Copyright 2013 Jeff Young
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Two Short stories in the Diversiform Universe
"Written in Light"
For a brief moment, Zoi’ahmets stood as still as the tree the wickurn resembled, watching as the unknown creature stumbled backwards from her. Perhaps it was the fact that Zoi’ahmets was twice its height, her triple conjoined trunks or the orange eye that she swiveled in its direction. Two podia, how could it manage like that? So inefficient in dealing with gravity, unstable surfaces and even the strain over time on such a small surface area, -certainly nothing like Zoi’ahmets’ designs. She had so little time to be certain that everything was prepared for the Diversiform Dispute judging and what in Winter was happening here? The cognition engine finally linked with the translator nailed to her bark. Only then did she grasp that the sounds that had been striking the translator were attempts at communication.