Fiction

From Here to Violet Stardust

Choose your own futuristic adventure.

Story by Liz. Photos by Maria Fernandez.
Story by Liz Armstrong. Photos by María Fernanda Molins.

The sky is the bright lavender of afternoon, dotted with stardust clouds and mini meteors streaked red with iron, which sparkle like embers when shooting across the sky. Soon all three suns will succumb to the horizon, and as the deep amethyst of evening gives way to that gorgeous, inky black sky of night, the star systems bearing all of your friends’ homes in 133-GSL become visible—just a hop, skip, and a galaxy away.

You’ve had one of those gloriously lazy days, the kind rarely afforded to you, between all the holographic mind-projection and animation-acting classes. You just treated yourself to your favorite lunch: fruit gels, vitamin-doughnut filets, cucumber-fizz soda drops, and a perfect scoop of fresh algae with cantaloupe syrup for dessert. The AsterTrax radio station is beaming lasers through your home vessel’s operating system, and each light-show song is finely tuned to your emotional state. Right now it’s calibrated for cheerful with heavy beats of gratitude, maintaining your usual levels of optimism and intuiting last night’s intoxicating dreams. Today sounds and feels amazing.

While daydreaming and gazing out the main hexagon window, you notice a rustle among the wild nitrogen-anemone blossoms landscaping the escape hatch that doubles as your skylight. You program the dial-a-step ergonomic pebble ladder for maximum climbing efficiency, run up, and pop open the view-glass. The anemones shake a little, sending small puffs of feathery petals up around you. The air is soft and smells delicious; you’re so dazed you almost forgot why you came up here in the first place! As you look around you notice a lilac envelope atop the mail pedestal with your name handwritten on it. No one is around.

Do you:

A. Bring it inside and call your best friend?

B. Open it right then and there!

C. Throw it in the mail compost and forget about it.

21 Comments

  • sugarmilz March 28th, 2013 3:08 PM

    Actually amazing, I love this so much omg.
    So much lovely colour and beautifully written.
    Ahhhh.

    sugarmilz.blogspot.co.uk

  • DreamBoat March 28th, 2013 3:38 PM

    OHMYGOD THIS WAS AMAZING
    The writing was so beautiful and stunning and GOSH ALL THE IMAGERY!
    Plus the fact it was a CHOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, EFF YEAH
    this totally, 100% RULES <3

    http://psychedelicdaisy.blogspot.com/

  • spudzine March 28th, 2013 4:02 PM

    OMG THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!
    Rookie should do this more often! ;)

    http://spudzine.tumblr.com/
    http://emotwins.tumblr.com/

  • daisyauthority March 28th, 2013 4:27 PM

    Oh my goash! Rookie that was so awesome! I love love love choose your own adventures!
    and the beautiful imaginative writing
    and the inventive cool futuristic stuff i.e. dial-a-step ergonomic pebble ladder

    This is “literally” the COOLEST thing ever!

  • Tihana March 28th, 2013 4:29 PM

    This is really great, haha. It made my day. :D

  • paashaas21 March 28th, 2013 4:49 PM

    this is so cool! reading this while listening to the boards of canada feels good…

  • lylsoy March 28th, 2013 5:17 PM

    OMG THIS IS PERFECT! Haha, the day starts so much better now :) (I’m in Australia)

  • Tangerine March 28th, 2013 5:54 PM

    The images are fantastic. I like the fact that some are animated GIFs, and the over-all aesthetic is gorgeous.

    SPOILER(?)
    I also love the horoscope-y endings.

  • barbroxursox March 28th, 2013 8:16 PM

    What even is this, it is so perfect! Lol I love futuristic-y and dreamy things. This is so creative and the pictures and outfits are all really cute. :) Make some more of these for the future- they’re really entertaining and engaging.
    Also, I’m listening to “Another Girl, Another Planet” right now and it goes perfectly for this. :)

    http:/lizard-onawindowpane.tumblr.com

  • RaineFall March 28th, 2013 8:22 PM

    I used to love these when I was a kid! Feeling so nostalgic :). This was amazing, and I loved the photos too, so ethereal.

    http://rachaelreviewsall.blogspot.co.uk/

  • silvermist March 28th, 2013 9:43 PM

    loved this so much <3 <3

  • ___ellarose March 28th, 2013 10:21 PM

    OHMYGOSH!! This is insanely cool!

  • maggie Carol March 28th, 2013 10:23 PM

    calming

  • Clairebearscare March 29th, 2013 12:02 AM

    This is awesome! I love stories like these. And, I’m completely in love with the art (so cool!!)

  • meganrosepaintedtoes March 29th, 2013 7:28 AM

    OH MY GOSH EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS SO UTTERLY AND TOTALLY AWESOME AND AMAZING AND WONDERFUL

  • unicornconnect March 29th, 2013 5:59 PM

    THIS IS SO COOL. I WAS LIKE:THAT PICTURE IS MOVING, IT’S MOVVVVVIINNNGGG!!!!!!!

  • Yazmine March 30th, 2013 12:31 AM

    I love this! The story is so creative and the pictures are beyond perfect. I want to incorporate this aesthetic into some of my future blog posts

    http://www.fashionandfringes@blogspot.com.au

  • raftingstarlit March 31st, 2013 6:41 AM

    This was so cool. Reminded me of Philip K Dick.

  • 062131 March 31st, 2013 4:26 PM

    This could have been beautiful even as a photoset or a story, but this is just THE COOLEST.
    Going to try every option now.

  • Indigo Officer April 17th, 2013 4:22 PM

    This is awesome! Please write more in this format!

    http://dinosaurs-in-the-clouds.tumblr.com

  • emlyb July 12th, 2013 2:55 PM

    PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE DO MORE OF THESE OMG <33333