T H E C O L O U R .
I m a g i n e a w o r l d w i t h o u t c o l o u r . . . This was a world where you didn’t see
colour until about five. Where the colours you saw changed every once in
a while, they could be vivid or faded or neon or inverted or even flashing
different colours. The sick or broken did not see any colour. And some
people were different.
Different like Stella. Stella saw her colours at birth and her little face
had lit up when she saw them. Eventually Stella grew older. Stella’s oldest
sibling Brandon was in his final year of highschool and Her Older sister
Avery was in her third year of highschool. Stella also had two little
brothers, Travis and Edmond, both in elementary school with her. She got
along decently with her siblings and they all loved each other. She and her
siblings had a great life and each had great plans for their futures. She
hoped her ability to see all the colours would help her a little. Stella knew
she was special, but Stella did not know how important her role in the
Stella is now 13 and in eighth grade. She walked alongside her younger
siblings on their way to school. In her right hand she held on to Edmonds
soft hand, in the other she held his backpack. Edmond was very tiny and
his backpack got very heavy for him, although he was only in senior
kindergarten, he was expected to grow more. Stella made sure to spend
lots of time with him so she could see his face when he first sees his
“Slow down Travis!” called Edmond.
In front of them sped their 9 year old brother Travis. He was in the fourth
grade and tended to rush things. He always felt like he had to do things
earlier because he saw his colours at 6, that was pretty late considering
almost everyone saw colours at 5.
“But we’re gonna be late!” he replied
“We are not going to be late Travis” Stella reassured him
As they walked through the park Stella gently tugged Edmonds hand to
walk a little faster to catch up to Travis, her colours changed. Stella had
only once seen in all black an white since the day she was born and her
colours usually changed twice a day. Today her colours were bright and
vivid although she saw a symbol on the lamp post in a colour she never
saw before. She was confused at first then was brought back to attention
when Edmond tugged her hand to tell her it was time to cross the street.
They crossed the street and Stella decided she would look at the symbol
When Stella sat down at her desk she was informed by Mrs.Burns that
today they would be doing the colours test. Everyone in eighth grade was
required to do the colours test. It was a standardized test. After she
spread her desk apart from the others and she was handed a white paper
booklet. Then she was handed some bulky glasses. These glasses were
specially designed to make you see the colours you already have on the
paper. Stella assumed that most of her classmates would have many of
their boxes empty because she knew that she could see many more
colours than the others. Stella put on the big bulky glasses and got down
to business. She had checked off every box in the paper booklet and
flipped over to the last page.
The colour she saw this morning on the lamp post was stamped crookedly
into the back of the book along with writing in the same colour that read
“ If you can see this you can see all the colours. You have two options.
1.) Join us. Go to the park after school and follow the symbol in T he Colour .
when you find the final place meet us there at 11:37 pm. Sharp.
2.) Leave it alone and by tomorrow you will forget about all of this and not
be able to see T he Colour .
Stella was very confused. At least it described the symbol on the lamp.
Stella knew where to start.
After Stella got through her nail-biting, anxious day, she took her younger
brothers home and left them with her older sister and brother Brandon
and Avery who came home from highschool earlier. They thankfully
understood she wanted to go to play at the park. Or so they thought. She
took her phone and left. She hated having to carry her phone everywhere
with her, but she needed to in case of an emergency.
She walked through the park until she found the lamp post. She studied
the sign and made out a dragon-like creature with two swords through it.
Under the symbol she saw an arrow pointing towards the creek. She
followed the arrow and was surprised when she got there to see red
streaking from under the bridge. “There must be a source,” she thought.
She followed the trail under the bridge and looked up to see a dispenser
like thing camouflaged into the underside of the bridge. On it was a rolled
up note attached to a string. It hung over the water and Stella knew she
would not be able to reach it without getting very wet. She also could not
climb too well and would probably fall off. At last she decided that she
could make a makeshift net out of her jacket, considering that the note
looked laminated. She tied the sleeves to sticks and took off her shoes and
wadded into the brook and stuck the sticks into the ground, positioned to
catch the dispenser when it fell. She grabbed a couple rockets to throw at
the dispenser. She secretly hoped that some of the colour stayed in it and
didn’t dilute so she could put it on a paper and put it somewhere in her
room. She missed the first time she threw a rock but the second was spot
on and knocked the dispenser off the underside of the bridge. The
dispenser fell into the water and floated right into Stella’s jacket trap.
