Bee Gleam Unisex T-shirt
$30.00 – $32.00
A high-quality white T-shirt with a portrait of a young Black woman with shoulder-length orange hair.
The blazing afternoon sun beat down on Bee’s back as she tended her lush garden in the Gleam district. Though the heatwave had brought record temperatures, her garden overflowed with life. She knelt, the warm dirt heating her bare knees, and cradled a drooping red rose.
“Don’t wilt, my friend,” she murmured. Bee focused her mind and a soft green glow emanated from her hands. The rose perked up, turning its face to the sunlight.
Bee smiled and stood, scanning for any plants in need. With a wave, she guided the olive tree to stretch its branches, providing more shade for the herbs below. The tomatoes deepened to a rich red as she drew more nutrients from the soil.
As she wound her way deeper into the abundant garden, stepping carefully among the riotous growth. A grapevine curved overhead, branches drooping under bunches of plump, purple fruit. She gave the heavy vine a playful tickle and it responded with a rustling of leaves, as if giggling at her touch.
The grapes glinted in the dappled sunlight, their taut skins promising a delicious burst of sweetness when eaten. Bee plucked one and popped it in her mouth, savoring the juicy flavor.
She would harvest more soon to make jam. But for now, the rest could continue ripening, turning the vine into a heavy garland of fruit.
Bee decided it was time for a break. She headed into the coolness of her little stone house, wiping the dirt from her hands. Inside, she found a pitcher of lemon water and poured herself a glass. Her friend Fern would be arriving soon.
Fern was originally from the Beach district, but her parents were both born in the Shade district. They had moved to the Beach as young adults, longing to see more color in their dreary grey lives.
Bee and Fern had been friends since childhood. They both shared an affinity for plants. One night, Bee had a dream of glowing flowers and vines winding their way through the eternally dim alleys of the Shade district. She excitedly told Fern this idea over tea the next day. Fern’s eyes lit up at the thought of bringing light and life back to her parents’ home.
A knock sounded at the door and Fern entered, her curly green hair smelling sweetly of the breeze. “Ready?” she asked Bee eagerly. Fern unveiled a potted sapling she had propagated – their next test subject for modifications.
Together, they prepared the tiny olive tree for the modifications by upping the soil’s nutrition level and extra water for rapid growth and restructuring. As they had done many times before, Bee and Fern joined hands, closed their eyes, and focused their minds in sync. Their complementary gifts allowed them to merge consciousness and enter the sapling with surgical precision.
Inside the cells, they could visualize the DNA strands and modify the genes to adapt the plant to survive in perpetual shade. The goal was not to illuminate the gloom but rather to give the plants a subtle bioluminescent glow that could be seen in the darkness. It took enormous focus and teamwork, but they perfected the process over many trials. If they succeeded again today, they would be one step closer to achieving Bee’s dream of bringing gently glowing, blossoming life to the monochromatic Shade district.
About the T-shirt:
This T-shirt is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s comfortable and flattering for all.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Blank product sourced from Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, or the US
This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!