Anomaly; something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.
What was that thing in the sky? Dream paused and stared harder across the vast, empty landscape. Against the pale blue sky was a beam of multicolored light. She frowned then pulled out her telescope from her belt and had a closer look. Still though, she could make out nothing further, but the colors looked brighter now.
‘What is that?’ she spoke aloud.
‘Your big butt!’ a voice shouted at her.
Dream rolled her eyes and tutted. Putting the telescope away, she twisted her head, so she was looking back down the ladder. A glow of light showed the way and at the bottom waiting was a figure grinning up at her. Dream snatched a small rock from the surface and dropped it down.
‘Ouch! Watch it!’
Swallowing a laugh, Dream pulled herself out of the pipe and climbed down. Her feet hit the sand and rose a dust cloud around her. Making sure her mask and goggles were secure, she began walking in the direction of the strange light beam.
Minutes later, she was joined by a tall, red haired young man. He punched her in the shoulder then raced off. Dream stopped and rubbed the spot, though her leather padded jacket had taken much of the impact. Muttering revenge, Dream watched him slow down as he saw the thing in the sky too.
‘What do you think that is?’ he called over his shoulder.
‘No idea, Link,’ she replied, ‘I was on my way to check it out when you interrupted me,’ Dream answered.
‘I’m sorry your Royal Highness. Please continue!’ Link mocked and give a fancy bow.
Dream stormed passed him, trying not to hit him as she went. He came to her side moments later and in a awe silence, they walked towards the beam of colors. The landscape rose and fall around them, the yellow sand all that could be seen for miles. The only sound was their footsteps and the wind shifting the fine grains against each other.
‘We’re never going to get there!’ Link broke in after awhile.
Dream came to a stop on top of a large dune and looked across at the beam. She could see it better now, but it seemed to be fading. The colors were arching up from the ground to the sky were they disappeared into the blue.
‘It looks like a path into the sky,’ she mused.
‘Don’t be stupid!’ Link snapped, ‘I don’t care what it is. Let’s go back. It’s getting too hot.’
‘You go back if you want. I’m going to find where it meets the ground,’ Dream responded.
‘Are you crazy?’
Dream didn’t reply, but walked off. The loose sand give way under her and she half skidded down the side of the dune. At the bottom, she found her feet and carried on walking. From behind her came the sound of Link half running half tumbling to join her.
‘Dream! Stop!’ he shouted.
She ignored him and picked up her pace. Breaking into a jog, she went around another dune and found herself in a maze of sand hills. Taking in a few deep breaths, she scrambled up the first one and looked down.
There below her was the source of the multi-colored light beam. Thanking her luck, she went down and towards it.
‘Dream! Where are you!’ Link yelled.
‘Over here!’ she shouted back, ‘I’ve found it. It’s some kind of crystal!’
Dream knelt down and looked closely at the clear cut rock that was half buried in the ground. Beams of light were shinning off it as the sunlight was touching it. Dream slowly reached out to touch it.
‘Don’t!’ Link gasped as he came to join her.
She looked at him, but couldn’t fully read his expression behind his mask.
‘It’s just a crystal. Like the ones you dig up all the time,’ she said.
‘It might be from the World Before. We shouldn’t touch it. We know what it is now, let’s go,’ Link spoke.
Dream looked at the crystal, tempted by it’s beauty. Link was right though.
‘It could be important,’ she thought aloud, ‘and if we leave it, it might not be here later.’
‘I don’t like it,’ Link muttered.
Dream shrugged and put her gloved hand onto of the crystal. The beam of light disappeared. Dream curled her fingers around the rock and picked it up. It was smaller and lighter then it had looked. She opened her hand and straight away the colors came back and danced around the surface of the crystal.
‘How weird,’ Dream uttered.
‘Can we go now?’ Link demanded.
Dream closed her fingers over the crystal again and got up,’sure. Maybe someone back home will know what this is,’ she added.
Story inspired by Sue’s prompt at https://scvincent.com/2016/11/03/thursday-photo-prompt-anomaly-writephoto/ – click to read the other stories.