Quantum Strings Holiday

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Quantum Strings Holiday
 
     Two friends Mike and Jack were sitting on the patio looking up into the late evening sky when Jack remarked "What a beautiful Quantum night".  Mike looked at Jack and replied "It is the same as any other evening".  "No it's not", Jack replied.  "There are long Quantum strings dangling from the sky, you can put a board on them and make a swing". "Why don't you ask your wife Jill if she would like to have a romantic evening swinging with you?"  "Jill does not relish heights", Mike replied.  Jack  being a Quantum man, said "Well there is another way to have Jill go with you".   "Quantum strings can be shaped into stair steps with strands on the sides to hold onto so you can walk up into space".
Jack stated his information was from other scientists, and twice a year, only on a Thursday, in a small field near a hamlet called Menisino, close to the U.S and Canadian border, Quantum strings touchdown to planet earth.  "Tell Jill to get ready for a holiday and I will drop you off at this field next Thursday at sunset".
Thursday of the following week, Jack was true to his word and dropped Jill and Mike off in the field.  All of a sudden enormous Quantum strings appeared in staircase form.  When Jill and Mike stepped onto the first stair the stairs began vibrating and moved them up into space like an escalator.   Within minutes Jill and Mike were in a Quantum string environment with the strings creating oxygen to breath and coming alive.  The first encounter was being created by a quantum string knight, with a feeling of an embrace of warmth and friendship enveloping them. 
When they looked further into space the Quantum strings seemed to be endless and attached to an unseen space object.  Mike pointed out a blue star, asking Jill if it would fit into her purse, but some stars are too hot to handle. 
The Quantum knight guide introduced Jill and Mike to beautiful Quantum angels.  Jill had to pull Mike away from the angels as he stated, "I may not want to go back to earth, it's so beautiful here.  Suddenly a Quantum storm appeared with the strings vibrating violently and becoming a tangled mess, which brought Mike out of his trance.  The storm passed in a few minutes and strangely the strings began to untangle themselves.  Being much closer to the sun, causes strings to oscillate, making it difficult to walk in a Quantum string environment.
The Quantum knight and angels took Jill and Mike to the most amazing museum.  Stars never visible on earth, of every size and colour, illuminated the enormous area.  There were small comets attached to the Quantum strings, which were flitting about creating an unbelievable light show.  Some of the comets were caught up in the strings which gave the illusion of a display of a million Christmas lights.
Next Mike and Jill were taken to a Quantum strings garden which the angels had created.  The whole garden was a stunning display of string flowers glimmering in the nearby sun where they could sit and enjoy it on Quantum swings. 
Jill and Mike marvelled at the Quantum world which was held together with strings.  The strings were constantly in a quiver motion, like a fluttering effect, as if they were trying to free themselves from all the attachments connected to them.   A few of the unattached strings tied themselves into knots, as two lovers would embrace, just twirling and gyrating like dancers in a ballet.  Light beams coming off the Quantum strings created an incredible relaxing and brilliant dream world where Mike and Jill felt they could stay forever.
Jill and Mike were weary from there Quantum experience and when they realized the strings had stopped motion completely they laid down to rest.  It was  the most peaceful sleep they had ever had in their lifetimes.  Jill and Mike were awakened by the strings beginning to oscillate again.  They were greeted with a beautiful Quantum morning  full of colours of every hue and design.  They noticed a swimming pool that was made up of a multitude of strings that sparkled like diamonds and emeralds.  The pool was swinging in motion creating various images of light and colour.  They went for a swim and listed to music played by Quantum strings which was sweet and low, lulling you into a trance like state.
Suddenly the Quantum knights appeared wanting Mike and Jill to participate in a game called string-a-long, where the knights fling strings at each other until all the knights, but one are entangled.  The last knight still swinging is the winner.  The game looks like a giant spider web, a fantastic sight. 
The week went quickly and it came time for Mike and Jill to return to earth and say goodbye to their Quantum world.  The string angels and knights embraced them and whispered to them to come back soon.  Slowly the strings released them and they walked down the string staircase where every step was illuminated by a different colour.  Jill and Mike vowed to return again. 
 

About the Author: 
I am 81 years old and always been interested in various subjects with a special interest in the sciences.

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