Welcome to the 2022 April A to Z Challenge! Each day (minus Sundays) in the month of April will feature a short work of fiction based on a random word beginning with the corresponding letter of the day. Those random words will be provided by various friends and family members throughout the month. Today’s word, universe, was provided by my friend, Erin. Each story is loosely connected to the one before but will make more sense if you read them all in order. To go back to the beginning to see where this madness began, click here…
At the center of the known universe, one would find the planet Oa, home to the immortal Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lantern Corps. It wasn’t really the center of the universe. It was close… But the Guardians were simply too arrogant to claim anything less.
One of the Guardians, Ganthet, stepped out of his place in the council’s circle to address the gathered group. “Darkseid is moving against the Earth.”
“We are aware of this, Ganthet,” said one of the blue-skinned immortals. “We have sensed the aggression just as you have.”
“Then we must not delay in sending the Corps to assist Earth’s heroes!” argued Ganthet.
Of all the Guardians of the Universe, Ganthet was the only one who seemed to have a soft spot for humanity. In recent years, he had worked closely with several Green Lanterns who each hailed from Earth. He had learned a great deal about the importance of utilizing emotion in battle, rather than dealing only in cold logic as the rest of his brethren tended to do.
“We must do no such thing,” stated another Guardian with an air of finality.
But Ganthet was far from finished. “My friends, do not be blind to the important role that Earth plays in our universe. No… in our multiverse.” He waited for an argument from another voice on the council. Then he continued, “We must all concede that it is no coincidence that Green Lantern rings have found their way to six humans. And this happens in spite of our law that each sector in the universe be patrolled by no more than two Lanterns apiece! We have six from not only the same sector, but the same world!”
“Then if those six human Lanterns are so special, perhaps they will be enough to hold back the advance of the New Gods,” said the same Guardian who declared that the Corps would not be sent to Earth.
“I implore you, do not be ignorant of Darkseid’s egregious actions. He will not stop with the Earth. That is merely the beginning of his plans for conquest. If the Earth should fall, nothing will stand in the way of Darkseid’s discovery of the Anti-Life Equation. Once that happens, worlds and entire sectors will fall away like dominoes.”
Confusion swept the council. “What are dominoes?” asked the female named Sayd.
Ganthet couldn’t help but smile. Of course they didn’t know what dominoes were. An Earth invention, as ancient as they are, would be far beneath the scope of what the Guardians considered important to be knowledgeable of. While describing dominoes, Ganthet utilized his access to the Central Power Battery to generate a green light construct that depicted a line of dominoes. As one toppled over, it knocked over the next, and the next, and so on.
“You forget, Ganthet,” said the Guardian known as Scar, “we have a truce with Apokolips. It’s a truce that has been in place for hundreds of thousands of years.”
“My friend, we have a truce that denies us access to Apokolips itself. We cannot make a move against Darkseid. Nothing prevents us from defending Earth from Apokoliptan forces.”
Sayd continued staring at Ganthet’s green dominoes, lying one on top of another. The rest of the counsel mumbled to themselves. Finally, Scar spoke again. “Our decision is final. Earth is on its own. The six Lanterns who call Earth home will suffice in the defense of the planet against Darkseid’s coming invasion.”
Ganthet dropped his gaze to the floor of the chamber. A part of him knew he should not be surprised by the council’s decision to abstain from taking action. But he had hope that they would be swayed by his arguments. Hope, he thought, I should return to the Blue Lanterns. No doubt they will assist Earth.
As the council dispersed, Sayd approached Ganthet. She knew he was disappointed and took his hand. Ganthet was not expecting the sudden physical contact, but he welcomed it when he saw who was attached to the hand that had grabbed his own. “I’m sorry,” she said, “For immortals, they sure are a bunch of short-sighted fools.”
“They won’t show concern until it’s far too late,” Ganthet said, sadness filling his voice.
Sayd squeezed Ganthet’s hand. “Come. Let us at least warn our six human friends. It’s very likely that the people of Earth are unaware of what’s to come.”
These characters are not my own. The Guardians of the Universe, the Green Lanterns, and all related characters are the property of DC Comics. This is a work of fan fiction and is just for fun. Please don’t sue me.