Orientale

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

An astronaut finds himself treading through another one of NASA's expeditions inside the Mare Orientale, a huge basin on the moon, and an unexpected event occurs that forever changes his life.

A slow, buoyant step taken. Then another. His breathing was heard in raspy breaths as he looked up at the star filled sky dangling above him. Thousands upon thousands of stars glittered against the darkness of the night, or was it soon to be day? He gazed at the long trek ahead of him as the lunar minerals curved upwards to a thick crust. Was there to be another hour of walking before he escaped Orientale, the huge crater he was currently stuck treading?
Day after day, he walked upon the moon's surface. It seemed along the lines of pointless for NASA to have sent another expedition to confirm the recent studies of the moon's bull's eye. Each man in his unit was spread across the perimeter of the crater, verifying what other studies have been found by other countries that had desired to explain the phenomenon behind Mare Orientale. For it is one of the most striking lunar features; the interest in it can be highly acquainted for.
Step after step, he moved closer towards the perimeter lost in thoughts as the briefing of such mission ran through his head. What was the exact reason for even bothering with walking the full diameter of the 600 mile crater? A bright flame suddenly appeared dripping down the edge, mirroring a candle. It flickered and darkened, growing brighter and moving more rapid as the slope inclined. At first, he didn't appear to notice the sudden movement against the rough surface. Slowly, he lifted his head and realization dawned on him as the molten spewed into the carter at an ever-increasing pace. He felt frozen and knew there was no escape inside the death trap, Orientale, as the billions of years hiatus was broken by the lava seeping towards him. The last thing that could be heard was his raspy breaths fading away as the lava flooded the crater, hardening and trapping whatever was held inside forever.


Submitted: August 17, 2011

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