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Three people are stranded on an unknown planet.

Submitted: May 20, 2015

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Submitted: May 20, 2015




By Joseph Logsdon

They had crashed, and from the looks of things, they weren’t going anywhere. The planet, as far as they could tell, was lifeless. It started out as a simple space voyage, but within minutes of takeoff, things started to go wrong. The engine failed, forcing them to land. The captain, John, went to find help, leaving the two crew members behind. They were confused, but most of all, they were frightened. It was cold, so they decided to huddle together. Under those circumstances, what else could they do?

The navigator, Sierra, cried as the coldness overtook them. The pilot, Jack, tried to keep himself calm, to no avail. Why hadn’t John returned? Sierra asked herself that question repeatedly, but every time she did, she couldn’t find an answer.

“Jack, are you awake?”

“I don’t know, I can’t tell anymore,” Jack replied.

“How long have we been here?”

“Days, months, who could say?”

“Are we going to die?”

“Probably,” Jack answered.

“You don’t seem worried,” Sierra stated.

“At this point, I don’t care,” he stuttered.

“Is it that hopeless?”

“I just want it to end, that’s all,” Jack sighed.

“Should we go looking for him?”

“What good would that do? He’s dead, there’s no denying that. With any luck, we’ll also die,” he huffed.

“Surely, you don’t mean that?”

“Let’s face it, this is the end. If it’s any consolation, it was an honor to work with you,” Jack stated.

“You can’t die, I won’t let you. We’ll make it out of this, you just have to have faith,” she exclaimed.

“Believe what you want, I know the truth,” Jack stated.

“What about your family? They love you, you can’t just leave them! John will be back soon, I know he will. He’ll bring help, and we’ll get out of here, okay? It’ll be fine, I promise you,” she stated.

“Enough of this, you’re making me sick. Even if John did come back, everything would be the same. We’re going to die, you and I,” Jack gasped.

“How can you be this hopeless? The way you’re talking, it’s almost like you want us to die,” she cried.

“You’re right, I do want us to die. John didn’t leave because he wanted to, he left because I asked him to,” Jack laughed.

“What are you saying?”

“He wanted to stay on the ship, but I convinced him to look for help. With him out of the way, I could focus my energy on you,” Jack laughed.

Unable to escape, Sierra screamed as Jack placed his hand around her throat. Refusing to give up, Sierra slapped his face, causing him to let go of her. Having no time to lose, Sierra left the spaceship, locking the door behind her.

“Sierra, open the door,” Jack commanded.

“Why are you doing this?”

“I was tired of the mission, so I decided to end it,” he answered.

“You’re crazy,” she screamed.

“Open the door, I won’t hurt you. I was wrong; there, I said it. So, what do you say, will you give me another chance?”

“I’m sorry, I can’t do that,” Sierra replied, walking away from the spaceship.

“If you leave, you won’t come back, you hear? No one ever has, no one ever will,” he laughed.

“At this point, I don’t care,” Sierra replied, echoing the words of her former friend.

The End


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