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Characters

July 14, 2011
By CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius


Have you ever wondered why your perfect plans are shattered? Why a seemingly perfect romance ended? Why good luck strikes at strange times? Why life seems like a bunch of meaningless chaos?

There is a very simple answer to all of these questions. We were created by an ancient race of aliens and are nothing but characters in their stories, created to alleviate their boredom.

As soon as they are old enough to write, they are given a computer software program and a manual with only the most basic rules of their writing universe. In order to create a new character, they must collaborate with other aliens to make sure two human parents give birth to a child. This child will be under their control from the moment it is born until the moment it dies.

You are always subject to the whims of your creator. Everything you say, everything you do is controlled by them. Usually, the aliens have jotted down things they want to happen during your lifetime. But some aliens detest this and make random decisions as to where your life will go. This is where chaos comes from.

Our planet is relatively new, but the aliens have become bored with it. The best writers among them have declared that the Earth is a cliché, boring universe. They have decided they want to write in a new, more exciting world, so they have taken a special vote. It was this vote that decided how our world will end.

“Why don’t we let a black hole swallow their planet?”

“Nah, we’ve done that already.”

“What if the Earth spontaneously combusts?”

“That’s way too cliché!”

“Okay, why don’t we knock their planet out of orbit and send it crashing into the sun?”


“That’s a stupid idea.”


“Fine. How about we give all their world leaders bad cases of paranoia and see what happens?”

“Sure. Why not?”

And so, our world will not end with a bang, but with slow decay. Our increasingly paranoid world leaders will declare war on each other and humanity will slowly die out. But, since the aliens lost all interest in us, we have gained something we never had before: free will. It is now up to us to decide our fates—and the fate of our planet.


The author's comments:
This was just a random idea that sprang into my head a few days ago. Feedback is greatly appreciated!

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on Nov. 27 2011 at 12:18 am
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting!

on Nov. 27 2011 at 12:17 am
RaveFire PLATINUM, Vancouver, Washington
32 articles 1 photo 218 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes You Have To Give Up Your Life To Save It." ~some book that i don't remember the name of

"Live Life Like There's No Yesterday" ~ random billboard

"If No One Can Hurt You, Then Nobody Loves You" ` ~ Kerli?

oh goodness its not what i expected at all. lol. very good keep writing hahahahahaha... ALIEN!!!

on Nov. 26 2011 at 11:02 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting!  :)  I'm glad it made you laugh.

Lovejuice GOLD said...
on Nov. 26 2011 at 11:01 pm
Lovejuice GOLD,
19 articles 0 photos 55 comments

I had to stop reading halfway through the story, because I was laughing so hard.

Aliens controlling us? That's what I've suspected all along!

Anyways, the story is very well written, with no mistakes at all. Your writing is very crisp, clean, and more importantly, powerful.

As was said before, you manage to take world issues and show them in what I thought was light-heartedness, but turned out not to be in the closing paragraph.

Please, keep up the good work, and keep writing!


on Nov. 25 2011 at 7:35 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks! :)  I'm glad my writing came off as effortless; it really is that way for me.

on Nov. 25 2011 at 7:29 pm
LifesIllusion BRONZE, Cicero, Indiana
4 articles 0 photos 127 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't let your fears slow you down. Instead, chase them down and beat them."

I really liked this piece. Especially the twist at the end. I took this as a light hearted story until I read the last paragragh. You very subtly intertwined very serious world issuses into your story. I don't think I could ever write it with such ease like you seem to. Nevertheless, you are very talented at writing! :) Keep it up!

on Nov. 20 2011 at 5:11 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting! :)

on Nov. 20 2011 at 4:50 pm
Jappyalldayeveryday, Detroit, Michigan
0 articles 0 photos 163 comments

Favorite Quote:
They say that good things take time, but really great things happen in the blink of an eye

I actually liked this a lot :) I'm not that into history (which is why I couldn't appreciate the Cleopatra stories), but this kind of stuff is cool

on Nov. 18 2011 at 8:02 am
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting! :)  And yeah, I'm a Merlin fan as well.

on Nov. 17 2011 at 10:42 pm
Afanen PLATINUM, Santa Rosa, California
49 articles 0 photos 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But you see, Meg, just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist."


- Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Sometimes I wish aliens really were controlling all of us, because I really hate knowing that our leaders are this terrible at leading. Funny with a bite. 

 

(Completely off topic: Oh my god, you're a Merlin fan too! Hi!)


on Nov. 15 2011 at 2:48 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting! :)

on Nov. 15 2011 at 10:59 am
AnimaCordis GOLD, London, Other
13 articles 0 photos 132 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Evil is when the good do nothing"

Interesting idea, I like it! I like your use of diolog in the middle, that's nice. I also like your ideas about the apocolipce, it's sad but somehow has the ring of truth.

PS: I'm one of the aliens! XD


on Nov. 14 2011 at 7:12 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting! :)

on Nov. 14 2011 at 6:33 pm
Hannibal_the_Vegetarian_Cannibal SILVER, A Nice Place In, Virginia
7 articles 2 photos 43 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain." ~Anonymous


"For he loved her, as you can only love someone who is an echo of yourself in your time of deepest sorrow." ~ Orson Scott Card

Love it! Started out really great and funny, and you managed to bring something serious into the end without ruining the whole humorous mood. Great job!

 

5/5


on Nov. 11 2011 at 7:17 pm
Tink1350 BRONZE, Medford, New York
4 articles 0 photos 104 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Worries are like weights and weights keep you down, so let go of your worries and fly,"

Yeah it's been a while:)

on Nov. 11 2011 at 3:15 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks, Tink!  It's great to see you back. :)

on Nov. 11 2011 at 11:36 am
Tink1350 BRONZE, Medford, New York
4 articles 0 photos 104 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Worries are like weights and weights keep you down, so let go of your worries and fly,"

I love this article. i dont have any criticism its great. i love how it starts out serious, and then ur laughng at the aliens conversations. haha

 


on Nov. 3 2011 at 9:05 am
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

GzusFreak10: That's okay.  I can tell by your username you are very involved in your faith.  And yes, you did word it a bit poorly.  

But don't worry about it.  Thank you for apologizing.


on Oct. 30 2011 at 6:46 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

ksaurus200, while I appreciate your support, I would prefer people keep their comments related on my story.

 

EVERYONE ELSE: This article is not my perspective on what is happening.  It is not intended to belittle your religion and beliefs.  This is fiction, for crying out loud!


on Oct. 30 2011 at 4:27 pm
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments
@CarrieAnn: I'm sorry if i got preachy. I really didn't mean to. I guess i said it poorly, but i was trying to say how impressed i am by how close you came to what i believe is truth. I'm sorry if i put you on the offensive.