In 1975, Stephen Hawking showed that the principles of quantum mechanics would mean that a black hole emits a slow stream of particles and would eventually evaporate.
You'd think I was some sort of foreigner, the way they are avoiding me all the time, I get close and “poof” they move away Its like I have an odour, haven’t showered for days my breath must stink and I haven’t changed my undies for weeks . But it’s not so I think they avoid me coz I know something they don’t.
I know that presently we are to merge; No No merge is the wrong word transformation is better.
We are to become something together that individually we are not capable of being, something so much more. I realise I am only a small part of…... a bit player in the theatre of life however I am an essential piece in this chess board and thus deserve better treatment not as a pariah sans rights, opinion or even a vote as to what happens.
That lot need to remember without me they are just the same old charged particles floating in the same circle, They don’t get to grow, progress or make any headway in this world .Change is the only constant !!!
There were an inordinate amount of rumours buzzing back and forth amongst us, conjecture abounded. Still ne’re a one of us understood what it meant. A wise man once said “Things used to be so simple”. Yesterday I overheard two words” Dihydrogen monoxide” ominous sounding eh!? Apparently it’s our future.
How remiss of me I haven’t introduced my family. In alphabetical order then.
Edward he’s kind of surly most of the time conversely he plays the flute like an angel next up is Eldritch the eldest brother Obsessed with languages he speaks German, French, Spanish, Greek and Latin boring us with the same story in all five of them .
Ellie is the girl I love she is all kinds of beautiful has the greenest eyes you ever saw and a laugh that thrills my entire being. Her sister Emily by contrast is a little brat getting in everyone’s business but a nice enough person all the same. Englebert is a big redheaded lummox of a boy all arms and legs.
I’m next up Ernie’s my moniker and I spose I am the spokesman of the family ,self-anointed possibly I organise and coordinate our events ,keep a calendar of appointments etc. and consume myself with anxiety about the others.
Esmeralda’s nickname is Emmy she has buck teeth is pigeon toed lanky and is clumsy in all ways and we love her. Evie is the baby of the family thus is spoiled beyond measure. Naomi, quite nondescript not in a mean way you understand she’s just a plain Jane.
Then there is the triplets Natasha, Nathaniel and Nikita they pretty much keep to themselves and speak a language unique to them. Ned is a typical pre-teen and enjoys nothing more than lying in the sun dreaming his day away. Neil tends to read a lot Nellie gets transfixed by wallpaper, Neville believes he’s a rabbit and thus nibbles continuously.
Pamela the astrologer of the team, she expounds incessantly on the need to stay positive and how this determines our wellbeing, or some such nauseating thing. Pascal our nurse tends to our wounds and delights in telling the world how good we are. Patrick plucks the guitar and has a penchant for 50s rock tunes and meditation.
Paul loves his sports the fittest of us all, believes health leads to happiness .Philip is a Buddhist and gallivants about in his toga chanting and slapping a tambourine, quite an annoyance actually. Philomena an atheist is convinced science will pave the way to nirvana. Priscilla skips, dances, handstands and cartwheels her way through life with a bright affixed smile and cheerful nature that quite frankly gets tiresome.
Anyhow that’s it twenty four of us in all, Eight by three distinct elements is how our parents described us and therefore named us according to our charged nature, whatever that is supposed to mean.
We are all off to a Merge rage party now, none of us understands what that is but we are young dumb and full of energy so off we rumble. The venue is an old school in Havelock and you’ll never guess who attended there in the early 20th century. Yes my great great uncle the esteemed Ernest Rutherford amazing eh?!
We walk in the place sounding like it was rocking but it turns out there was a sum total of 28 of us there besides the band of course, a local covers group known as the Q.P. Dolls. They played this one number called Entanglements! It got us all up on the dance floor including the hydro family nice peeps they were too, four cuzzies in all. Piper, Pandora, Edgar and Elspeth. Almost instantly we are dancing simpatico not only that but we started mirroring each other’s moves .You could tell some sick shit was about to go down.
Next morning we gather outside in the quadrangle and sure enough things are very different, whereas before my family the Oxys and the others were your run of the mill odourless gas types suddenly we look down at ourselves and a transformation has begun, we have become this clear liquidy substance that seems to run amok without any sort of control.
Well you can imagine our surprise when next thing we know the media gets a whiff of what’s happened and labels us the H20’s then some others get a taste of what we’re about and call us the “Elixir of life” all sorts of weird and wonderful sobriquets start emerging. We all put our heads together and decided we would cash in on this instant fame thing and thus branded ourselves “The Quantum Mechanics” cool eh!? I mostly thought of that, the others wanted to go with “The Water Boys” or what was the other one? Oh yeah “Cool Clear Water” stupid eh? Oh well whatever floats your boat I suppose. T.T.F.N. Ernie.