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Bubble Boy – 5 –

Bubble Boy - 5 -

Bubble Boy - 5 -

(Original German Version)

(Bubble Boy – 1 -) (Bubble Boy – 4 -)

And in the same way as Bub stared at the big shining ball with eyes wide open, the ball was staring at Bub too, with two equally wide open eyes.

This ball -you surely guessed= was our beautiful, lovely Moon- and she was simply amazed to meet in the sky another ball which had, like her, two eyes. Until this instant she had thought that she was the only celestial body in the whole  Universe to have two eyes! Never had she met, in her long old journeys through the All, something like this, so round, so transparent and shimmering in her own light, and whose eyes hung in such a funny tiny body which never stopped wriggling within the ball.

Bub, on the contrary, didn´t know anything about the Universe and its Possibilities and Impossibilities, and was simply infinitely happy to finally meet somebody, who, he thought, would free him from his cage. He  stood up again, and started to scream:

„Help, help, please help me get out of here!”

and waved his hands, arms, head and even legs around, trying to get from the Moon even more attention than he already had!  But the soap bubble slowly floated by the Moon, so slowly that Bub could follow his own reflection in the Moon’s eyes. He waved and waved, but there was nothing the Moon could have done for him, not even waved back to say goodbye. In the last moment, before she became lost to his field of view, Bub even saw a tear running down her cheek and understood, that this chance was lost.

The Moon had understood, in the meanwhile, that the eyes, arms and legs didn´t belong to the bubble itself, but to one of those creatures which she had seen many times down on the Earth and which always looked up to her, in  a dreamy mood. Three of them had even visited her one day. They had arrived in a ridiculous machine and had landed on her cheek. They had then stomped about on her face and almost poked  one of her eyes out with a stick. But luckily they left quickly, and had never come back. The Moon had wondered about this visit, but not so much really, because she had already noticed that the people from Earth always had the craziest ideas . She had wondered above all about the fact that these 3 guys were enormous compared to the tiny ones she saw on the Earth. Tiny like Bub in fact. But as we said, she was used to the craziness of the Earth people, and had stopped long ago to ask questions about them!

And now once again, one of these creatures was in front of him., this time in a transparent ball. Some minutes ago it was still wriggling and wriggling, opening and closing  his mouth like a fish. Yes, the Moon, so old and wise, even knew of fish, in particular, a very special one, the so-called „moonfish“ – Although he had never seen one so far. Was that perhaps a moonfish? And now the strange creature sat again in his bubble, totally quiet, as if nothing had happened. But as I said, the moon was wise and understood that something was wrong with him in there, it was just that he had no idea what.

He decided to wait and watch and see what would happen.

Then suddenly the moon saw something flying directly towards the bubble. ..

(next instalment on Monday 19th January 2009)

By Miki


January 15, 2009 - Posted by | books, Cafe L'Arte, Cafe Literati, Miki's Paintings, Miki's Tale Bubble Boy, painting, personal, women, writing | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. The bit about the moon landing made me smile and think of The Clangers…
    Lovely stuff.

    Comment by viv66 | January 15, 2009

  2. Thanks, Viv. Of course I had no idea what are The Clangers, but of course Kevin knows and showed them to me in Youtube (The intruder). Cute funny stuff!

    Comment by Miki | January 15, 2009

  3. Oh but the Clangers are so much more than that…
    When they made them, there was a proper script that the narrator had to say, but using the whistle. So on one occasions when Major Clanger was trying to shut a door, the script said, The ****** door is stuck again which came out as whistles.
    There are some lovely storylines that are really very wise. We have both series on video…they are Nigel’s, he also has Pingu videos too.

    Comment by viv66 | January 15, 2009

  4. The irony of course with the story of the (undoubtable) genius Oliver Postgate, is that he really didn’t care for children at all, and yet could speak to them through his creations as few others could. Phil Jupitus, commenting on his obituary in The Guardian quite correctly stated that Postgate instinctively knew that his viewers age group didn’t need 100mph cartoons, they would be excited by “a finger puppet made out of lavatory paper, or a light being switched on and off”. Noggin the Nog, my personal favourite, is described by Jupitus as having an “incantatory quality” and indeed it has. Postgate: The Children’s genius who didn’t like children.

    Comment by kevmoore | January 16, 2009

  5. That’s a fascinating insight, Kev. Beatrix Potter apparently didn’t like children either.
    As for Noggin the Nog, I suspect that started my love of sagas and heroes and all that side of things.
    I don’t claim to be a genius but I work with young people and don’t actually like them…but for some utterly bizarre and incalculable reason they like me and appreciate the lessons I do, or the tours. They are also ever so slightly afraid of me(cerianly to start with. Must be the fact that I look like a Viking), which I feel is as close to healthy respect as teenagers often get.
    I confess that Bagpuss is my favourite; I even have a Bagpus hotwater bottle.

    Comment by viv66 | January 16, 2009

  6. That lost chance got me but I know there will be another because the story is not over yet. Perhaps the boy had a lesson to learn. We will see. After all there has to be a happy ending, right? Great writing Miki and Illustrations. Lovely match.

    Comment by Michael | January 16, 2009

  7. Thanks Michael. Your appreciation is very important to me.
    You won’t believe iy, but with each new chapter I translate from German to English I rediscover the story myself. I really don’t remember exactly how the story goes on…

    Comment by Miki | January 16, 2009

  8. I suppose its better that way Miki (not remembering how the story goes on)because then its new and fresh and feeds your curiosity. Another thing is in rediscovering the story after all these years you have grown as a person, gained wisdom from your experiences and your creative well must be much deeper. As a result the story is probably writing itself beyond the actual translation.(like those moments when you say,”Ahh!” So that is what I was considering when I read your comment.

    Comment by Michael | January 17, 2009

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