Skipping Stone

Across a small corner of the Pacific Ocean, a stone went skip, skip, skip.

It was a small stone, almost completely flat in shape, about the size of a tennis ball. If there were any humans around to see this oddity, they might call it the perfect skipping stone. But the nearest humans were six hundred kilometres away, so on it went skipping.

Skip, skip, skip.

An oddity it was indeed. Most skipping stones would never have gone on for so far long, having sunk sometime around the coast of Japan. In fact, the Guiness World Record for Most Consecutive Skips was 88, set by Kurt Steiner in 2013. This was neither 2013, nor the calm Pennsilvayan waters in which he had thrown that prize-winning stone.

But did the stone care that it was impossible? Of course not, it was a stone. It didn't even have the capacity to consider the impossibility of what it was doing. But if it did, it'd probably say something poignant about arbitrary skepticism and move on. The world was full of crazy things: world-ending horrors, secret shadowy organizations, reality tv (cue studio laughter), was a stone so impossible to believe?

skip, skip, skip.

The stone had been going on for six years, three months, and two days now. Contrary to popular belief, perpetual motion did exist, it was just very rare, and completely impractical. There were about three, no-fuss or huge-fine print sources of perpetual motion that actually existed: a subspecies of the kite swallowtail butterfly (found only in a three-mile section of the Amazon) that actually produced more energy in its waste than it consumed, a crystalline meteor that fell to earth, shattered and was subsequently used as decoration in a chique vintage store by a hipster who would never realize its potential, and this stone.

Which was odd, when you thought about it. If someone wanted perpetual energy to be available, why make it so hard to find? Subsequently if they didn't want people to be able to access it, why make it available at all? it defied logic.

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