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Bubble Boy – 3 –


Bubble Boy - 3 -

(Original German Version)

(Bubble Boy – 1 -) (Bubble Boy – 2 -)

And when you looked even closer, you could recognise that this strange thing was alive, and that it was, in fact, a tiny little boy.

And that this little boy even looked quite like the old man, even if he was so much smaller, having to fit, obviously, within the bubble!

But perhaps the likeness came only from the clothes. Like the old man he wore the long red Zipfelmuetze on his head and well, he was dressed in red and blue too, but exactly the opposite of the old man, As if they had sewn his jacket from the leftovers of the old man´s trousers, and his trousers from the  leftovers of the old man´s jacket.

And like him, he was barefoot.

The little boy stood in his bubble, with his hands and feet pressed against the thin, transparent surface. His eyes and his mouth were wide open, as if he didn´t understand at all what was happening to him. Locked in his shimmering cage,  floating high above the earth, climbing towards the sky: who could understand indeed!?

As he suddenly realised his awful plight  – the bubble could burst at any moment  and he would fall down from the sky – he got terribly scared and started to shout:

„Help, help!”

But nobody and nothing around could hear the screams of the little boy, neither the old man, nor the sun, nor the mountains, and not even the wind. All went on living like they always did, in the eternal rightness of their neverchanging world, in which it proved impossible to notice that on that very special day, something very special had happened indeed

(next instalment on Monday 12th January 2009)

By Miki


January 8, 2009 - Posted by | Art, books, Cafe L'Arte, Cafe Literati, illustrations, Miki's Paintings, Miki's Tale Bubble Boy, writing | , , , , , , , ,


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  2. Love it!

    Comment by viv66 | January 8, 2009

  3. Thank you, Viv!

    Comment by Miki | January 8, 2009

  4. To see Bubble Boy and the illustrations brought back from obscurity and resurrected on Cafe Literati is indeed a story in and of itself.
    To have found another novel makes this mystery fascinating.
    I have read all of what you have written and all the comments and from this little village in Quebec Canada in the remote mountain village where everything here is French, I speak with a thundering voice that echoes through the pine trees and the sleeping cotton woods the joy of reading your writing.
    Doesn’t it strike you very hard that all of the energy once put into your writing and then lost is found and given new life again here on Cafe Literati?
    It is lucky for us the reader to follow this splendid saga of both story, writer and the journey home to Cafe Literati!!!!

    Comment by Michael | January 9, 2009

  5. What a wonderful comment, Michael… very touching to imagine that mountain village and the cotton woods and you there reading my and other people’s here in Café Literati.
    Life is something very strange… as I got my book back, after 25 years of having being lost, I was over the moon, and Kevin took, and he convinced me to translate it and try to publish it. I was not so keen on it, but I started working on the translation, to stop again later on because I had other priorities. And i forgot it again… this is only as we had the idea of Cafe Literati that it suddenly came back to my mind and I decided to publish it.
    If I put me back at the time and in the situation I wrote it, no chance really to imagine where it would “land”!!! and honestly there is no better place for it because I cherish this place, deeply in my heart

    Comment by Miki | January 9, 2009

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  7. I am so enjoying this! By the way, I noticed that you inverted the colors of the bubble boy’s shirt and pants, just like your godson did in his picture.

    Comment by psychscribe | February 12, 2009

  8. Yes, this is funny, Psych, with the inverted colours… but I guess we had different reasons: I did it as a symbol how “inverted” children are sometime-.. meaning saying yes when the parents want to hear a “no’ and the contrary!

    Comment by Miki | February 12, 2009

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