These things tend to be short pieces that may or may not be the beginning of something else. Originally they were 101 words but this month I will allow myself more. M’s prompt was ‘Amethyst Tears’
When the first stars went out no one noticed at first. There are after all nearly ten thousand visible in the night sky. Or at least there were. It wasn’t long though before people realised and when it started to be reported, well you can imagine how everything went all to hell.
Many proclaimed it was the end of days and the sign of the second coming of one fellow or another, and most were pretty clear on the matter that everyone was going to be judged – and most likely pretty harshly, and obviously not them. Not many of them lasted long though because when all you can do day to day is watch the universe being slowly snuffed it will do pretty terrible things to you.
Some hardier souls did continue to rejoice in what they believed was a certain future for them and the other believers but that slow creeping fear is a terrible thing, and eventually even the most hardy failed the test of faith and succumbed to the madness. A mind is a fragile thing it seems and it takes a lot less to break it than you might think.
Those of a more pragmatic nature did better than most, simply spending the nights watching the sky go out and the days mindful of whatever time they had left which turned out to not be long at all.
In those final hours, as the inky black of the darkest night descended, the sky rained amethyst tears and those that remained looked to the skies for a final time in wonder as everything came to an end. It all happened pretty quickly and wasn’t painful at all and was a sight to behold indeed. I think it was a fitting end to what hadn’t been a particular successful experiment.
Maybe next time round I’ll try something else but for now, I think I’m just going to enjoy the peace and quiet.