Holes in the sky

PHOTO PROMPT – © Douglas M. MacIlroy

Only astrophysicists noticed the first time a star went missing. Only astrophysicists cared. Conjecture and theories ignited in the scientific stratosphere, burning up before reaching the rest of us. Like removing a grain of sand from the beach; it was an invisible and irrelevant loss.

An inconsequential hole in the sky.

As the holes grew in number, we started watching, started caring. The night took on a worn, frayed appearance; our sparkling blanket unravelled in front of us. The universe steadily disappeared.

Devoured? Unmade?

We prayed. We cried. We fought.

Now? Now we watch. We wait.

We have little choice.

Word Count (100)

Ah, another Friday Fictioneers, and I’m another long bow from the photo prompt. I’m reasonably sure this is an Arctic scientific facility, but I saw the domes and thought: telescopes. Belted this out during a lunch break at work, so I haven’t had much editing time. Let me know if you spot typos or errors.

FYI – I know that meteors normally burn up in the mesosphere, but stratosphere just felt like a better word. It’s my story and I’ll lie if I want to.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and check out the other 100 word stories here!

Cheers and thanks for reading


26 thoughts on “Holes in the sky”

  1. Wonderful piece. If we don’t understand dark matter or dark energy, how do we know the stars will always be there? As Hamlet says “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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  2. Strangely like the Reader’s Digest version of “The City at the End of Time” Nicely done. You follow some interesting guys.
    Meteors burn up in the mesosphere. Some scientific theories, being less dense, burn up sooner, or later. 😕 🙂

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  3. KT,


    I was so tempted to end the comment there, because I’m not sure if I can adequately describe how much I enjoyed this piece. So crisp, so clean, so dark, yet so awesome.

    You know how I know this was great? Because as soon as I read it, it made me want to write. I saw ideas for short stories, for novels, for whatever all tightly packed into this.

    Thank you for inspiring me. Please keep this up!

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  4. This reminded me of a famous short story whose name, ironically, I cannot remember. It involved Tibetan monks catalyzing the end of the universe by spelling the true name of God. Eerie and thought provoking, just like this little gem. Well done!

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