous entries in the WEP contest. I'm curious to find out if Noot is truly related to Dev and Moby. If so, it gives new meaning to the phrase, "It's a small world after all."

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    1. A la Disneyland, do they still have that show open? Thanks, I have so many ideas about the setting that it takes more than one flash to tell some of them.

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  19. How things can come full circle with little pushes from the universe, or the author haha Being Noot's son would open a whole can of worms.

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    1. I think the can of worms will be in the lower levels, but another expedition will be checking it out.

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  20. I suppose everyone has at least those fleeting moments of deja vu--the feeling that you've already done or seen something. It disconcerting when it happens, because to me it feels so much like really early memories that aren't quite graspable.

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    1. There is so much they don't know about our minds/brain - that is what a neurological surgeon told me as he showed me an MRI.

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  21. I am a hopeless softie so I'm keeping fingers crossed that he is Noot's lost son.

    Super job on working the prompts into a series! Kudos.

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    1. December may show what's what and who's who.

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  22. HI, D. G.

    I remember a few of you others and this one ties in nicely. You create a nice balance of a futuristic world and the one we live in, so it's very easy to relate to it. Nice work.

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    1. Thanks, Michael, hope all is well in your busy life. I think we will still have some everyday problems even in the future, with family and interlopers.

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    2. So true.... Doing well. Trying to finish up my current WIP. I still have about a third to go. Posted another excerpt from it for this challenge. Drop by if you get a chance. I remember your enjoyed the first excerpt from it.
      Hope all is well on your end, too!

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  23. I do hope the grandfather/grandson relationship works out.

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  24. Interesting story. I found that Noot was very likeable. Would be interested in reading more.
    Dixie Jarchow
    writingwithdixie.wordpress.com

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  25. The story goes on.
    A trip through wild space.

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    1. Of course, with a setting like this, I can imagine a few stories. . .

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  26. People had to adapt to not living as one with nature. To be trapped in stone and metal structures day in and out, watching pieces of nature through the window. So, yes, I think there are people who could adapt to living in space. Who wouldn't ache for the scent of air after the rain, the feel of sand between the toes, a cool autumn breeze, or the taste of snow. I'm not one of them, but yes, I think there are people who could do that.

    The kidnapping is a tough emotional story though. Right in the feels.

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    1. A harsh existence but man has been able to adjust before. If there is a green space, even under cover, it helps. (This place does have an area like that in the upper levels.)

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  27. That's really deep. Very moving. I wonder what is going on in the lower levels.

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    1. It will soon be explored to find out. Thanks for visiting.

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  28. Wonderful sci-fi adventure! Well done.

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    1. Thanks, I couldn't comment on your post for some reason, but did check out your web page.

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