A voice from within the gem spoke… a voice that sounded similar to Nitsua’s, but the cadence was different, softer. “We are safe here,” the voice said.
The Gaylords went silent, until it was Aliya that first spoke. Aliya was small in stature, but large in personality. She was the best at bringing people together, and there was no other Gaylord who could be more capable of speaking to a mysterious voice inside a gem. “Where are you?” Aliya spoke with distinction and confidence.
“Outerspace? I think? We’re not sure, but it’s just…. us.” The voice laughed, oozing with genuineness. “And there’s color. And beauty. And plants! And there’s no President. No hate. We’re safe.”
The more the voice from the gem spoke, the more similar to Nitsua it sounded. Ali continued, “Are you one of Nitsua’s clones?”
“I don’t know who Nitsua is. But we are all hot as hell! So if we are his clones, thanks for that!”
Aliya spoke, asking her fellow Gaylords. “Could the cloning machine have acted as a portal?”
Nitsua scoffed, “That doesn’t make sense…”
Nax chimed in, “It was the gem. It had to be the gem.”
The gem glittered in the sun, sassy, as if it knew exactly what it had done.
Aliya asked the voice inside of the gem, “Do you have a gem there? A rainbow gem?”
The voice remarked, “Girl, we have tons of gems!”
“Rainbow gems?” Aliya asked.
“Red gems,” said the voice.
“Rainbow gems?” Aliya asked.“Red gems,” said the voice. The Earth-bound Gaylords erupted into a symphony of questions, opinions, ideas, suspicions… had the cloning machine somehow fragmented the stone and sent the clones to outerspace? Maybe they needed to break the gem into fragments? Maybe they needed to clone more Gaylords? Maybe they needed to clone more gems? If the gem could be cloned, could they each have their own gem? What if the gem really was a portal to a better place? A safe place? Could they all go there?“Everyone, quiet!” Aliya’s voice boomed over the crowd, and there was silence. “We asked The Universe to send us hope! And now, there is a person, a human on the other side of this gem saying there is a place where there is hope, where we can be safe, where we can live our lives free of the suffocating binary.”Nitsua grabbed the gem and put it back into his pocket, protecting it. “Tonight, we rest. Tomorrow, we plan our next steps. We all want the same thing… we will work together to get it, to create the world we deserve. And we will succeed. I know it. But first, rest.”