This is little Zowie captured by the Penguin Aliens. Zowie is very sad right here. But she is about to undergo a metamorphosis.
This is a quote from near the end of Archer and Zowie. It encapsulates some of what the book is all about.
"Metamorphosis is a process where a creature like a dragonfly nymph or a European glass eel or a little girl will change from one thing to something different.
A caterpillar will stay inside his cocoon for a long time, going through changes he can't even see, all the time wondering who he is and what he can do.
But he can't stay inside there forever.
How does a caterpillar know when to break out of his cocoon? How does he know it's time to shed his outside layer and find out what's underneath? I don't know. I guess the caterpillar must have a little hope. Just enough hope to see himself as being more than a caterpillar.
It's a good thing to get a real glimpse of who you are from the outside. To see things about yourself that you could never see with a mirror. It's good to like who that is."
Identity is a big part of what Archer and Zowie is about.
You see, we always get our identity, who we are, from something external to us. Maybe it's our parents or our friends or culture or something else.
When we get our identity from someone who loves us with a perfect love, our metamorphosis is truly complete. We become as pure as the one who loved us so purely.
Anyway, I hate to do a shameless plug at the end of this little narrative, but if you have kids in the 6-13 age range you should buy them my latest book: Archer and Zowie. It's a kid's sci-fi novel about friendship. Archer and Zowie battle babysitters, teleporting microwaves, and outer space -- to answer deep questions and find something tasty for dinner. You can buy it on Amazon.