Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the one hundred and nineteenth piece in this series. This week’s is a 376-worder by short story author and poet Jade Kennedy. This story will be podcasted in episode 37 (with two other stories and some 6-worders) on Sunday 22nd February.
We are taught that we are blessed – too far away and all life would never have begun, the earth would have become as cold and lifeless as iron. Too close and our planet would have raged under clouds of toxins and withered under its own suffocating heat. We live perfectly, travelling through a green and vibrant celestial sea around our young sun.
We saw our fellow traveller early in the 1700s through a modern telescope, a work of art sculpted out of bronze and glass by an avid Irish stargazer. Best seen at dusk, close to the setting sun it was named ‘Scáth Éadrom’ meaning ‘Light Shadow’. We were suddenly not alone in our tranquil green sea, and this planet faced us as our shadow from across the stars. Many poems and stories followed its discovery and its magic worked its way into our fairy tales and myths.
Some said the people living there were giants of fortune and abundance. They lived and breathed in silver and gold, every wish cast during a waxing moon upon Light Shadow was sure to be granted. In some tales, this was a planet of red and deep madness, of a people that lived in caves with no eyes or mouths and knew nothing of their own existence and that wishes cast could not be seen by blind eyes or that blindness itself would befall the hopeful.
As the years carried us forward, technology shone a curious light on ‘Light Shadow’ and it was discovered to be a fruitful Eden, green and lush like our own, with land and sea, and a large atmosphere – even more curiosity was created by these discoveries. Scientists wrote book after book of theories, meanings and predictions, gave heated and grand debates. Technology could not evolve fast enough and we were falling over ourselves to find a way to finally speak over the void of space. When the time came to broadcast our voices to our long-unknown neighbours, it was greeted with uncontained joy and time-consuming preparation. Our world was for once deathly silent as the greeting was carried into space, breath held, heartbeat quietened, children silenced, history was waiting. We received nothing more than white noise and a heartbreaking quiet.
I asked Jade what prompted this piece and she said…
When I found out about ‘the green belt’ around our sun – the perfect distance for life to thrive – my imagination started working overtime. I played with the idea of another planet in this ‘green belt’, and wondered what the world would have thought when it was discovered? Could there be another planet full of life in our solar system? It was something that kept me fascinated for ages and this flash fiction came from it.
I loved it. Thank you for sharing it, Jade.
Her poetry has been included in various zines and she is now looking to find more homes for her flash fiction.
She writes a blog – ‘Borrowed Expressions’ at http://www.jadekennedywriter.blogspot.co.uk.
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