An Evoking from the Stars

An alien lands in ancient Egypt and walks across the middle east following a signal, looking for someone. Who is he looking for? Why is that so important to him?
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Chapter One
Walking


Walking. That’s one of the few things I remembered. I had been walking ever since I had landed on this planet. I didn't know how long I had been walking for, didn’t remember how far I had come. I just remembered; walking.

I remembered the first time my feet touched the ground. The dry and hot sand burned my soles. I remembered when my lungs filled with this foreign air and the sun shone on my head. It was so familiar with my planet, it almost felt like I was back home. The first thing I noticed that was different from our planet was the cycle of the day and night. The day lasted only for a few hours. I got scared at first, thought I'd have to hunt for the food for a long time but then just a few hours later the sun rose again. My first task was to find the inhabitants of this planet, so I walked. It wasn’t so bad the first time because, one, I wasn’t alone and second, It wasn’t that long. I easily found the creatures of the planet. They looked so much like us that I got happy because that would make my mission so much easier.

I observed them for some time. The second difference was that they were heterotrophs. They depended on autotrophs and other heterotopic animals for food. Their skin looked different too. Since they couldn’t perform photosynthesis, I gathered that they couldn’t breathe or intake water through their skin. It was conceivable though because the days and nights changed so fast, they didn’t get to evolve like us. They were our nocturnal counterparts. They lived as we did during the dark. I had to study their brains too so once I got close to one of them but there was no connection. I didn’t feel a thing. I concluded that they didn’t have any telepathic abilities. It could have been a problem.

I had to implant the subject among them. I had to call him 'subject' because I wasn’t allowed to call him by his name or form any connections with him. I was worried that they would harm him but I soon discovered that they were kind. They weren’t telepaths like us but they had developed a way to express their emotions and they had formed a connection with other animals. So my job was done much easier than I thought. I left the subject in a puddle. They heard him crying and ran to help him. I left soon after. I knew that they would find him strange. I knew that they would think he was something else but I knew that they would accept him as their own. I believed in their kindness. I believed in love.

That’s when I started my journey. That’s when I started walking but this time I was alone and this time it took very long to get where I wanted to go.

I remembered the fields I had walked through. The food for these people. Crops swaying with the wind as if they were dancing. Trees ladened with fruits, standing so tall proudly as if they felt honoured to provide not only food but also shelter to smaller creatures and so much more. I remembered the mountains, touching the skies, watching over these people like a guardian. The valleys felt like as if they had picked these people up in their lap. I remembered the forests. So dense that even daylight couldn’t light up the dark caves and burrows which were homes to so many other creatures. I had never seen so much diversity on one planet. I remembered the rivers, they were the arteries of this planet, carrying water across the land, enabling every creature to survive. The ecosystem of this planet was like none I had ever seen. This planet had a food chain, a water cycle and, a carbon cycle much more complex than ours. I wondered, was this heaven? I remembered when I had to walk across thousands of miles of uninhabited land. It felt like an eternity. The deserts, both hot and cold ones, the temperature reached to each of its extremities. No wonder no one lived there, it was impossible for their delicate skins to survive this. I almost thought I wouldn’t make it but I remembered why I had been walking for so long. I remembered her.

I remembered the first time I had laid my eyes on her. She sparkled with the light of a million stars. Her laughter echoed in my head and it made my world stop. For a moment or maybe an eternity I just kept looking at her. I remembered every single moment that I had spent with her. Every second felt like a year. I remembered her glowing face, her beautiful eyes and, her soft lips. I remembered the fragrance of her hair which induced so much of those happy hormones in my body. I remembered being in love with her.

Love is a strange thing. Billions of years of evolution and thousands of years of research, still my species couldn’t understand love. Love, that gave me the strength to travel across the galaxy and walk thousands of miles, gave me the desire to see her again and, gave me hope to find her one day. Love that gave me solace that my suffering and my pain will end one day. Yes, I remembered the pain too. I remembered the sense of loss when she was taken away from me. I remembered every second after that, which I spent without her, every moment that I lived being dead inside;

Until now.

I reached in the middle of the forest. It was the darkest one of the nights and dead quiet. My gaze fell upon the little hut. It stood there like it was a part of the woods, growing out of and into the trees, walls with leaves and flowers that hid it perfectly. I walked up to the door, knocked and waited. My heart was racing with excitement. I felt someone approach the other side of the door. Something clonked and the door pulled open.

My eyes met hers and the time stopped. My pain vanished like it was never even there to begin with. All those years of suffering now felt like a bad dream and now I had woken up to the beautiful reality. I smiled and,

“Who are you?” she asked.

