A Little Peace

The dream was always the same. A beautiful young lady smiling and laughing as she twirled around the room only to collapse on the floor as a disembodied scream filled the house.

“Are you okay?”

He walked toward the woman. Her once beautiful face now horrified. She screamed and covered her head – a feeble attempt to block out the inevitable. He woke in a puddle of sweat just as his fingertips brushed her hair. He dreaded going to sleep, yet felt compelled to help.

She wished he would turn around and see his murderer standing behind him. She wanted peace.



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“It starts with one word.” Jardon stared at the paper in the typewriter and repeated his grandfather’s words. It wasn’t possible. He said it was magical, but Jardon assumed he meant his stories were magical. It’s just a typewriter, isn’t it? By dawn, he had a complete manuscript.

This was written for and inspired by Twittering Tales #122.

Above the Clouds

Brick by brick they built into the sky. Life above the clouds was their only remaining choice. Pillars rose across the kingdom and names were placed into the tower lottery.

Francis, Glade, and Upton rejoiced as they were chosen. Once in their towers, they removed their breathing filters and augmented vision glasses. Life in the sun was quiet, peaceful, and new. The three engineers waved to each other and rigged their mirror communication and light transport lines.

They felt like winners until the order to begin laying the foundation for the new sky kingdom arrived. If only they could fly.

One-a-Day Haiku #36

destructive beauty
perpetual renaissance
universal life

Photo Info: Release Date: May 3, 2004 09:00 AM A Dying Star Shrouded by a Blanket of Hailstones Forms the Bug Nebula (NGC 6302) The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. The fiery, dying star at its center is shrouded by a blanket of icy hailstones. This NASA Hubble Wide Field Plantery Camera 2 image shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows. Object Names: NGC 6302, Bug Nebula Image Type: Astronomical Credit: NASA, ESA and A.Zijlstra (UMIST, Manchester, UK) To learn more about this image go to: http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/nebula/pr2004046a/ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation’s largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.