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Pearls Before Time   Poem  
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration)
Duurludirj pearl divers have remarkable skills.
Posted: 08/27/14      [No comments yet] ~ 153 words.
 

When the world was broken
and the pieces divided from each other,
people found ways of surviving,
and eventually they sought out
luxuries again.

In the Rockfang islands,
pearl-divers learned to hold their breath
and use special knives to pry open
the oysters and search for hidden gems.

After reunification,
they learned about time crystals
and began to search for those as well,
so much more precious than pearls
and so terribly dangerous.

Some of the time crystal miners
are the worst of the Empire's convicts
forced to serve for their crimes,
but others are free citizens drawn by
the lure of exorbitant pay and
the hope of striking it rich.

Along the coast of the mainland,
citizens dive for time crystals
using special suits and helmets
and a mechanized air supply.

In the Rockfangs, however,
Duurludirj pearl-divers still go down
bareskinned with a knife between their teeth
in search of sunken treasure.

Author's Notes

This poem came out of the June 2014 Muse Fusion. It fills the "bribery" square in my card for the 3-6-14 Origfic Bingo fest.

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