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Another Look at My Past


Chapter 19
“O ne Who Tells of Things Past, do come in.”
“O ne Who Speaks When Others Must Be Silent, I did not think it was yet time to depart for our meeting with
the humans.”
“It is not yet time for that. I wish to speak of many things.”
One Who Tells of Things Past twirled his primary optical receptors as a sign of respect. “Then I am deeply
honored, O ne Who Speaks When Others Must Be Silent,. And greetings to you, One Who Collects Water.”
“First O f Those Who Fight will not be here. He had many tasks to perform and he asked to be excused.”
said One Who Speaks When Others Must Be Silent in answer to the unspoken question. The truth was that
he had not been invited and knew nothing of this meeting.
“O ne Who Tells of Things Past, when I was a hatchling I cared only to run to and fro. I could hardly sit still
when I was told of things past. When I was an adult I was busy with many things. But now I wish you to tell
me of things past.”
One Who Tells of Things Past was honored but also somewhat puzzled. But he started to tell the familiar
tale.
“In The Beginning, The First Ones lived free in the vast open spaces. Food was plentiful and ...”
“O ne Who Tells of Things Past, forgive the interruption. I wish to hear of what came before The Beginning.”
For a moment One Who Tells of Things Past had no words to say. Then he understood. His primary,
secondary and tertiary optical receptors all opened wide as a measure of his sudden understanding.
“O ne Who Speaks When Others Must Be Silent, now I know what you wish to hear. These things are told to
but a few. Most have no idea that these tales exist at all.”
“When I came to this place of leadership I was told that there is more to our history than what is told to every
hatchling. Now I wish to hear it.”
One Who Tells of Things Past took a moment to collect his thoughts, then he began. “The first of our kind
did indeed live on the broad open plains. Sometimes food was plentiful and often it was not. They lived in
small groups, who fought each other constantly.
As time went by, the small groups became larger. They learned to farm and to use metal.”
One Who Collects Water interrupted. “Metal??”
One Who Tells of Things Past was unperturbed at the interruption. “Yes, metal. Metal is now unknown
among our kind, although the humans use it for many things.
“They used metal to make things which enabled them to run swiftly without having to run at all. Next they
learned to run in the sky and to travel beyond the sky to other worlds.”
Now One Who Speaks When Others Must Be Silent had something to say. “The humans came from beyond
our sky in a huge thing made of metal.”
“So it is told. But today humans do not run in the sky. They also have forgotten much that their ancestors
knew.
“Many of our kind went to other worlds in the sky. Those who stayed here chose to return to a simple
existence. They of their own choice forgot much. These are what we now call The First O nes.”
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