Hello!

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

Submitted: September 02, 2018

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Hello!

When I was young I wanted to be an astronaut. If I’d have been a boy nobody would have thought it odd, but being a girl, all my classmates ridiculed me. Even the teacher rolled her eyes at my pronouncement more than once.

Why can’t you be like the other girls, Jenny?” she would ask. “Think about how nice it would be to be a nurse, a secretary. Or even a teacher like me.”

I shook my head, convinced that one day I would make that journey in to space. Let them laugh, they would see.

There was one problem with my ambition though. To even have the minutest chance I would have to be very clever at science. I wasn’t! The teachers despaired of getting any kind of facts in to my head. In other words, I became an academic failure.

Would I let that stop me? Simple answer to that was ‘no’. I might not be able to do it their way but that did not mean I could not come up with my own plans.

Night after night, year after year, I would make my way to a remote location and try to make contact. I tried flashing a torch into the sky, making patterns with the length of the flashes; making rhythms with the on-off switch. Nothing, and of course I came to realise that the torch was in no way bright enough.

How about sounds then? I saved and saved and bought myself a little keyboard and one small but really powerful amp. It was all in the pitch, the frequency of sound. If I could just get that right I might be able to open a discussion.

At least I would find a way of sending out one word. A two syllable one; ‘Hello!”

Whatever the weather, cold or hot, wet or dry, I’d be out there. Everyone that knew me avoided me now, thinking I was crazy. I didn’t care; I’d grown up surrounded by doubters after all.

I don’t know if I ever really believed that I would make contact, but it was on one snowy night that I saw a light, high up in the sky. It was getting bigger and brighter as it made it’s way towards me, to hover in the sky.

There was a humming sound and a glow spreading out from underneath it. As it made contact with me, I felt a pull and soon my feet had left solid ground.

Were they friendly? Or hostile? I’d never really given that much consideration, but at least it seemed that I was finally going to make my way out in to space.

 


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