The sci-fi story has just been finished. 🙂 Yay!
I need to give it a proofread and a bit of an edit, so I thought I’d post this story now. It’s a short story I wrote a few months ago for an online writing course I did.
It’s an early attempt at the short story form. Any feedback, as always, welcome.
A New Adventure
I stared at her in disbelief.
She stared back at me, her eyes kaleidoscopes of colour that constantly shifted. She looked perplexed – why?
I had just witnessed the impossible. The remnants of the sparkling powder still danced in the air around us.
She had a delicate beauty – a heart-shaped face, framed by wispy hair. the exact colour concealed by the night. Her dress was tied at the waist by a rope-belt, the pouch holding her powder hanging from it.
She was entrancing.
And on bare feet, she ran.
I ran after her. “Wait!” I called.
I couldn’t let this rare flower go.
She led me down the deserted streets, then darted down a small alley. I grabbed the wall as I spun around the corner after her.
Another amazing sight greeted me. A bright blue, swirling circle of light hovered in the air, spanning one wall to the other and reaching about a foot above my head.
I glimpsed her disappearing into it.
I jumped in after her.
A blinding white flash swallowed me, just for an instant.
The instant after I saw a vision I’ve never forgotten.
I saw myself, a beautiful baby girl in my arms. I was a mother – I knew deep in my soul this was a glimpse of the future.
Another blinding flash lit up the vision. And then I was stood in a meadow, stars shining clearly above me in a way they never did in the city. The air was fresh and clear.
Several trees were dotted around me, and the girl was ahead, still running.
I started after her, determined not to lose her now.
It seemed that city lights glowed from the clump of trees we were racing toward. She disappeared into them. I kept following, but my head started to swim, my vision wavering. The grass and stars blurred together and I hit the ground.
The world blurred back into focus, a mix of greens and browns that became trees. Figures came into focus. All dressed in the same way as the girl.
She stood among them. I met her gaze but she looked away. Ashamed? Was she in trouble?
An old woman crouched down before me, as nimble as a woman half her age. She land a hand on my forehead, and her touch had a calming effect on my racing heart. Even though I didn’t know where I was or what was happening, I felt safe.
She said something in another language. It didn’t sound human. Which fit with these people’s appearance. Was I dreaming?
The old woman got up and stood back. I got to me feet. They were all watching me, but all I could see was the girl. She walked up to me, and looked into my eyes. “They say you are a good person,” she said. Her voice was musical somehow. “You can be trusted.”
I felt relieved, but what was I being trusted with?
“Come.” The girl took my hand in hers.
I let her lead me from the gathering. She took me to a tree, and up a rope ladder into a house that had been built in harmony with the tree. Small lights hung from branches, doors, windows, and roofs. I couldn’t work out what they were. I thought of fireflies in glass jars.
She sat me down on a cushion, then brought me a wonderful-smelling tea. It was calming. She told me her name was Lily and I told her mine was Holly. She told me many things about her world that night, and showed me many things that I had never dreamed could exist.
I started to fall for her. She was beautiful, and funny, and graceful. When she told me I would be leaving in the morning, and that I wouldn’t remember anything of this place, my heart broke.
We were by the river as the sky started to fade into light. The water flowed past us, winding its way through the beautiful landscape, the reflections of the remaining stars sparkling in its depths.
I had one hand in hers, my heart aching.
Her next words were soft. “Stay here.”
Hope lifted my heart. Could I?
To be forever in such a place, to really fall for this amazing woman I’d found…the idea pulled me in.
But my life, my family, my job – everything was back in my world.
My heart heavy, I said, “I can’t just leave everything.” The alternative sprang up in my mind. “Why don’t you come back with me?”
Her kaleidoscope eyes widened. “I…”
“You said many of your people live there – why can’t you?”
“No reason, but, I’ve never had a reason to…before now, I suppose.”
Hope surged. “It wouldn’t hurt to try, right?” It was impulsive, but I didn’t care.
She smiled, and we kissed. Her lips were soft, and my stomach fluttered with hope and desire.
The next morning when I stood before the portal, Lily stood with me, her kaleidoscope eyes as excited as my heart.