Chapter Two
An Evoking from the Stars


I was still looking at her. She looked exactly like I remembered. Her beautiful face was staring at me and then I processed her words.

“What!”

“Who are you?”

“Its- it’s me. You don’t remember?”

“I’m sorry. I don’t. I don’t think we’ve ever met before.”

“What?”

I couldn’t think. All these years, all the pain and suffering, all the wait and for what? I couldn’t understand why she didn’t remember me. There was something fishy about the whole situation. And then, I remembered, who could’ve been behind this.

“Where’s your father?” I asked.

“He is sleeping. Did you come here to meet him? Then you’ll have to wait. I can’t wake him up in the middle of the night.” She replied with her soft, silvery voice.

I thought about it for a second, she didn’t recognize me. Her father must’ve done something. If anyone could do anything, it was her father. I made a decision.

“Yes. I came here to meet your father.”

“Oh, come on in. Father never had a visitor. How do you know each other?”

I answered as I walked into the hut. It looked like nothing one would’ve imagined seeing the hut from outside.

"Oh, we are old friends. We haven't met for quite some time." I settled on a wooden chair. It was more comfortable than it looked. The hut was glowing with a light whose source I couldn't see. The walls looked like insides of a tree. She then came out of the kitchen holding two cups on a tray. She put the tray in front of me, picked up one of the cups and gestured me to do the same. I, however, kept looking at her. I tried to form a connection with her but there was no response. Though I could sense her confusion. I couldn’t control myself anymore.

“You really don’t remember anything?”

“I’m sorry, but I- I really don’t.”

“You don’t remember our planet?”

“What?” She looked even more confused.

“This planet-” I began, “-is not our home. We came from another planet of a different star system across the galaxy. Oh, it is so beautiful.” For the first time in years, I missed my home.

“Uh- I don’t know what you are talking about. I've always lived here as far as I remember.” She didn’t believe me but her eyes were saying something else. They were glimmering with the hope to see and listen to, anything that wasn’t this hut and this forest. “What about this planet? Tell me more.” She asked.

“Oh, home. There’s no place like it. Our planet was formed early on when the universe started. Life began soon after and through about a million years of evolution, we came into existence. Our home is not very different from this planet but there are a few things. Our planet revolves around a bigger star. Days and nights last for months there. During the day we process our own food, we also collect and store for the night. Some of us hunt for food during the night. Our people look a lot like beings of this planet, I don’t think you've ever seen any of them either. But they are different in many ways than I thought at first. They are heterotrophs. They are not telepaths like us. They are intelligent, yes. But there’s one peculiar and a major difference. You see our species is eternal. We never get old except on one condition, I'll get to that in a minute. These people grow old and die no matter what. I think this is the reason that restricts them from evolving like us. They have to pass their knowledge onto the next generation, a lot of which is lost in transition I guess. No one understands the vision better than the person who first had it. I wonder what these people could have achieved if they were like us.”

I was lost in my own thoughts when,

“What is that one condition?” she asked.

I looked at her. She was curious. I was glad that she asked that. I smiled. Those beautiful eyes kept looking at me for the answer.

“We don’t grow old except when we are in love." I let out slowly while looking at her.

“What?”

“Yes. It’s very strange. No one understands it. We have spent a lot of resources and even more time on researching the reason behind this. So we could understand it. But we found nothing. Though we did find that it’s not just living together, it’s not mating. It’s love. That’s why I say that Love is a strange thing. Do you see where has love brought me? To my destiny, to my soulmate, to you.”

“What?”

“Yes. We were in love. You don’t remember it but we were like inseparable.”

“What are you saying? I don’t understand any of it.”

“Because you don’t remember.”

“But why don’t I remember? Why don’t I remember this planet you’re talking about. Why don’t I remember you? And how did you find us here?”

“Because you called me!”

She was surprised to hear that. She didn't say anything for quite some time. She was in her thoughts. I was looking at her. This was not how I expected our meeting would go. I thought she would remember me, remember herself, remember us.

“I called you? When? How?”

"I don't know-how. I was in pain. I missed you. And then I heard your voice calling me. It was coming from across the galaxy. No one else could hear it. It was like a call from beyond, an evoking from the stars.”

“How is this possible?”

“Love. Love is a strange thing.”

No one said anything for a minute. What could we say after this? I couldn’t think of anything else so I just finished my story.

“I set out on a mission to send one of our kind here on this planet, to observe and understand them and after that, I came here following your voice, looking for you.”

“I still can’t believe it. It all sounds like a fairy tale. No-“ she shook her head in disbelief, “it can’t be true, you are lying.”

Before I could say anything, someone else did.

“He isn’t.”

It was her father. He had woken up.

