I have always wanted to write for fun but never actually got around to it. I doubt I will ever have time for a full novel or even a short story, so I thought I would settle on a short short for now. It’s not much and probably has more grammatical errors than a 6th grader’s rough draft, but it is mine and I think it is neat. Enjoy.
Ray was a dwarf and a rather old and unpleasant one at that. Where two or more were gathered, Ray always hoped not to be among them. Fortunately, others were never very drawn to Ray and the converse was certainly true. However, as fate would have it, an encounter with a certain neighborhood child was regrettably unavoidable.
“Ray Ray! Guess what guess what!,” said the rather excited child.
“First, my name is Ray not Ray Ray and second I do not want to guess anything,” said Ray in the most drawn out monotonous tone possible.
“They found speckies, real speckies!”
There was a long pause as Ray waited and hoped that a sufficient expression of disinterest would put the conversation to rest. The very notion of speckies, tiny mythical creatures that fly around and eat rocks, was absurd and not worth the time to talk about anyway. However, as nonsensical as speckies may be, they have always seemed to fascinate the minds of the young ones. Finally after an unbearably long and awkward pause, even for a socially inept dwarf, Ray decided to at least humor the child.
“Speckies, there be no speckies! Who’s been telling you stories, kid?”
“Some sages say they found them, or at least the signs of them. They also think speckies don’t stay around for very long. They appear, eat and fly around, and then they vanish”
“I think you mean they are born, seek out little children’s brains and conjure up silly imaginary stories, and then die? I just know I’ve never seen speckies and don’t want to see no speckies, if they can even be seen.”
The child was pleased to get such a reaction out of the grumpy old dwarf. A jest was a relief, and a sign that the child could get what he really wanted out of Ray.
“I’ve heard of other stories about speckies, the dark and scary kind,” said the child, “like ones where speckies would come out of nowhere and fill the whole sky and then vanish without a trace, except for some half eaten rocks.”
“Humph, that ain’t the scariest of the lot by far. When I was a child, I was told about speckies that could suck the very light out of a star for good, and not just one star but a whole group of them. They would leave holes in the sky that would take generations to fill.”
“What if we could talk to them? Then we could tell them to be good and leave stars alone!”
“Kid, if there are speckies, they are a brainless bunch, or at best have the brain of a parasite. But there ain’t no speckies so there’s no point in talking about it.”
* * *
“Captain, the passengers are getting anxious,” said the helmsman, “do you want me to open the upper deck?”
The captain had made this trip several times in his life and it was always the same. This stop was always the most anticipated. It was a chance for people to see something truly rare up close. He also knew it wouldn’t last forever and in the grand life of the universe this great event would pass in the blinking of an eye. Eventually there would be nothing here worth seeing, but this time was special.
“Lay in a course to take us closer, and start letting passengers on the upper deck but only a few at a time, we don’t need a stampede. Also, make sure the lower decks keeps their windows closed and shielded, we don’t need any passengers getting cooked”
“Yes sir. And sir, the science vessel, Darwin, just reported back and came up negative on any life in this system, microscopic or otherwise.”
The captain nodded and left the bridge. He had made it a custom to go and be with the first few passengers on the upper deck. When the captain arrived, a few passengers were already staring in amazement at the scene. The captain looked up and saw what he knew would eventually happen since the first time he made this voyage, and it was still more spectacular then he ever dreamed. Two stars from completely different star systems, a white dwarf and a relatively young yellow star, were colliding.