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Whortleberry - Little Cygnus

Author: 1306
Rating: G
Challenge: Whortleberry #3 ("The road to success is always under construction")
Word Count: 519
Story Arc: Planetarium Collective
Title: Little Cygnus
Summary: A small city rises somewhere on Mars' home planet.
A/N: Oh, the possibilities that might stem from here. Or an AU, even... ;)
A flat stretch of land, as far as sky meets land, where the horizon was nothing but a land--this was the place.

Mars scoped the distance from a tall outcropping of rock he grew out of the ground, taking note of every inch and stretch of dirt that was before him. Images of cities back on Earth flashed before him; he was nowhere that good of an architect.

But he started on becoming one, anyways.

He leapt off the top of the outcropping, and with a swift upward swing of his arms, giant crags and slabs of red rock erupted from the ground, covering the entire expanse in a way ripples grow in water. Not a minute later, and the whole field was a maze of tall, jagged rocks jutting out of the dull red ground.

And then Mars began pounding away at them--with only his bare hands. He created a building much like that of an apartment, though not as tall at a height of fifteen feet, compared to the towering giants in cities back on Earth. It's not him that needs all that space, though.

He worked for hours without a single break, far from tired as he completed his fifty-fifth structure--this time a small shop like the bakery near Olive's home. He wiped the sweat off his brows and looked around. A hundred more rocks stood in the distance, a blank canvas waiting to be wrecked and pounded into something else.

And so Mars continued on. From the second day to the next, reaching into a full seven days. At that point, a small city stood in the once barren field, ready for habitation, if there were any takers. There were quite a lot; while not human (or completely human), creatures lurking on and underneath the red expanse drew closer to the stone city. What they saw confused them; what they found sheltered them well from the elements, as they eventually found out.

This had been Mars' intention all along. Fed up with how few and far the living things on his home planet were, he set out to build cities in the attempt that maybe he could bring them together in some system of living. Maybe humans will find it one day, and they'd feel the want to live there, too.

Maybe he'll take Olive to see them one day.

Mars also proved to be an indecisive architect, always changing the windows or the shape of the building if it suddenly looked unappealing to him. He'd say that he's never finished, and it might take a while to really finish. And then he thought of any future cities he might build out in other spots in his home planet.

The last building he worked on stood at the heart of it all, a small, cozy house in the midst of towering structures. An exact replica of Olive's house, down to the small pressed flowers hanging on the kitchen wall. He smiled as he finished, carving the last part of the house--Olive's bed.

Someday he'll show Olive all that he made. He hopes she'll loves it.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 25th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
I love the imagery of building materials arising from the ground, and the gradual appearance of the cities. I hope Olive loves all that Mars made, too :)
Feb. 25th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
aw, so sweet that he builds a replica of Olivia's house too! this would be an interesting city for an AU...
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