This original piece of flash fiction won honorable mention in the Flash! Friday Contest when I first shared it three years ago, (July 2014). I’m proud of the multiple layers of meaning I was able to achieve in such a short piece, and thought I would share it with you all again…
Captain’s Log: 3065 AD
The Intrepid IX arrived on the planetoid called Pluto three months ago. Only eight survived the 32-year space voyage, and upon arriving we discovered that just as we feared, the sun has begun to overheat. Nobody on Earth could survive such broiling temperatures.
We wear thermal suits and weighted boots to protect us from the extreme cold (375 degrees below zero) and the weak gravitational pull. We thought the suits would also protect us from space radiation. Then our hair started falling out.
I advised my crew to hold on – that others would come. They maintained hope. And one by one, I watched them die.
Now I’m alone. I write this now so there might be some evidence of humanity. What shall I say of us? We lived boldly and loved well, but in the end, the universe grew weary of us.
Today’s post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge, where participants commit to posting one article for each day during the month of April – one for every letter of the alphabet.
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