Day 181 – Evening Star

Word count: 684

“Look at that up there,” Amy pointed up towards the night’s sky.

Jupiter was shining brightly. A cold snap of the cosmos was illustrated across the horizons. Stars twinkled like diamonds in the dark.

Amy and Jason were alone. The whole world was still. Sitting on the edge of a rock half way up some hill, and tired and exhausted from climbing for the past hour. But it was a fantastic panorama. Jason had been wanting to take Amy up here for years, but they had never found the time. In a way, though, the waiting had made it all worthwhile. The way that Amy’s eyes glistened with the reflection of the universe made Jason’s heart go still.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like this before – ever!”
Amy came from the inner-city. Stars and complete darkness were strangers to her. The countryside was a foreign land to the girl that spent half her life in a depressive block of flats whose only view was of another building, identical to the one she was in. Being out here in the dark countryside was another world to her.

Jason took her hand and stole her sight from the skies.
“I’ve never seen you this happy before.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy…”
“Me neither….”
Jason knew that the moment had come. He had been thinking about it for some time and knew the feeling was right. In his heart, his soul, his mind: this was the girl for him. Descending to one knee, Amy’s eyes lit up as if they contained the all the light in the universe.
“Amy,” he stuttered, “You wouldn’t happen to want to marry me?”
Amy dived into Jason’s arms and he hoisted her into the air and twirled her around several times. Pure ecstasy, that was how he felt.
They returned to gaze up at the stars again.
“What’s that one?” Amy pointed at the brightest dot.
Jason, knowing a little of astronomy, knew the answer, “It’s Venus.”
“A planet? Wow!”
But there was something odd about Venus. It was not only the brightest object in the sky, but it was getting bright with each passing second. Perhaps it was a plane, but it seemed to be too bright even for that. Soon it was noticeably bigger than it had been when they first saw it and growing ever more.
“Must be a plane?”
“Or a helicopter?”
They were both as confused as each other. The bright light continued to grow both in size and brightness and soon it was as if it were a torch bearing down on them from above. It lit up their faces as if it were day. Amy turned to Jason, slightly scared.
“What is it?”
“I’m not sure,” he replied, clutching on to her hand.

Whatever it was, it made no sound at all. It could not have been any plane.
“It could be an asteroid?”
“Oh my god, could it?”
“I don’t know…”
“Should we go?”
But Jason was too intrigued to go. Then, suddenly, the bright white light scorched over their heads and plummeted into the ground a few metres behind them. The impact threw them off their feet and they landed a short way away.
“Are you ok, Amy?”
“Yeah, I’m fine,” Amy brushed dirt from her hair. “What was that?”
Jason got to his feet and crept over to the crash site, apprehensively.
“Jason, be careful.”
Jason turned around, “What’s the worst that could happen?”
Jason saw Amy’s mouth widen to a shrill scream. He wheeled around just in time to see a small green little goblin-type creature spring out from the crater. It was armed with a small gun-like contraption and waving it wildly around. The thing was speaking gibberish and looking back down the crater, as if calling to someone.

“Honey, I don’t think that was Venus….”
And then, several hundred green little goblins jumped forth from the crater and opened fire. Jason and Amy’s bodies were vapourised and within ten days the aliens had taken New York, Malawi, Reykjavik, Tokyo and a small suburb of Johannesburg.

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~ by S.G. Mark on April 5, 2012.

One Response to “Day 181 – Evening Star”

  1. Love this.
    Sounds like an intervention … hmmmm… go figure…

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