Top of the World

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Top of the World

This is the happiest day of Manny’s life. Finally, after months of painstaking and gruelling effort, he is quite literally on top of the world.

The view is spectacular. He can see everything from up here. Tiny cities and hills and valleys and farms and pastures. Little people going about their boring routines without ever accomplishing anything and never knowing what else there is in life. He feels like a king, a conqueror who has braved wind, weather, and disappointed parents to rule over the land of all the lesser folk.

And that is when the anthill Manny is standing on gets crushed by a girl on her way to school.

Manny barely survives. But he was never the one to quit. Realizing that there is a much bigger world out there than he could have dreamed, Manny befriends this girl. She is quite fascinated by a talking tiny person, and Manny, in turn, learns everything there is to know about this new world of large people.
“Where is the top of your world?” he asks the girl one day.

“Er… there is the North Pole, but it will be too cold for you up there,” the girl answers. “Oh, and there’s also the Mount Everest. Tallest mountain in the world. But that’s super cold too.”

“Which one would be less cold and easier to get to?”


After many years of preparing, hitchhiking, and staying clear of stomping feet, Manny manages to reach the top of Mount Everest. His pride and satisfaction is unmatched. He has reached the top of this newfound world, a feat very few large people can accomplish and none in his old home can even imagine. The icy wind blows in his face, but Manny holds on, enjoying the glory of his accomplishment.

And that is when one of our alien overlords catches the Earth in a whopping end to their game of celestial cricket.

“Look, Zorg,” says the alien overlord who has caught the Earth to his friend, “there’s someone sitting on top of this thorn I stuck on this ball as a joke.”

Manny is both shocked and excited. He never knew there could be so much more out there to explore and conquer. If only his ex-girlfriend could see him now.

“Good sirs!” Manny shouts out to the alien overlords. “I’m on sort of a quest. Can you tell me where is the top of your world?”

The aliens cock their head in puzzlement. And Manny looks to see where they are. As far as his eyes can make out, there are aliens floating in space, suspended in gigantic bubbles of air, going about their business with happy abandon. All around them, there is only space and nothingness.  No up or down or sideways.

Manny looks down at himself and the supposed thorn that is the Mount Everest. Reluctantly, he admits to himself, it’s probably time to find a new life ambition.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.

2 comments on “Top of the World

  1. I love it! No matter how high you reach there’s always something bigger and better. Nice story 😀

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