Blue Pond and Galaxy by Alexander Seedman
Alexander Seedman reverts back to childhood in this timeless holiday classic. Eleven years old is a tough time for anybody. Friends surround young Alexander. He thinks of sexy thoughts. That’s no good. Sexy thoughts belong to kids older than the age of eleven. While Alexander might be eleven he’s having erotic thoughts on a 7th grade level. This is impressive. How else are they supposed to entertain themselves in the frigid moisture? Well Eldar has a way of keeping Alexander entertained.
Poor Alexander is pinned down. Some spit reaches Alexander. There he is just a boy in the world and that’s all that they’ll let him be. Ana watches the whole thing. Despite Alexander’s powerlessness she refuses to help him. Rather Alexander needs to learn about this kind of thing on his own. Frigid moisture surrounds all of them. Perhaps there would be less frigid moisture if they kept their hands to themselves. But that’s not happen. All of them are bored lost far away from anyone else. They act like ‘Lord of the Flies’ if Lord of the Flies took place in the tundra.
The center of the forest beckons them. Ana comes up with the idea. Alexander seems to support it. Eldar finds it distasteful that Ana kisses Alexander. Since Eldar spat on Alexander’s face he’s probably not a particularly good judge for what is a good or bad idea. All he knows is what ideas are. Otherwise he completely lacks any input into this situation. Eldar watches on while the adult-like children make plans for themselves. Eventually the suggestion comes up to look for Barney’s desecrated corpse. As this is 1998 the Barney corpse would still be able to be found. Barney had no friends by the end of his life. By the end of Barney’s life he was doing drugs and drinking heavily. His friends were long gone. Even Baby Bop left Barney so she could pursue a career in dentistry.
Objective reasons for not entering the forest are listed by Alexander. Many of these show a great deal of thought. Clearly Alexander has thought long and hard about the consequences of entering the forest as some little punk snot-nosed brat. Nature would end their childhood. Here Alexander mentions POGS but POGS were totally over around 1998. Yes in the mid-90s POGS were a big thing. By the late 90s POGS had passed in exchange for Limp Bizkit and Nu-Metal.
They skip into the woods. The woods look at them. The forest will protect them from growing up. Every forest is just a hide-away from growing up. That’s why squirrels and bears hang out there. Animals dislike responsibility. Growing up is hard for humans. Animals have it easy. Alexander Seedman is the forest dweller of alt lit.