The Prodigies

The Prodigies

Leonardo Furtado

Sebastião Pomba is a Portuguese scientist well known because of his researches and scholarships offered to great students of sciences and engineering. His greatest disgust is being as far from achieving his goal as when he dreamed it.

When Raquel, his deceased wife and known historian, was still alive, both found an ancient document in Latin that, in short, said that one day would come to this world five young orphans to save it from its misfortune, which with prestige gifts. That was the problem. In a so big world how could he find those five kids? That was why he started the scholarships program. In a time when science was in an ever growing evolution, he hoped to find at least one of the kids the prophecy mentioned. But Sebastião couldn’t be more mistaken. It had passed three years. Three years! Since the scholarship program started and the scientist’s hope was already fading. When…

Click! Sebastião was relaxed reading one of this favourite books and suddenly de TV turns on. He looks around. Nobody. Don’t remembering to turn the television on he looks for the control. It was on the television table. Weird it’s all he thinks and then turns his attention to what’s on. INTERVIEW TO THE 5 GREATEST EUROPEAN PRODIGIES. Five? The interviewer gives a little introduction:

…Luna, from Italy, Enzo, from France, Klaus, from German, Rozalija, from Lituania, and Adelina, from Romania, are considered the greatest prodigies of Europe. Though all of them are orphans, they certainly have «gifts» according to which one of their areas. Luna speaks, writes and understands all the actual European languages and even more. Enzo has already created more than six imaginary worlds, most of them being converted to Graphic Novels. Klaus always had all he wanted because of his persuasion power and I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking he’s going to be a great politician in the future. Rozalija write in a so beautiful way that would leave Shakespeare mouth dropped. And Adelina would surprise any genius mathematician that presented her a problem or challenge with her intelligence and solving speed. If you want to know more about these young prodigies, that I remember being just sixteen, stay for the interview.”

Wow! Sebastião wasn’t expecting this. After so many years, all the answers show up right in front of his nose. The scientist jumps of the couch directly to his office, impatiently turns on the computer and searches THE 5 EUROPEAN PRODIGIES. Boom! An infinity of websites show up on the screen. The scientist chooses what he thinks is the more appropriate one and reads:

Luna, Enzo, Klaus, Rozalija and Adelina, although being from distinct European countries, they all affirm to be orphans, to live of their «gifts» and based on them to want to help save the world they collapse bit by bit while growing up. The five are coming to Portugal in June to cast their projects and will give an interview that will be broadcast internationally on the 9th of the same at 15h10 at the Centro Cultural de Belém.”

This was his chance! Sebastião packed, took the prophecy off the safe and, in that same afternoon, left for Lisbon.

***

Luna was exhausted. The interview had been extremely tiring. It was a pleasure to meet the others prodigies and, although being so different from each others, having so many opinions in common. But the girl didn’t understand how could they realize they projects and dreams when people didn’t understand them, didn’t realize the importance of replanting forests , of creating landscapes and more crop fields without the use of chemicals, of closing factories temporarily for the installation of new machines and new processes of production less pollutants, and so on. All the prodigies were seeing the world where they were born self-destruct through the pollution, the political instability and disagreement between nations that every time grow closer to a World War III, but nobody, besides them, seemed to really care about their suggestions and warnings. All the others seemed to want was to become rich at the expense of their «gifts», when what the prodigies wanted nothing had to do with money.

When the hotel room’s phone ringed the next morning, Luna was still half asleep.

Yes?” asked with a sleepy voice.

There’s a man in the living room asking all the prodigies to meet him” said the receptionist.

Okay” and she hung up the call. That looked weird, but something was telling her to go down to the room. So, as fast as she could, the girl got dressed, ate the breakfast someone had left for her and went to the living room.

***

When all the prodigies came and accommodate themselves Sebastião presented himself, showed them the prophecy, explained all he knew about it and for ninety minutes they talked about their plans and projects. Until a great idea came up: create a portal to another dimension and bring the greatest legends of history and Men’s imagination, to convince, at least, the European population to open their eyes and change their attitude so that all worked for a better world. All agreed and in that same day the project was cast.

They worked moths and moths in the project until it was realize. Everyone had their role. Enzo, having the creativity gift, gave the idea. Sebastião and Adelina (numbers’ gift) proved it possible and created the portal. Rozalija (words’ gift) wrote letters to powerful people so they authorized and fund the project. And Klaus (persuasion gift) and Luna (languages’ gift) would be in charge of entering the portal and convince the legends to help them.

