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The Querent

by Bonnie Misha 10 months ago in Short Story
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Pear Tree

post apocalyptic

Did the previous make nectar?

Yes

What was their source code?

Mostly grapes

Seems limited?

Yes.

Why grapes?

They were abundant

Was that their main food?

No

So they harvested other foods too?

Yes

Because nectar didn’t supply enough nutrients?

Yes

Why did they make grape nectar then?

People wanted it

Why?

It supplied a key element

What element?

Ethanol

What’s that?

A chemical by-product

Of what?

Fermentation

So what did that enable?

Mood changes

For appetite?

No, other senses

In a good way?

Unregulated stimulation

What got stimulated?

Blood and brain

Then what happened?

Damage to blood and brain

And they kept on using it?

Yes

Primitive mindset

Silence

Why did they like ethanol?

Altered state of consciousness

So they became more ascended?

No, mostly descended

So grape nectar created lots of damage?

Yes

And it wasn’t even nutritious?

Correct

Did people know this?

Yes

Silence

What happened to the nutrition in the grape?

It was destroyed

Did they do this to other fruit too?

Yes

Why not just eat the fruit?

They preferred nutrition from other sources

Like what?

Animals

They ate animals?

Yes

They took on all that unresolved consciousness?

Yes and worse

What could be worse?

There is also evidence they ate each other

What?

For nutrition?

Unlikely

Then why?

Conquest

Because of ethanol?

It would not have helped

Silence

Did they harvest other foods?

Yes

Were some of these nutritious?

Minimally

Did they experiment to boost this?

No

So they didn’t care?

Minimally

Mostly it was about money

But why not keep money-captives happy?

They did, they supplied ethanol

They weren’t a healthy species then?

Mostly no

Did they have energetic correction?

No just drugs

What were drugs?

Chemicals

So they used chemicals to correct energetic imbalance?

Correct

They treated damage with more damage?

Yes

Silence

Did they use other foods to make nectar?

Yes

Such as?

Barley and rice

Did these make ethanol?

Yes

Didn’t they know about secretions?

No

Their nectar wasn’t like our nectar then?

No, opposite

Why did they drink it?

Social bonding

Their society needed it?

Appears so

Did this ethanol deliver any benefits?

No just brain damage

And it was addictive?

Yes

Silence

Did they ever just eat their fruit?

Yes

Just fresh?

No mostly damaged

What do you mean?

They damaged their fruit

How?

Cold and heat and chemicals

What happened to vital fruit essence?

Destroyed

So they had no concept of pure food?

Limited

Did they store fruit?

Yes in metal tubes

Hard to believe

Silence

What else did they eat?

Chemicals

They made chemicals into food?

Yes

Did people know this?

Only some

What about the others?

They only cared about taste

So they were deceived?

Yes

Why did they do this?

Cheaper to create chemicals

Than growing perfect produce?

Yes

Silence

Many previous food relics survive

Yes they were obsessed

But none of it was nutritious?

Very little

So did ethanol kill people?

Yes slowly

Didn’t they notice?

Yes, but it was self-deceptive

What do you mean?

They knew but didn’t care

Is there any danger of that with our nectar?

Not if you stick to your assigned food

What if I don’t?

You’d possibly eat damaged food

You mean you can still get damaged food?

Yes

Where?

Black markets

Can you send me there?

No

Well can you give me an address?

No

Have you ever been to one?

Yes

Did you go to buy damaged food?

No

Just looking?

No, doing research

Did you eat any damaged food there?

Yes

Did you like it?

No

Are you still doing research?

Yes

How?

Look around you, what do you see?

Just consciousness screens and tactile panels

What else?

Virtual vistas… everything well organised.

Look harder

Silence

Look deeply within the lightened space

Is that a small tree?

Yes

Do you own it?

Yes, for my research

What kind of tree is it?

Pear

Are you going to harvest from it?

Yes

Damaged food?

Yes

Is that your research?

No

Are you researching how to grow undamaged fruit?

No

Measuring nutrients from undamaged fruit?

No

Are you creating a new type of nectar?

No

Well what are you doing?

Making ethanol.

Short Story

About the author

Bonnie Misha

children’s author/designer - books, games, toys

http://www.sashaandfriends.com

little aussie battler series

children’s fantasy - faerie & elementals series

animation - bicky and boo - series

historic manuscripts - WW2 - s w pacific command

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