One Night Amongst the Stars
A Short Story
Copyright 2011 by Emerald Barnes
All Rights Reserved
The night was dark on this planet. The stars were dim, and where was their moon? On our planet, we had three: a large one and two smaller ones circling it. It was absolutely breath-taking. At least this planet had a similar atmosphere. I could easily walk about this planet safely.
I sat in my ship – more of an escape pod than anything – looking into the dark. I wondered where I had landed. I hadn’t picked a specific destination; I just left. It was best for everyone this way.
I thought I should probably sleep, but there wasn’t any way I could calm my conflicted mind. There was too much to think about.
I knew I must sleep. My body was quickly depleting of strength. The day had been an exhausting one, and it was too dark to explore. It would have to wait until morning. If there was a morning here.
My alarm clock was a little too loud this morning. I quickly turned it off and lay there for a moment. Rex, my black and white border collie, was snoring at my feet. Outside, the sun had just risen. I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I did anyway.
I slipped out from under the covers. Rex looked at me and then closed his eyes again. It wasn’t the first time I thought about how nice it must be to be a dog. I walked to the bathroom, relieved my bladder, washed my hands, and then went into the kitchen for breakfast.
I started the coffee brewing and then made myself a bowl of cornflakes. I sat down at the small dining room table and ate. Afterwards, I placed my empty bowl and spoon in the sink and called Rex into the kitchen where I fed him.