***

January had already come and Klaus was in a state of nerves. He still couldn’t believe this was real, that he was really in front of a portal to another dimension. That they had been financed and authorized to do this. His unconscious screamed: Impossible! Lie! But it was true and he was seeing it with his own eyes. What if… What if they couldn’t get there? What if they couldn’t come back? What if…? Thousands of questions haunted him.

Luna gave him two soft claps on his back.

Ready?” asked, confident and with a smile on her lips.

Never. I can’t stop thinking what might happen.” He knew he shouldn’t fall down like that, only keep the proud and confident attitude. But the words ran off his mouth and he was so nervous he couldn’t even think. Besides, it was Luna that was beside him. Who could resist that smile and that casual attitude of hers?

Don’t worry. Nothing’s going to happen.” Responded her with that smile, poking him shoulder against shoulder.

Are you always that confident?”

I have to be.” And that was all she said because Sebastião interrupted saying that the portal would open in ten seconds, that they only had twelve hours until they came back and that they could only bring ten legends with them.

Said that Luna gave him a hand with a little squeezed but didn’t let go. It would always be better to support each other. And then it came the countdown: 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

***

For Adelina time seemed to never pass. Her heart felt heavy in her chest afraid her counts had been wrong and that it could in any way harm Klaus and Luna.

But the wait passed and weight was in vain, because at the planned time they came with the ten legends. And what legends! The group had done a general choice, but it was completely different to see them at live and with colour. But here they were: Martin Luther King, Mandela, Thor, Flash, Shakespeare, Einstein, Luís de Camões, Amelia Earhart, Walt Disney and Leonardo Da Vinci. And, the next day, they would all speak in a international and live transmission at Terreiro do Paço in Lisbon. What an honour! Get to meet them and hear them defend their ideas. These would be some unforgettable days.

***

It was an unforgettable day for all of them, that and the next one. More and more people were coming, waiting near the stage for the legends and the prodigies.

The first to speak was Martin Luther King:

I had a dream that one day all would be treated like same and even me not being around anymore that wish was granted. Now are the young that have a dream and I dream with them because the Earth has to be saved and the Men’s mentality changed. And never forget this: once you destroy our planet there won’t be another one for you to go.

Then it was Thor explaining how his character was created and how it was possible to rule Asgard, his planet. And saying also that one time he had come to Earth to learn to have humility and that now was the time for humans to learn to create and transmit peace and concord, because without them humanity would be lost.

The next to talk was the Flash, explaining how it was possible to have access to others dimensions and how real they were:

Everything that exists and isn’t here is in a parallel dimension and if I, with my speed, can travel to the past and future, so why wouldn’t it be possible to reach others dimensions? The dimension where we live is where are all those that marked history and mankind in a way that they became immortal in world’s memory and those, like me, that be you were created and, somehow, also our stories stayed in the memory of the past and future generations.”

Walt Disney followed:

One day I created Disney so that children and their families could dream and is good to know that, when those children grow up, they dream even higher and fight for those dreams.”

All the legends spoke associating their speeches with their lives and the prodigies’ mission and giving suggestions of how to change this world for the better, the world that one day had been theirs too.

But Amelia Earhart’s speech was marked by its ending whose words impressed everybody:

I was the first women to fly across the Atlantic Ocean and these prodigies will be the youngest heroes and winners of great awards! Because I believe in them, in their mission and I believe you’ll help them in their path.”

From the audience claps and whistles are heard and the young prodigies were completely surprised not being able to believe what they had just heard. But apparently Amelia was right. Moths passed, had the legends already back to their dimension, the portal been closed and destroyed so that it wasn’t used with bed intentions and the prophecy and projects saved in the European Union’s safe, Sebastião adopted all the young prodigies and received at home a convocation letter for a prize award for the effort they had put in their mission and for open the eyes of humankind for the conservation of their world.

Klaus, after some lessons with the legends about politics, he entered in a law school and guaranteed a future position in the German government. The rest of the prodigies prepared for futures of prestige, but they still keep dreaming with a better world. And because of that Rozalija wrote a letter that Luna translates for all the languages that read it:

Because perfection is impossible, but is dreamed, we the prodigies, hope that we have changed this world where we live and the Men’s attitude for better, always dreaming that even better will come.”