Part 2 - Sentience
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Mung stepped carefully through the wooded forest ground. His eyes were sharp, but his sense of smell was sharper. His nose caught sent of something he had never smelled before. He hobbled forward a few more steps from knuckle to foot. Finding food quickly was imperative. The predators of the forest could easily make a snack out of him.
A twig snapped behind him. He spun around prepared to defend himself as best he could. He was relieved to see it was only his mate, Smar. She grinned, exposing her sharp canines. Her hairy arms gestured him to hurry up. He gestured back, but with a few grunts and squeals, as primitive ape-like creatures so often do.
Normally Mung would settle for berries and insects when they were in dangerous areas, but with his mate this far into gestation, he had to find something more nutritious. He turned back to the smell he had noted before. A few more quick scans revealed a large mushroom on the forest floor. He smelled it closely for any sent of poison. It smelled like his armpit, but not toxic. He quickly scooped it up in his fingers and signaled to Smar that he had something. Quickly they both ascended high into the forest canopy.
Smar smelled the proposed meal carefully. It smelled odd to her. Not dangerous, but more like Mung's armpit. She took a large bite and chewed the fungus slowly, tasting for anything toxic. Nothing. She swallowed the bite quickly and took another. Mung quickly grabbed the remaining piece and took a bite. He hadn't really eaten in days, so waiting for her to eat her fill skipped his mind. He chewed the bland but armpitty food and swallowed. It satiated him enough to remind him of what was important, and he gave the mushroom back to Smar.
Smar took a few more bites and sat back as the empty feeling in her stomach began to fade. It wasn't a lizard or bird, but it would work. She handed the rest to Mung who quickly finished it. They both sat back against the large trunk and let the food digest.
Mung started to close his eyes and drift off to sleep when he was jolted awake. Upon opening his eyes he noticed that the forest canopy looked very different. The trees seemed to be whispering while they were swaying in the gentle breeze. Their leaves were bright and much more vivid than he remembered. Then all at once, he felt as though he was falling. He grabbed what he thought was the branch, but the feeling persisted. He let out screams of panicand realized he could hear Smar doing the same. She was no where to be seen. The forest had disappeared and he was now surrounded by an enormous stretch of blackness. Only small dots of light broke the vast dark. He could now see Smar. She was very far away, but seemed to be moving towards him slowly. He barked to her. He was relieved when she barked back. Soon their bodies met and they embraced each other in relief and fear.
Mung stroked her head as they hung there in the coldness of infinity. Suddenly they saw a large blue sphere below them. Smar whined a few sad tones. Her confusion was obvious and shared by Mung. He feared the worst. Their small family was at an end and there was nothing he could do.
Just as he began to close his eyes, Smar gasped. Mung looked up to see a brilliant light approaching them at incredible speed. He took a deep breath.
“Crap” he thought.
In a huge blast, it collided with them sending them both spinning apart. Mung reached for Smar but was unable to feel or see anything. His eyes were still overcome by the intense blinding light. His mind felt stretched and thin and the falling feeling returned. He laid back and waited for impact. He thought about Smar, then nothingness.
Mung slowly woke, and as his senses returned he began to notice a hand running through his head hair. He opened his eyes to see Smar looking down at him. She was smiling and had a small tear in her eye. He began to fling his arms around wildly. The gestures were accompanied by squeaks and grunts, which roughly translates into “What the hell was that?”
A dialog box popped up in front of Dougy's head. He was reclined on his bed absorbing the latest issue of Marnimal Man. A woman's voice filled the room.
“Sentience achieved. Time is no longer accelerated.”
“Took you long enough.” Dougy quipped. He threw down the plasmo-comic and stepped back into the ASD. “Lets see what we have here.”