Right, well it had been three weeks since i'd ordered my Sea Monkeys, anticipation of their arrival had turned into deep frustration, so time to do
something about it i thought, and here i was on the phone to the mail ordering company, a voice answered;
"Good morning, you have reached Transcience Corporation, this is Frank speaking, how may i help?"
"Oh hello, what it is i ordered some Sea Monkeys like three weeks ago and they still haven't arrived, so what's going on?"
"Ah i see, well i'm afraid Madame that we've had something of a disaster around these parts, the roof of our warehouse came off in a terrible storm,
the rain came in, and in short our entire stock was destroyed, so your order cannot be proccessed."
"What you mean ever?"
"Sadly yes, we await insurance compensation, but will then be venturing into other areas of enterprise, a full refund will be arranged for you"
"But i really wanted the Sea Monkeys, you know, like really really..."
"Well perhaps there is a way i can help, this business was founded by my Late Grandfather following an expedition to China in the 1920's, he recounted
a tale of discovering a cave in a remote region of Shanxi Province, filled with many curious artifacts of a long bygone age, but also within the cave
he discovered strange eggs, for want of a better description, and these were his inspiration for setting up the Sea Monkey business. We still have one
remaining in a display case, within the boardroom, as we are liquidating all assets, i see no reason you shouldn't have it"
"Oh wow, i mean that just sounds fantastic, thanks a lot!"
"You're welcome Madame and glad i could be of assistance, i'll take your details if i may..."
So that was that then, and eager anticipation was back on the menu for all the following week, until finally the Postal Service made delivery of the
parcel, which i signed for at the door, and then rushed into the living room to unwrap.
Removing the brown outer paper, and opening the cardboard box, and removing the foam padding, and opening the glass case within, i finally laid my
hands upon what was indeed a kind of weird egg, about the same size that you get at Easter made of chocolate if you're lucky, except this one was made
of a very fine white crystaline substance, that glistened and shimmered in the light.
So what to do with it, i held it within my hands and pondered.
It would make a lovely ornament on the mantlepiece, but i wanted Sea Monkeys and this was supposed to be about them, so maybe put it in water, except
the tank i'd bought was not much bigger than the egg, so i couldn't put it in there, and i didn't want to buy a larger one only for nothing to happen
as this wasn't exactly as advertised, so i decided my best option was to fill the bath with water and put it in there.
So the egg is in the bath half filled with tepid water and a little added table salt, and i'm looking at it and nothing much is happening, i splash
the water around some and still nothing happens, but at least it hasn't turned to mush and the mantlepiece ornament option is looking increasingly
likely, but i decide to leave it and give it time, though with little optimism.
I checked on it a couple of times over the course of the day, but there was never any sign of change, until finally i took myself off to bed.
In the morning i awoke early as the Mid-summer sunshine was already warm and glowing through the window, drowsily emerged from the sheets and stumbled
off into the bathroom, went over to the sink and began to reach for the tooth brush, when of a sudden a movement from behind half catches my eye and i
freeze, only slowly turning my head to see what caught my attention from within the bath...
And there it was, an actual Sea Monkey swimming around in my bath looking exactly as illustrated on the packaging, cute and pink, with skinny arms and
legs, webbed feet and three little pointy things on its head, and it began to make funny kind of squeaky noises as it looked at me and smiled.
"Oh like WOW!"
I began to talk to it, it continued to squeak, i sort of apologized for leaving it in the bath overnight unattended and that i hoped the water wasn't
too cold and sorry there was nothing to eat and in general i simply hadn't realised this, that, and the other, but it didn't seem to mind and just
kept smiling until lifting it's arms as if for me to lift out of the bath, which with some trepidation i did, stood it on the floor and sort of dabbed
at it with towels.
Thinking about it i decided "it" was a boy, as on the packaging the females had bigger pointy ears, and mine didn't, he stood about eighteen inches
tall, his skin felt sort of rubbery, and his tall swished from side to side when he seemed excited, which was pretty much all the time.
So anyway I decided to call him Pinky, it was still early in the morning and that was the best i could come up with...
As i went around the house doing my early morning chores Pinky was following me everywhere, jumping around and squeaking, doing crazy somersaults to
show off. I poured myself some breakfast cereal and sat down on the sofa to watch the news on the television, Pinky jumped up and sat right there
beside me, and then began to look at my bowl with pleading eyes.
"What you want some cereal, well alright then let's see how that one goes..."
So i went and fetched him his own little bowl of munchies and milk, which he got through rapidly, when finished he offered me back the bowl, which i
took off him with a smile and said "thankyou", to which Pinky replied,
Oh and he wanted more.
There are two things that can be generally said about Pinky, that he eats anything and everything and grew rapidly, reaching around five foot tall in
just under two weeks, and that he is into anything and everything, had grasped the basics of English on his first day of arrival into this world,and
was spending hours online researching ancient history and myths.
I loved having him around the place, but i didn't tell anyone else he was here as i was afraid they might want to put him into a zoo or experiment on
him or something, so he'd mess around online while i went out to work, and in the evenings we'd sit down and watch television together, or maybe put
some music on and i'd teach Pinky a few dancing moves, which he'd quickly pick up and then somewhat over elaborate on.
One day he sat me down for a chat.
"You know i'm not really a Sea Monkey right..?"
"Well no i guess not, i mean you don't live in the sea or anything, and you're not a monkey, so..."
"According to what i have been able to learn online, my kind arrived here many thousands of years ago, we came from the Pleiades with a mission to
instruct mankind, in ancient Sumeria we were known as the Apkallu, or the Seven Sages that emerged from the waters, and there are similar traditions
from China, though it seems something untoward may have happened there, and hence my non-emergence from the stasis pod"
"Hmmm, well i wouldn't believe everything you read online."
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