The stars had always reminded her of home. The sparkling icicles melting in the morning sun. The twinkling fireflies dancing over fields damp from summer rain.

And here she was. Floating among them.

The radio in her helmet crackled as she floated further and further from her salvation. The ship became a speck on the invisible horizon that sprawled before her.

The beauty took her breath away.

“We have been waiting for you,” the stars whispered. “Where have you been, dearest?”

Home. With her family. With her dog who loved to chase the fireflies.

“Are we not worthy of being chased?” they asked.

With her cat, who loved to drink from the melting icicles.

“Stay with us, and you will never thirst.”

They had spent so much time with each other. She was particularly fond of their time spent napping with the summer sun as their blankets.

“We are countless suns. Stay, we will keep you warm.”

The cold slowly seeped through her suit. What she would give to have one more nap with her sweet sweet family…

“Stay with us,” the stars beckoned. 

To scold her cat for risking getting his tongue stuck to the ice.

“We love you.”

To chase after her dog and carry him home safely, one last time…

“Stay with us.”

“We love you.”

“We are home.”

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    1 year ago

    Beautiful tension between the pull of the glorious but cold stars and the simple joys of home on earth. Great dramatic situation explored through the theme of belonging. A unique take on the prompt.

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    1 year ago

    So sad that the protagonist was enticed away from home by the empty beauty of the stars!

    1 year ago

    This is such a lovely story, Mae. The stars are indeed breathtakingly beautiful, but the warmth and love of your protaganists beloved pets are really “home”. I hope she finds a way to return to the ship and then back to Earth. This is a very original take on the “belong” theme. Great job, and welcome to Voice Club!

    Piyali Ganguli
    Piyali Ganguli(@piyali-ganguli)
    1 year ago

    It is such a different take on belong. So fresh and beautiful.

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

    It is so unique and original on the theme “belong”. So beautiful. I love it. 

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

    Hello Mae, welcome to Really enjoyed reading this. It made me think of the film ‘Gravity’. It must be so beautiful out there amongst the stars, but if you are unable to get back home to those that you love, it must be terrifyingly lonely. Well done.

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

    Mae, welcome to Voice Club! I could feel the tension in your story building up as your protagonist remembered her beloved pets and their antics and being interrupted by the constant beckoning of the stars. I do hope she will find a way back home. Well done.

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