Hello lovely people and thanks for joining me for the midweek edition :).
Sharing a guest flash fiction piece piece today is my dear friend Joseph Veeravalli. Though he always insists he’s not a writer, Jo (as I more affectionately call him), enjoys penning flash every now and then. When he informed me (yes – told me it was happening and that was that) that he was writing one for this week’s Random Wednesdays’ post, I was pretty psyched. This was especially true as it’s taken from a story I’d love him to flesh out, as when he’d outlined it to me I fell in love with the plot. Anyway, enough jabbering from me.
We enter as Jessica is about to go away on a long space ride . . .
STILL (by Joseph Veeravalli)
“Look at you,” he said with a smile, the mere sight of her filled him with happiness. She returned his smile and lightly caressed his shoulder. She then spun, showing off her military dress uniform.
“It’s quite something isn’t it?” she asked while laughing. She moved close to him and leaned against the fence he was leaning on.
“You look beautiful,” he replied, taking in the sight of her. She was only seventeen years old, with a medium height and build, but the uniform made her look smaller, younger. Like a child playing dress up. She had been planning to go to college until she got drafted. It had come as a shock to both of them, she had never expressed any interest in the military and wasn’t much of a team player. Yet once she completed all the tests, she proved to be an excellent candidate for the Calibur Program.
“Thank you Dave,” she said, turning her face towards the sun. A silence grew between them. Before, while on dates or just spending time together, if there was silence it was a comfortable one, one that occurred between people that were happy to be in each other’s presence.
Now the silence was tense, it was pregnant with unasked questions and unspoken words. Dave hadn’t seen his girlfriend in six months and was scared to sour their reunion.
“I ship out tomorrow,” she said eventually, causing the young man to stare at the ground and sigh.
“War waits for no woman,” she replied, looking at him and grinning again.
“I know, I guess, but to leave so soon,” he mumbled.
“Yea, I know, it’s weird, but it’ll take thirteen years to get there and we need to get to them before they have a chance to send another fleet to earth.”
“That’s a long time to be on a space ship,” Dave said.
“It won’t be so bad. For me and everybody else on the ship, it’ll only be six months.” Her instructors had explained it while she was going through the training program. The faster an object moved, the slower time moved for it and the Sol Navy’s spaceships had enviable speed. A journey that appeared to take years for a person on earth, would be equal to a few months for those taking it.
“It just seems so weird, the fact that I’ll be thirty and you’ll only be eighteen.”
“I felt that way for me at the start, but only cause I used to think that the earth was still. But it’s not, nothing stays still. We’re moving at thousands of kilometers through our solar system, which is moving through our galaxy, which is moving through the universe,” she said with excitement. “It’s crazy to think about, but it’s also so awesome.” Silence fell between them again.
“It’ll be alright,” she said trying to comfort him. She cupped his face in her hands and turned it towards her, “It will.”
He grabbed her hands and pulled her close, kissing her on the lips.
“I’ll wait for you Vanessa,” Dave replied pressing his forehead against hers. Vanessa laughed and pulled away from him, once again spinning in the sunlight.
“But still I’ll-” Dave started but Vanessa cut him off.
“Dave… even if the navy arrived in the Argus System and immediately won, it’ll be twenty-six years before I make it back to Earth.”
“That doesn’t matter,” he insisted.
“Nothing stays still, Dave,” she said with a sad smile, “And you shouldn’t either.” ~
*Announcer voice*: Does Dave love Vanessa till the end? Will they win the war? These questions and more answered, if Jo ever decides to flesh the story out ^_^. Hope you enjoyed this flash fiction guest piece by Joseph Veeravalli!
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Have a great evening all and I’ll see you Friday ^_^!
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