This week, T.S. Bazelli’s “Author Aerobics” challenge is on internal monologues. Here it is:
This week’s challenge: Write a piece of fiction (1000 words or less) that includes moments of internal dialogue. The theme: “fireworks”.
Well, after two straight epic-fantasy stories and a contemporary fantasy story, last week I decided I’d put up something a little more sci-fi for my next short story. And thus, this story. At first, I didn’t have any particular purpose to this story, but as I wrote it, I decided I wanted to set it in the space opera-themed world I had created several years ago that I called, at the time, “The Alchemist” (and that I don’t currently call anything, yet). How this story fits in with that setting, I’m unsure. Several elements in this story didn’t appear in my original write-ups. Anyway, I’ll get out of the way, now, and let you read. It’s a tiny bit shorter than what I’ve been doing lately – only 1,066 words – and I’m calling it:
By: Stephen A. Watkins, Jr.
“Time for the fireworks to begin.” Kathryn gazed through the wide window at the tiny red, yellow and brown orb suspended in a sea of blackness beneath her. In the distance, a pale red light glimmered, the shell of a dying star. Doctor Vanwick shuffled his feet on the deck beside her. Continue reading