Stella ran to retrieve it. She grabbed the dispenser and studied the area
where the rock hit it. There was a small dent but most damage was only
minimal. It took her a solid 10 minutes to find the off switch and turn the
dispenser off. Someone had cleverly designed the dispenser with the
ability to camouflage. Her phone beeped meaning it was time to start
As she carried the dispenser home in her soaking jacket Stella thought
about a possible excuse for her wet jacket.
After Stella got home she took off her shoes and went through the
mudroom into the laundry room. She untied to note and slipped it into her
pocket. She hid the dispenser cleverly underneath a hat in her cubby. She
rinsed her jacket of any dirt from the brook and put it to dry in the dryer.
She went to her room and put her note under her pillow along with a
flashlight. She completed her homework, played with Edmond and had
dinner with her family when her parents got home from work. After
everyone went to bed Stella untied the string that was the same colour as
the symbol and read the note.
Meet us at the park under the bridge. Stand on the sewer grate at 11:36
and when the time is 11:37 you will meet us. Good luck. Don’t get caught.
Stella was surprised when the string that she untied the paper from made
a quiet pop and smoothly started to un-compacted like the towels that
you put in water and they expand. Stella waited patiently for the string to
stop expanding and after 15 seconds Stella was excited to find a bodysuit
that wasT he Colour . She put it on and it was strangely her exact size. The
suit came with built in shoes that were lighter than a cloud, a hood that
came with a mask and several hidden pockets and that had a touchpad in
on her right forearm that had heating and cooling, different suit features
like sticky-suit mode, glowing-suit mode, finger flashlights, under-water
mode, invisible mode, self sizing, rescue, transportation and more. Stella
figured that T he Colour might be invisible to people already but she
thought invisible mode was still pretty cool.
Stella brushed her hair into a tight ponytail and shoved her good luck
charm into her pocket. Her phone was with Avery and Brandon’s phones
and Travis and Edmond’s Ipads away somewhere downstairs where her
parents confiscated them each night, so she couldn’t bring that. She
supposedly already had a rescue function so she could use that.
Stella left her window unlocked earlier, popped the screen out and opened
it a crack. Now she fully opened it and stepped outside into her backyard.
Stella walked and when she reached the park she went straight under the
bridge and started to look for the sewer cover. It took her a little bit to find
the grate, it happened to be in the water. Stella tried out her new
underwater mode so she did not get wet. It felt weird to go in the water
and not get wet. Stella was confused as she had to stand on the grate in
the first place. She checked her watch and saw she was ten minutes early.
She played a bit with her new suit and when the time came at exactly 11:37
writing in T he Colour was projected from somewhere that read “Hold your
“Hold your brea-?”
Stella barely had time to react when the grate slid open from under her
feet. She inhaled as much air as she could and fell down.
The inside did not smell nearly as bad as she would have thought.
Although that may have been because some water went up her nose
falling down. The inside was like a water slide. Just when Stella was about
to run out of breath she came down and got more water up her nose. She
stood up and a puddle of water came out of her nose and onto the floor
next to the water slide thing.
She looked up to see an old man and a woman standing near the far end
of the room. The room itself was not big and bright but easily could fit 25
people. Stella realized that people of various ages stood all around the
room, all looking at her. Some of them even looked familiar. She looked
down at the feet and said “Sorry.” She felt embarrassed. The oldest man
was pushed in his wheelchair by a woman slightly younger than him. He
looked pretty much normal except the huge scar on his arm and his
“Stella Bachman, Do you swear to risk your life for everyone to see equally,
and to cure the blind?” He croaked in a tough voice.
Stella remembered Violet, her blind friend who is now in the hospital. She
begged to see colour and wished for it every time she got the chance.
Stella remembered the tears coming for her white milky eyes.
“Yes, I swear to risk my life for sight equality and to help the blind.”
To Be Continued…