Illustration by Aamnah Arshad
Illustration by Aamnah Arshad

In the bustling city of Lumindale, where technology and nature coexisted in harmony, there lived a young inventor named Leo. With a mind full of creativity and a heart full of curiosity, Leo was always dreaming up new gadgets and gizmos to make life better for his fellow citizens.

One day, while exploring an old, abandoned laboratory on the outskirts of the city, Leo stumbled upon a dusty, forgotten invention — a pair of sleek, silver goggles. Intrigued, he carefully cleaned them and put them on, only to discover that these were no ordinary goggles. They allowed him to see the world in a whole new way — colours were more vibrant, hidden details became visible and even the emotions of people around him were subtly revealed as shimmering auras.

Excited by his discovery, Leo realised that these goggles could be a game-changer for Lumindale. He began to incorporate them into his inventions, creating devices that could analyse crops’ health by their auras, or translate the mood of a room into a painting of swirling colours. The city marvelled at Leo’s creations and how they seemed to capture the very essence of the world.

However, not everyone was pleased with Leo’s innovations. Victor, a powerful industrialist, saw the goggles as a threat to his control over the city’s technological advancements. He believed that Leo’s inventions could shift the balance of power and undermine his dominance.

Determined to protect his interests, Victor devised a plan to discredit Leo’s work. He spread rumours that the goggles were dangerous and that they distorted reality. People began to doubt Leo’s intentions, and some even turned against him.

Undeterred, Leo knew he had to prove the value of his inventions. He organised a citywide event where he showcased the goggles’ capabilities, allowing everyone to experience the world through his lens. As people saw the genuine wonder and positive impact of his creations, doubts began to fade away.

The climax of the event was a breath-taking display of light and colours that filled the night sky, generated by a device Leo had created using the goggles. This radiant display of creativity and innovation swayed the hearts of even the most sceptical citizens, and Victor’s influence began to wane.

Leo’s vision and determination had triumphed over fear and manipulation. With the support of the city behind him, he continued to invent tools that bridged the gap between technology and nature, enriching the lives of all of Lumindale’s residents.

Published in Dawn, Young World, December 9th, 2023

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