Proteus is a prototype human (beta release) living in Gondwanaland in the Jurassic era. Part one is here.
As it happened, Proteus could not speak with sounds:
when he opened his mouth and set his throat to vibrate,
glowing bubbles, leafy baubles, necklaced seeds,
a myriad of elemental protozoan shapes,
floated from his lips, sparking, drifting through the trees.
My return, he thought, the balance of me,
being made from nothing,
to which I must revert.
I might not sing the sweet love calls
of the gentle diplodocus, or, like the pterodactyl,
screech to my compadres to scatter
timid herds of mammals,
and yet I see no need for sounds of care or anger.
A couple of minutes later, Proteus changed his mind.
In a pool of faded lunar light,
he found a tiny mummified body,
neither reptile nor mammal.
He cupped it in his hand
and addressed it with cascading firefly points
and glow-worm dashes, a little like Morse code.
Oh curious creature, your tail was long
but your life was short,
and your genus and species are mysteries
that humans may never solve.
Like you, I have lived my life tenuously,
unable to ascertain who I am
or where I’m going.
I will wear your body on a necklace
against my heart, as soon as I determine
precisely where that is.
And I’ll travel far and wide,
peddling my encyclopedia
until I find a place where your
delicate bones may be preserved,
and some short-sighted paleontologist
will unearth them in the distant future.
In that way, I’ll ensure your fame,
the recognition of your kind.
But the chameleon-like creature,
whose skin resembled powdery dust,
had merely been napping.
It awoke abruptly, bit off a sample
of Proteus’ little finger,
scurried along his arm and fled.
*Although he could ride an encyclopedia at up to 20km/h, Proteus did not know the extent of Gondwanaland.
after the future, when there is nothing on television (part above). Evolved from clouds by VEE, the visual evolution engine.