Over the Moon

Life on the up and up, a condition thought impossible for humanity, was finally sinking in on the once-improbable station circling Chang’e. So named to commemorate the multi-national effort to create a viable location outside of the planet, it was a goodwill gesture by the mostly European congress. Sigma Platform, christened Hecate’s Hold before its launch, spun concentric circles around the Earth’s largest satellite in an attempt to push the boundaries of life further away from the home planet.

Inhabitants of Earth would get a sporadic glimpse of the diamonine solitaire upon a lunar setting. Dazzling riches only the cosmos could afford. While wrapped in carbon fiber, there was truth in the native’s description. It’s solar power was continuously trapped by large industrial-grade jewels called “homunculi.” These massive gems would mimic geothermal rhythms and scattered a brilliant, aesthetic light around the base. Such synergy allowed for the viability of Sigma Platform. 100ha is all the space it would take up, and even boasted a fair-sized metropolis complete with an independent governing body. New laws for a new land. The residents were over the moon!

Albeit her farmland borrowed from the home world, much effort was put into sustainability and discovery. There was the idea of finding new ways to feed people, which in turn could be imported back to the world. Such discoveries were yet to be had, but it was tangible progress. The tongues of the cynical were silenced for now.

For what ever reason, either sensor misbehavior or human error, an unexpected tremor gripped the ship and its contents. From behind the moon came such a magnificent specimen of iron, magnesium and silicon that terrified patrons dove under their tables at several metropolitan restaurants or into reinforced corridors along the Greenway. Such mass was to be feared as it blotted out the sun for a hot minute.

Fortune was with the crew that day as evasive magnetic repelling pushed the imperiled hold underneath and away from the space stone, missing the starboard sections by a few kilometers. Hecate had beaten the joker in the deck, the sling bullet to shatter the fragile peace laid over the fledgling community. The base was not meant to be a sepulchre of dreams that day. They were over the moon!

Every action has a reaction and celebration ceased, for the people knew soon what events they had set in motion. The desperate measures caused not only the station to change position, but also the path of the asteroid. Throngs gathered upon observation decks to the observe the hulking beast galloping home. Helpless masks cried for absolution of a world in judgment.

Communiqués were immediately sent to Houston, London, Cairo, and Beijing in futile hopes that the Earth could prevent a head on collision with utter destruction. Any attempts to delay the inevitable were encouraged, until Chang’e began to shield the eyes of an infant’s future. Interstellar messaging came to a halt as the Hecate found difficultly in piercing the planetoid with its instruments. The ill silence brought forth nausea to the crew, which resigned many to the bathroom. Those that could keep it together joined the masses on bay view sections.

The last sliver of blue, along with the stone sent to destroy it, was covered by milky moon rock. Lunauts eased themselves into a depression reserved for the lonely and desperate. Time would tell if they had wasted worry on this event, and the agony was ever-lasting. Much to their displeasure, they were blinded with a flash of light as the Earth was struck with tremendous force. Once sight was restored they watched what little they could on the destruction of their home planet. All they could see was corona, for they were over the moon.

© 2014 by Corvidae in the Fields, all rights reserved

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16 thoughts on “Over the Moon

  1. nicjor79 says:

    “Homunculi”- that’s one of my favorite words! Though I’ve never heard it used to refer to large jewels.

  2. I sometimes wonder if we aren’t doing that from within. Great write, Nate. Fried brain + sore feet = incoherent comment.

  3. You’re in the zone, Nate….nice stuff.

  4. Laura Lynn says:

    Wow! More more more more more….I wish you’d write a book so I can sit and read it for hours at a time and then, finally, when I start getting close to the end, I read it slower and slower so it won’t end too soon. Waiting for it….

    • If I could relax and not worry about losing my shirt, I’d might be able to focus on a novel so everyone could read it. Thank you for the kind words, Laura.

      • Laura Lynn says:

        hmmm, I would write it the way I write. Before I go to work, after the gym, while I’m eating, on breaks and any other time I can squeeze a word in. I’m almost done with my thing. Already planning another. As for publishing? That’s for the birds. And because I’m not as organized as Andra. Isn’t SHE a tour de force! What a way to publicize your book. LOVE IT!

      • Writers are different with their own flow. Anxiety is my opponent. It’s hard to concentrate. Andrea is doing something special, isn’t she? I wish her and MTM the best.

      • Laura Lynn says:

        You always seem so cool and collected in your writing. That’s the thing I take away from it. Calm, cool and collected. And yes, Andra is da BOMB!

      • That’s the flow in me. I don’t often write through the wreck. The sleepless nights. The fight with tobacco. The breaking of pencils. The tears of frustration. The screams of anger. The night flights. Hitting the mattress in free-fall apathy. I’m as human as they come.

  5. Rob Heckman says:

    “Ummm…. oops.”

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