Light In The Night Sky

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a story that came about from a situation i found myself in once. it was nothing like this story obviously, but this is what came out of it. enjoy!
i'm actually going to be turning this into a novel, just wanted to get a short story of the idea out there. so anybody who does read it, please feel free to leave a comment. thanks!

Submitted: April 12, 2016

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Light In The Night Sky

Give Light, and the Darkness will disappear of itself ”

-Desiderius Erasmus

I've been walking for what seems like endless days now, if only to beat the heat from the scorching afternoon sun. In reality it's actually been a full two weeks now that the world came to an end. A supernova at the edge of the milky way caught the side of earth and wiped out sixty percent of the population. Most of our natural resources were fried and the Earths' average temperature rose to 100-103 degrees farenheit. Its nothing but a wasteland, A shell of its former self. There is still some trace of hope and meaning though. Major colonies were formed around the world, five to be exact. In Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia. News monitors were set up after “the forming”,saying they are trying to find a way to grow food again once what is left runs out. If there is even a way......

But as for me,I am a wanderer, finding what I can to survive and keeping myself on the right path. I just past a sign for Topeka, Kansas. I started in New york City two weeks ago. That's where they brought everyone who wasn't assimilated by the supernova or had lasting physical mutations. I felt like there was some other motive behind it, but I pushed that thought to the back of my mind at the time. But I was right; they were using certain people as experiments to figure out why we didn't die or mutate.   But I escaped, I was the lucky one. The other thirty, I can't bring myself to say what happened to them. I still have nightmares about it. The Screams and the crying. It was something that will stay with me forever.

While walking I came across a skeleton of someone trying to get water out of a dried out tap. He was wearing a bright blue scarf. I took the scarf and put it around my waist, wanting to keep it from getting ruined. I don't know why I felt compelled to keep it from getting ruined, but I went with my gut feeling. Moving on from there, about a few miles away in the very faint distance was a rundown old mill town, so I started onward towards it.   When I got there,nothing....it was empty. I was just about to pass through when I heard something move into one of the small buildings off to the side. I pulled out my gun and went in slowly. I closed my eyes and turned the corner quickly with my gun pointed straight out at the culprits face. It was just a little girl. She was pale and covered in dirt. Her face had a frightened look on it. I lowered my gun and knelt down in front of her. “ hey little one, what are you doing out here? It's dangerous.” I asked. She took her hands down and inspected me for a minute or so. “ I was waiting for my Daddy, he said he was going to get us some water and look for some help, but he hasn't been back in a week. I found some food in this big shack, so I've been eating that and drinking the dirty water from the sink in that building over there.” she said, looking down at my waist, at the blue scarf around it.

Then the reality of her situation hit me. That was her fathers' dead corpse by the tap.....oh man....I wasn't really sure what to say to her. I untied the scarf and put it in her hands. “ listen little one, I saw your dad. He was in the city looking for some supplies and he asked me to gie you this scarf, so that way if anything happened to him, he would always be with you in some way.So make sure you take good care of it,Ok?” I said, seeing her frown turn into a big smile as she hugged the scarf. “ Alright mister, I'll make sure nothing happens to it!” she said, running back to the building behind me, waving goodbye to me. I smiled and waved back, walking back into the neverending desert sun, looking for my next place to stay and sleep.

To think, so much negativity is around this world right now, and I find the only solace by giving a little girl a scarf in an effort to keep her hopeful. I guess good deeds can go along way for someone to stay hopeful in this time. We have only this one world, and it's fading away fast. But I'm staying hopeful, hopeful for a new world regrown in an image of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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