She kept quiet about the first time for fear of being ridiculed by the other pilots. The strange light had maneuvered in front of her in a synchronised dance routine that perfectly mirrored her movements. Then … nothing.

This time it’s blinding, whiter than the hottest magnesium flame. The shapes inside it, flowing and sinuous, merge to give her and her fighter jet an all-embracing hug.

As the lightshow fades, the fuel dial shows it’s time to head home. Alexa flies on, unsure whether to turn towards the earth below or the shining globe just visible out in the aether.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

I like this story. It has a bit of sci-fi in it, one of my favourites. I hope she finally made up her mind to head home?

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Intriguing Susan. If it were you, what would you do? Whatever is out there doesn’t appear hostile. I think I’d be so tempted to explore.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

I love this story, Susan. So much plot and even character development with just a few words. She’s flying a fighter plane, which doesn’t usually involve cosmic hugs, while the mysterious light seems not only friendly but actually potentially nurturing. I think I’d go toward the shining globe, and leave the battles for the darker forces of the earth she could now choose to leave behind.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

This is a great story, Susan. I too wonder what your protagonist has decided to do. These creatures you have described sound peaceful and protective over her, which in my mind raises the question, why? So many possibilities here. Well done.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Intriguing, Susan. If I am your protagonist, I will go and explore the shining globe. While I am allowed to explore. Then, I will grab it and enjoy it.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Very well done Susan. Thoroughly enjoyed your story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Congratulations for winning, Susan.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Congratulations Susan. I like how the ending leaves us wondering what decision we would have made.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

Congratulations Susan on your win.

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