It was in a strange little corner of the universe of stars, a place where more planets were brimming with a greater density of life than anywhere else in the multiverse. Nowhere else could compare to it.
The stars seem to complement each other: warming up a myriad of homes scattered across spinning spherical planetoids which hugged masses of water and plants and creatures like jollligans, stinky drangis and flying crats in their exciting atmospheres. Planets shared orbits with each other and enjoyed suns like happy friends, cramming the solar ways with a vitality that you just could never imagine.
Crawling critters learnt to fly the spaceways with bevitilazed bi-engined buconns, while brown and green Qingy swimmers caught the wings of giant sleepy tuuble twickers as they flew from melting comets to overgrown soft asteroids that carried ample foodstuffs in their cavernous guts.Giant Strangos held back the heat of Suns that got a bit above themselves, by stuffing that vibrant sunlight into their furry size million pockets, and keeping it for days when the suns got moody and sullen, which was only when some of the moons got cheeky. That hardly ever happened unless the tifs got out of their black holes and sang.
It's about the most absurd thing in the universe when scratchy bellied hillbungs carved their way into the depths of four planets and ate the tasty innards of those poor space-inhabiting worlds. (It made all four planets about as stable as a giant garlick eating gassbagg from the moon called Sennno.) Absurd, because the 45,402 inhabitants of those planets forgave the hillbungs. Completely, with no strings attached.
A tree-like creature (called Bruthhh) that lived on one of the planets and carved rivers into hot deserts in the mornings and crafted hot bread in the afternoon, simply scratched his head, and caught a bright lime green ship-like thing to the nearest planet.
Of course, there were some "interesting" places out there: great big gaseous planets that tended to treat everyone with a level of unrealistic aggression, which was really strange, but everyone except for the Tracknuggs avoided that sector of space; and curious creatures like the truffeters just took snaps of the planets as they threw moons at each other.
Things were pretty much peaceful...and then a lot of very bad creatures like the gruligars and the dencarfuls and the lazarlizarbics got wise to the nicest part of the universe and brought a lot of themselves and their smelly pets like the wolocreeee. Those wolocreeee scream a lot and knock over cities with their tails. They just eat sweet pies and dunk themselves in oceans. A lot of nice creatures disappeared at that time: they just packed lunches and left.
So many began to realize that the corner of the universe was a tough place to live. They cried and sobbed more and sales of melly melons on the planet Sansarah were extremely good because everyone knows how good melly melons make you feel.
It was about that time that someone by the name of brot was exploring a planet called Layodikeya, which is a sort of "out of the way" planet. He was not a known explorer and had no fancy permit with a picture of him on it. A mighty voice just called him there but very few people believe him, which is sad because he was telling the truth about Layodikeya.
The planet had the most wonderful substance coming right out of it. Just amazing! It flowed like syrup and it soothed all of the creatures that touched it. It gave forth a wonderful light and slowly grew in size the longer you kept it close to you. It just got bigger and brighter and began to change the creatures who touched it. Mr brot shared the substance, which he started calling Substract, with anyone who would listen to his strange voice.
Now, the planet itself was mean and selfish, and was covered in exploding mountains like some have warts covering their faces. It was an unlikely place to have something so wonderful.
But some great being had done something amazing to the planet, for sure! (There was a reason for him placing all of that incredible life-giving Substract.) But he knew that the angry and snooty beings would come, and soon they arrived with their ships, weapons, robots and porragge-pigs from all nasty places.
They tried their best to grab, steal and snatch each and every drop of Substract they could get their hands on....
But things were going to get interesting on the planet of Layodikeya.
Hewns is owned by Michael W Mitchell and published by Hewn (Pty) Ltd.