Waiting For The Sun To Rise

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium


A short story inspired by Picture Prompt 31 from the Imaginarium House.

Submitted: November 03, 2017

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Waiting For The Sun To Rise

Kelly opened her eyes to find her room still bathed in darkness, yet she could not shake the feeling that she had over-slept. She knew she should have bought more batteries for her alarm clock; if it had gone off she would have woken.

Sleepily she reached across, picked up the clock, only to find that it was still working. She must have forgotten to set it. She blinked a few times, tried to focus. It said it was 11am, but how could that be right when it was still so dark.

The message light was blinking on her phone. Four missed calls and no end of missed texts. She hit the re-dial for Phil and waited for him to answer.

Hi, Phil.....yeah, I’ve just woken up. What’s going on?”

Kelly swung her legs out of bed and sat on it’s edge while she listened to her boyfriend. She got up, walked across to the curtains and peered outside. The sky was inky black, but streaked with splotches of color. It reminded her of pictures she’d seen of the Northern Lights.

Give me five minutes, okay. See ya then.”

Phil had said to dress up warm. The temperature was unseasonably cold, probably because the sun was not there in the sky to warm things up. She pulled on a t-shirt, a thick sweater, fleece pants and a parka. Then she pulled on thick socks and winter boots.

She grabbed her keys, her wallet and her phone, stuffing a pair of gloves into her pocket just in case it really was that cold. She pulled the door closed behind herself and walked off down the path.

Hey, Phil. What’s going on? Where’s the sun?”

Phil shrugged. “There’s not much information being given out. To be honest, I don’t think they have a clue. Something’s happened, that’s for sure, but no one’s saying what. Some kind of cosmic thing...an attack or orbitary disturbance or solar storm or....”

But what about all these satellites and space stations; all this space monitoring that’s supposed to be going on?”

Phil took her arm and began to walk with Kelly along the road. It was deserted. It almost felt as though they were the only people left on the planet. “Maybe they didn’t pick it up. Or perhaps they couldn’t do anything so kept it all to themselves.”

They wouldn’t do that, surely?”

To prevent a panic? Maybe. Everyone’s headed out west, trying to get some answers. Shall we join them?”

It felt like being on a whole new world with the sky so strange. The different light made everything seem strange, unfamiliar; even the road that they were standing on.

So we’re not alone, then. For a moment I wondered if we were the only people left on Earth.”

Phil put his arm around his girlfriend, pulled her close. “Nope. So far as I know everyone is still here.”

Do you think they’ll get any answers?”

I kinda doubt it. Not ones that will make any difference, anyhow.”

Kelly looked up at the sky, then up at Phil. “Let’s be different then. Let’s head east.”

And that is just what they did.


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