This story comes from a picture and prompt from my friend Sharmishtha Basu. Here’s her take on the story, along with another friend’s. The part in italics is the original prompt.
He was lying flat on his back, watching the stars in the open sky.
How he loved these small escapades to the woods! Every necessity was packed in his backpack: a small tent in case it rained, a sleeping bag, and lots of mosquito repellant.
There was no sign of rain and a pleasant breeze was blowing, stirring the leaves of the trees and the grass on which he was lying.
The moon was peeking at him from behind scanty clouds. He fell asleep….
A strange flash of light woke him up, and at first he thought that the moon was coming down on him…
It was not the moon. The pale light grew and grew until it was as bright as the sun. He could not look away. It continued to grow until it the whole sky was glowing. Still it grew, impossibly large, filling the night with a pale brilliance. This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, he thought, but I think I’m going to die.
He felt himself getting lighter and to his amazement, he lifted off the ground. Rocks and twigs rose as well and there was a great rustling in the trees as the branches rose on their own, pulled towards the heavens. Gravity abandoned him and suddenly he was falling up into the sky. He fell faster and faster and the earth fell right behind him, straight up into that now-blinding light that filled the sky from horizon to horizon.
Groxhhelin the Prosaic checked the screen of his Galacto-class Starhopper. “We hit another planet,” he said to his cousin, Bob the Normally Unpronounceable. “It cracked the headlight. There seems to be tons of planets in this area.”
“There were, at least,” Bob said. “Hey, pick up that star over there and throw it in the tank, would you? We’re going to need some more fuel if we’re going to make it back home.”
December 24th, 2012 at 7:35 pm
That was a good response to the prompt. I loved it! You should continue it, I’m intrigued to know more about the two characters 🙂
They seem to be a little clumsy lol
December 24th, 2012 at 8:53 pm
Not a bad idea. I’ll give it some thought. 🙂
December 25th, 2012 at 11:44 pm
i will ditto with mani, the story is too good to be left so short!
just loved, loved, loved your imagination!
December 25th, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Thanks, friend. I felt a bit that I destroyed the whole world with your idea. 🙂 I have some ideas for more, so I will work on it soon.
December 26th, 2012 at 3:40 pm
ha ha! its ok, the world is right here, so cheer up! 🙂
December 26th, 2012 at 6:01 am
‘Cause you just know, when we do make contact, it’s gonna involve fender-benders, insurance claims, loaner vehicles while the ‘hopper gets fixed…Danggit, Groxhhelin! (Of course, this also be means we’re just smashed bugs on the windshield…)
December 26th, 2012 at 6:53 pm
I wonder if he got planet damage insurance? We’ll have to find out in the next story. 🙂
December 27th, 2012 at 5:13 pm
btw, when can i expect the next part?
December 27th, 2012 at 5:33 pm
I am still thinking of how to approach it. I’m thinking next week though I can put it up. I’ll try to stick by that. 😉
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