The prompts for this story were: dark star safari, last call, a moment of yearning.
As usual, the three prompts already suggested a story: Someone is loading for a trip. Dark star safari suggested outer space. Who was yearning? The story unspooled from there.
Oddly enough, given that Orion doesn’t usually enjoy first-person stories, this one demanded to be told from that point of view.
As with other stories lately, we are finding that moving some of the exposition into the narrator’s thoughts strengthens the impact of the story. See, we’re still growing and learning our craft as writers just like everyone else.
As usual, Johnny was up earlier than I was. Logically, my little brother should have made breakfast, but most of the time, I’d find him drinking kaffo, reading a space story, or perusing travel brochures. Today, he sat at a dining room table covered with pamphlets and reference books. His Note-Tab was propped up by a thick book he favored: Dr. Drummond’s All Things Space. Coming up behind him, I saw an info page for ‘Dark Star Safari – Experience the very best the universe has to offer!’
I pointed at the screen. “What’s this? I haven’t heard of them before.”
He turned a shining face up toward me. “They’re new! Sit down. I’ll show you.” (more…)