Chapter Three
An Eternal Love Story


We both stood up and looked at him. He too looked exactly as I remembered. As soon as our eyes met, I formed a connection with him and,

“How did you find us?” I received.

“What did you do to your daughter? Why doesn’t she remember anything?” I responded.

He ignored my question just like I did his and he sent in, “You have to go.”, to which I sent away,

“No, I've come for her. I won’t go without her.”

This all happened in an instant. She didn’t even realize anything. She asked her father.

“Father, is it true? Is it all true?”

He looked at her then nodded after a second.

“Then why don’t I remember anything?”

I then realized something.

“Because he altered your memories.” I looked at him. He couldn’t look any one of us in the eye. She walked up to him, placed her hands on his arm and said,

“Father, please, answer me.”

She was looking at him with the same hope I just had witnessed in her eyes earlier.

Her father slowly looked up but soon closed his eyes because he still couldn’t look her in the eye. He simply nodded with his eyes closed.

“It’s true.”

“Why would you do it?”

“Yes,” I demanded too, “why would you alter your own daughter's memories. Why?”

He didn’t say a word. He couldn’t. He freed himself and turned his back to us and then without any warning, he started crying.

“I was selfish.” He let those words out crying. “I didn’t want to lose my daughter, my only family.”

None of us said anything. We just let him cry it out. After a minute, he calmed down and began his tale. Now we both were listening.

“I was once in love too. I too had someone. She was my world. She was everything to me.” He turned, “Your mother. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever met. We were made for each other. We were ready to grow old and die together but I lost her. She died in an accident and left you - a child and an eternity of loneliness. I braced myself for it at first, I thought I could live the rest of my life alone because my daughter would be with me but then you fell in love. You found him and I was never that afraid in my life. I knew you would grow old and eventually die leaving me behind, alone forever. I couldn’t bear the thought of this. So I left that planet, travelled through the stars and ended up here. I thought you will forget him but you kept crying and calling for him. I changed your memories so you wouldn’t remember anything.”

"How could you do this to me? To your daughter?” Her eyes were filled with tears, her voice was breaking.

“I'm sorry. I was selfish. I didn’t think about anyone else. Forgive me.” He started crying again.

“You could still fix this.” I said, “Uncover her memories. She deserves this.”

He stopped crying, nodded and, put his hand on her head. Something happened. She started losing her balance, I jumped forward and caught her in my arms. I looked at her for an instant and then she opened her eyes.

I knew the moment she saw me that she recognized me. Her eyes met mine and the time stopped.

“Horus?” She said.

“Hathor. Yes. It’s me.”

“You found me.”

“Yes. I did.”

The biggest ever smile stretched on our faces. Our eyes filled with tears. Tears of joy. Tears of love. We embraced each other tightly as we would never let each other go this time. No one could separate us now.

"Oh, I missed you so bad. I cried. I called you. I was in so much pain.”

“I know. So was I. I heard you. I came to you. Don't worry. I'm here now. With you. The pain will go away."

"Oh, it's already gone."

"Love is a strange thing," I said.

The wind started singing. Leaves on trees started dancing with the wind. Sky woke up as the sun came out to witness this beautiful moment that seemed to have stopped in time, as we walked out after a few hours, to bid farewell to her father who decided to go back and find something worth doing to contribute to our community.

“Now where did you park your ship?” He asked.

"Walk north to the mountains and then head east until you reach an ocean of sand," I replied.

He waved goodbye. We formed the last connection and,

“Take care of my daughter.” he sent in.

"I will," I responded.

“Don’t worry father, we'll be okay.” She interjected.

We looked at each other, still holding onto one another, and smiled. We waved back. He walked away. We looked at him until he disappeared then we came back in our little home. We knew that we'll grow old now, we knew that we will die one day but we were happy because we will be together. Though we'll pass away our love will live on forever. Our tale will be told, heard and, will be alive forever as an eternal love story.



























-“and then they adopted me. They knew it will be hard to keep an alien among them but they were kind. They are long gone now. It's been so many years, I've met so many people since then, travelled so much but I didn't once meet anyone as kind as them." He finished.

He then looked at the other one and asked,

“That’s my weird. What about you? What's your weird tale?”

“Ugh- it’s a long story.” The other one said.

“The night’s long and we got time to kill.” He looked around the barn and pointed at the storm raging outside. “Come on, start with your clothes. Where'd you get them?”

“Oh, these- are called jeans and shirts, these won’t come out until hundreds of years from now.”

“What?” He was thinking that it was a joke.

“Let me tell you my tale from the beginning,” the other one looked at him, paused for second and then said,

"I'm a time traveller."


(Read the story of a time traveller in the next tale 'The Creator and the Creation'.)

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