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Anthony Kocur – Berks
To the Edge…
A race to the Edge of the Universe. It
was a competition that sparked immense rivalry and excitement in its participants.
With this race, two Possibilities swirled with the benefits they would
receive. The prize would be the dawning of a new universe, their very own
The statement was true that rang in the
minds of Possibilities: These were times ripe for creation.
The stars seemed to melt around Infint as its
world hazed over with the dawning of a new daydream. Space wrapped its
shapeless form. It had been quite some time that Infint had been swimming
in the nothingness. Off alone, Infint found its mind exploring in wonder.
Not a soul disturbed Infint except for the bitter glow of a dozen stars.
Infint stared about in all directions.
Then it looked beyond the black
More black space. And beyond that
Forever it stretched. What did it
I wonder, thought Infint.
“So what are you saying?”
“I just thought it was interesting,
felt like bringing it up.”
“I’m not angry, rather intrigued.”
Millenium rolled his blank eyes in his smooth white mask of a face.
Infint’s body formlessly twinkled
as it gazed through blank space. Before reality existed, as we knew it,
there was a world of No-Time. In No-Time, space was vacant, stars sprinkled
the heavens, and the voids were places of activity and thoughtful pondering.
The second Possibility, known as Infint, shimmered, “When I look into the
Universe, I don’t see any walls. No borders. I wonder if I’d keep gliding
or would I bump into something.” His body radiated with mesmerized energy.
Infint exemplified an odd specimen
of life. A radiating orb of energy encompasses its body. Its form rippled
with wavering light, spilling out of its own form. Often times, Infint
lacked the ability to contain its body, seeming shapeless. It sloshed like
water, literally adopting the shape of whatever it pleased.
“It’d be a long ways away. Hardly
worth the trip. Eventually you’d smack into something.”
“How long would it take?”
“Beats me. But long. Very, very
long,” replied the first Possibility, Millenium. His body was that of a
face; and his face, his body. Often in space, he stuck out like chalk on
a black board, giant white mask with blank eyes and a glistening shine.
He could be associated with a tragedy/comedy mask. However, unlike those,
his expression was neither comedy nor tragedy. It simply was “being.” From
his mask body, trailing for miles, large scarlet ribbons streamed in black
space, licking the stars.
“What if…could you pass me some
space to play with? Think. What if, just say, what if you never hit a wall?”
Millenium gripped spatial matter and tossed it towards Infint. His eye
spaces widened in mild annoyance as Infint juggled the matter about like
Millenium’s porcelain visage smeared,
“Never hit a wall. That’s preposterous. Inevitably, you’d bump into something.”
“How are you so sure?” Infint’s
shapeless body toiled.
“Trust me,” came the ancient voice
from unmoving lips.
“Have you ever bumped into a wall
or hit a border?”
“No. Not yet.”
“Well then, how do you know one
exists? Often times you sleep in voids, you don’t travel much, so how can
you be so sure?”
“Because eventually boundaries will
form. Besides, I never flew far enough away to bump into a wall. I don’t
“So you have no physical evidence?”
“No…but look Infint, you’d eventually
“Ah ha! No physical evidence.”
“Oh now, don’t get all uppity on
me. Enough with the wall!”
“I should explore.”
“Go waste your time. I don’t know
how long it’d take to reach the Edge. Could take Millennia.” A tingling
snicker smeared his cheeks.
Infint paused, sipped some space,
“The Edge of the Universe, eh? Who knows? There could be or there couldn’t
“Alright. I just think it’s an interesting…possibility.”
Millenium rose up on his scarlet
cloth ribbons, abstract imitations for legs. His white face presented an
extreme contrast that made Infint’s body twinge. “We’ll settle this.”
“I have a little proposition for
you.” One side of Millenium’s lips forked upwards, “You want to explore?
You want to disagree with me? Well, here’s the deal.”
“I just wondered how you were so
“We’ll have a little race. A race
to the Edge of the Universe. No matter who wins, my point will be proven.”
“Wait,” Millenium’s voice rose in
competitive jousting, “there will be a catch, a little reward. Whoever
touches the Edge first would get to design their own exclusive universe.
A world of their own.”
“That sounds great. A healthy competition
never hurt. Alright, you have me excited. Are there any rules?”
“No, just strive to touch the Edge.
