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“On Wells and Life-Giving Water” (Part 2 of 3)

A Short Story

A short walk later, Brukana again found herself at the center of a village near a well, this one compassed about by a wooden wall and likewise covered by a wooden roof—with the attached flagpole brandishing the vivid fuchsia banner she’d seen just a bit ago. As with the previous settlement, these villagers also bid her welcome, but most of them seemed guarded, although a few did greet her with warm smiles and the offer of food and drink. As before, Brukana sat with the villagers for the evening meal around a fire and close to the well, with not nearly as much talk and laughter here, clearly because of the stranger in their midst.

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“On Wells and Life-Giving Water” (Part 1 of 3)

A Short Story

The explorer took slow steps forward while approaching the first village along the journey, not far from the seacoast. Such caution, though, simply served as a ruse to make it appear that the explorer knew nothing of this region’s inhabitants, because soon enough, many of the villagers flocked around the visitor at the edge of their settlement, offering greetings, smiles, flowers, food, and water.

“Thank you for your kindness,” the explorer said. “I am Brukana, daughter of the Livnek people in the far north, sent by my tribe to see these southern lands and offer our friendship.”

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“What Is This?”

I knew from school that the world was made of atoms and molecules, and we knew scientists were out there somewhere splitting and spinning and bouncing and breaking down matter to the smallest building blocks of the universe, but all I wanted to know was why there were building blocks in the first place and what was building with them. What wasn’t and wanted to be? What is this?

That was my big question: What is this?

To me, it felt like we were all living in a snow globe and people in white lab coats were out there just counting snowflakes. I didn’t want data. I wanted to bask in the stomach-dropping, tingling sensation of unknowing and soak in something more basic—namely, “What the fuck are we doing in this snow globe?”

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