Daily Snippit: Science Fiction

The oddest thing about being planet-side is you can’t help but notice all the ways it isn’t like Earth. The gravity’s a little heavier, the air a little thicker, the local flora’s scents have an acidic tang that stings the back of your throat. And the moon, or lack thereof, just sits wrong in your subconscious.

When it’s night, it’s night. You can’t see the hand in front of your face, or the vines in front of your boots, and there tends to be a lot of cursing and stumbling, but then you look up… and it’s like looking into eternity. Take every clear winter’s night you can remember, when you were miles from the city’s masking glow and the stars seemed endless, and blend them all together and you have a fraction of the view.

And all those stars– those millions of stars blazing away in the darkness, are just another reminder of how far from home you really are.

But at least they don’t stink.

Martha Bechtel

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  1. saavikam77

    Wow, that’s a really surreal and vivid description! O_O I’d love to see this in a larger context.

    Merry Xmas, btw! *hugs* ^_^

    1. Martha Bechtel

      I’m glad you liked it! ^_^ I’m trying to get back in the habit of daily snippiting (which never seems that hard in theory ^_~;;). I think this will probably end up being a ‘Carson and Ship’ snippit, but I’ve got some odd plot bunnies playing around with the Quan again, so you never know. *ponders* I think I have too many ‘verses. ^_^;;

      1. saavikam77

        LMAO. I can’t keep up with all of my universes, either. :p Every time I write a one-shot, it ends up requiring *more*, and becomes a whole involved thing. ^_^

        1. Martha Bechtel

          I just can’t keep the random tangents from running off and multiplying. If all I did was go back and finish off the snippits I’d have too much work to ever get done! ^_^;;

          Although that’s not a bad idea for next year… *ponders*

  2. meggins

    *Wonders what does stink.* I mean in terms of this snippet. It’s not a thought that usually comes up with stars.

    1. Martha Bechtel

      *grins and points up a few sentences* The flowers. ^_~ hehehe

      1. meggins

        D’oh! With something this short you’d think I’d remember what I read in the first paragraph, but that’s me all over these days. This morning I forgot how our shower works (for about 5 minutes).

        1. Martha Bechtel

          *grin* I know how you feel! I’ve spent so much time lately working with computer code that I’m starting to think in IfThen statements. ^_~ hehehe

          1. meggins

            And I can relate to that. When I worked with graphic novels a lot, I began to dream in panels! Yes, complete with dialogue balloons.

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