No matter the inner, my point will be proven. Only difference between us
will be that I’ll get a little bonus.”
“You’re on. After all, these are
times ripe for creation.”
With the small explosion of light from an ageless
star, two Possibilities darted off as if to outrun time. They had just
met in a region called the Core. Often the Core provided a good locale
to discuss…to think. The Core, this time, was where the great race began,
a single point that spawned an attempt to uncover the Edge.
Millenium raced at an ungodly speed, eagerly attempting
to disprove Infint and its bizarre talk. His ribbons trailed behind him,
rippling in the windless world. His mind trailed off, lost in the race,
imagining all the greatness he would create with his new universe.
The ground would be flat. Great
trees would sprout to the heavens, tickling the blue sky. Their leaves
and branches would run together and act as an overhang blanketing the world.
Spears of sunlight would break through the limbs of the trees to illuminate
his world’s denizens. A dreamy fog could haze the atmosphere of his city;
a fog when mixed with sunlight would be hauntingly surreal. The beauty…
Millenium’s porcelain face grinned
a toothless, smooth-lipped smile. His world would be remarkable and Infint
wouldn’t take that opportunity away from him to create it. Although a friendly
competition, Millenium savored the essence of winning and reaping all of
Its wild, churning energy flew through space as
if frictionless. Infint couldn’t contain itself. The very prospect of a
race to win the prize of all prizes. The right to make, from your very
heart and soul, your own universe. Its body in full-motion, caught in the
momentum, Infint, too, drifted into its imagination.
A multicolored world, never a constant
blue, nor a static red. The layout of the land could rise, roll, or rest;
a truly versatile terrain. Great cities would mix with nature, forming
societies for all walks of life. Some inhabitants would climb trees, others
would live in them, and others would simply observe them. Then others would
be completely removed from the ground; their lives spent above. Light would
ripple from all directions radiating warmth and beauty of all kinds. The
If Infint won, its world would break
the boundaries for all other worlds. It longed to have its creation as
a source of inspiration, a genuine invention from its essence.
His fantasizing collapsed into itself, pushed
away by returning reality. Millenium, shaken from his racing daze, blinked
away any dust from the borders that formed his eyes. His ribbons trailed
for miles behind his face/body.
It painted his mind. What was it?
His body tilted so his face could
study Infint who streamed above him in the distance. Could it have been
Infint? Had the race become that competitive for mind warping? Would the
foolish Possibility try to sway Millenium with its meager telekinesis?
But it didn’t feel like Infint.
How are you?
Millenium didn’t think to answer.
No, this wasn’t Infint. But…rather his goal. Could it be? Was it really?
The end of Edge.
He couldn’t believe it! The Edge
had spoken to him!! He would soon touch the very tip of the world. A pioneer,
no other Possibility had ever made contact with it before. The haunting
whisper had confirmed it, the Edge was welcoming. Had Infint heard the
chilling noise as well? Millenium doubted it: this was a message for him
alone, an echo only he had the right to hear.
His mind arched. He would be victorious, his new
universe ready to be made. He could taste the berry air and experience
the world under his ribbons. Another glance to Infint. He not only wanted
to win, but to rub it in.
Millenium’s body rocketed into vicious
velocity. He skimmed by Infint, leaving the Possibility aghast. What was
it thinking? How foolish did it feel now?
“I’ve won!” Millenium trumpeted victoriously.
Infint’s formless shape twisted, trying
to catch up.
Welcome, echoed the haunting call of the
Edge. Matter materialized slowly, as if on a different plane of existence.
And then before Millenium knew it, he had
touched, a rough translucent wall. His ribbons stroked the wall, and he
pressed his face against it. “The Edge, I never believed I could be so
Gazing back at Infint, the little Possibility
would close on the wall in a few moments but be as far as the winner. The
wall began to turn more solid as if matter streamed inwards. It felt hard.
Millenium’s eye twitched. Two more seconds.
Millenium was about to shout its victory,
but his words vanished. Then something happened that Possibility never
could have predicted.
What did it mean? How could it be?
Infint never stopped. Its form skidded
by as if the Edge never existed. Millenium’s face desaturated, the very
white drained from his body. Infint faded into the distance, an enigmatic
Infint was gone, and with its passage,
the Universe never had time to catch up.
Anthony Kocur's short
story appears here with his express written permission and cannot be reprinted
or otherwise used without his express written permission.