Hula was unique, different. Hula did not belong. 

Hula’s only desire was to belong.

As a newborn, she was found in the desert alone. The scientists finding her, adopted her, but were amazed that she was not burnt by the sun nor harmed by creatures. They were loving but distant; never inspiring a sense of belonging. 

Her first day of kindergarten was her last. The word “Freak” echoed around the playground as her skin and hair burned bluish in the sun. Cornered  by her tormentors like bloodthirsty predators, sparks flew from her fingers. 

From that day on, Hula was home schooled. She home schooled herself. 

Not belonging made her feel awkward and it really hurt. She was lost, mislaid, out of place. After reading Dr. Seuss’ “Sneetches”, Hula concluded that although it was painful not belonging, she would manage.

Like white sequins the swans swam elegantly across the water, but then abruptly viciously attacked the black swan. Hula rushed in, arms flailing and rescued the cygnet whose only crime was being different, not belonging. 

Walking aimlessly through town, she saw some men strike a pathetically thin teenager. Hateful memories of being bullied as a teenager re-emerged. After a flashing display of Krav Maga, Hula walked away with her arms around the albino teen.  

Daydreamily fishing, Hula saw something thrown from the next boat then heard piteous yelping. Hula was horrified; a helpless puppy was being used as bait. Without a thought, she dived into the sea and rescued the pup. While hugging the cross eyed pup, Hula efficiently cut off the fishermen’s curses by damaging their hull with her anchor. 

Over the years, Hula saved many who did not belong. 

A starship landed. Her blue skinned people beckoned her with a promise of belonging. A few minutes later, the starship was just a speck in the evening sky.

To everyone or everything that Hula had saved, she had given a sense of belonging. So Hula knew she could not leave earth. Although she would never belong, Hula realized it was in her to make others feel they belonged.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago

Great story, Margarida. And I learned a great lesson from your story. It is so captivating and engaging. I feel so happy that Hula finally realized it was in her to make others feel they belonged. Well done. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Margarida Brei
8 months ago

You’re welcome, Margarida. Yes, you are right.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

An interesting story about an alien living among humans. A good job. Well done.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

I really enjoyed this story Margarida. Your protagonist’s protective tendencies towards those who are different was very touching, and I love that she recognised that she was needed to help others like her to belong. Nicely done.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Margarida, this is so often the case that people who are hurting themselves, tend to others’ needs and help lessen their hurt. I’m happy that Hula decided to stay and I hope that those she helped would return the favour by giving her a sense of belonging too!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
Reply to  Margarida Brei
7 months ago

You are welcome, Margarida!

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