What would you say about a life form that could effortlessly leap off his own world, on his own, and swim through space, visiting planet after planet. He does this without concern or education. He just does. He wonders how such a wonderful thing as he could be.
He ponders on a time when he was not alone, when there was an other, someone who gave him simple guidance: “As you journey, do not disturb the few who are too small to see.”
“Where are they?” the younger asked.
The older spreads his vision towards more than where they are.
“See the expanse?” he asked.
The younger nodded.
“Now look deeper.”
Amongst the vast expanse, he saw a multitude of lights aglow.
“What’s there?” he asked.
“Folk too small to see us, and we could harm them.”
“Yes. As we leap from sphere to sphere, we touch the surface harshly and would harm any life there.”
“There’s life on all these spheres?”
The younger paused as he scanned the vista. Life lit up everywhere, sometimes groups of planets seemed to combine, making brighter lights.
“Is there anyone bigger than us?”
“Oh, yes, but they are careful for us and they know that there is more than enough of the expanse for all of us.”
Who was that one that gave such guidance? He could remember him faintly but could not find him. He did what he was told; when he jumped from place to place, he would pause, concentrate, and see the lights. He noted where they were and avoided them.
Curious, he stopped near one and looked at the life there. Greener than any green he had ever seen and bluer than anywhere else in the expanse.
Amongst this grandeur, he glimpsed animals moving about. When they saw him, they became alarmed and so he hide away.
As he leapt about, he thought of the blue green planet with longing and returned often. He watched as the animals multiplied and one grew more powerful and populous than the others. When they saw him watching, he hopped away, off to another sphere several leaps away where he slept.
One day the returned to the lovely globe to see that all had changed. These folk had built dwellings, cities the size of which he had only seen on other globes.
“Will these grow to leave their own home?” he wondered. He had seen only a few in his travels that could go from sphere to sphere, but no one who could do so as easily as he.
As before, when he was seen, he shied away.
However, on one visit, one of them spoke to him.
“Who are you?” he asked.
“Just a traveler,” he replied before leaping away.
He often returned to this world, anxious to see how they were growing, advancing. Secretly, he wished that they would someday journey beyond their world, so that he would have someone to discuss the expanse with.
As he approached, he saw more light than ever before, bursts of light as from the star that fed their solar system.
Dread filled his heart as he neared, fearing the worst.
Every green thing was ablaze and that which had been blue was blue no longer. He wondered what had transpired.
He almost ran into a vessel sent from the planet. He caught it in his hand, looked at the lifeforms inside and asked “what happened?”
The passengers were too fearful to answer, so he let the ship go.
He sat and watched the light that he had journeyed to see blaze and finally fade to blackness. This sphere would never glow again.
Sad, he went on his way, hoping someday to find another world as beautiful as the blue green planet that was no more.