“There she goes, honey. We did it,” Brian said, smiling through the tears as he looked down into his wife’s eyes.
“I can’t believe she’s gone. Do you really think they’ll make it to Mars?” Trisha said. No matter how hard she tried she couldn’t keep her voice steady.
“It’s her only chance. Don’t worry. She’s a survivor our daughter and we’ve given her the best possible chance. If she’d stayed here with us she’d be dead tomorrow, just like everyone else.”
Trisha looked up at the huge flaming ball lighting up the sky in the east.
“You don’t think there’s any chance they’re wrong. That the comet will miss Earth.”
“There’s always hope, love, but the odds are against us,” he said. “We have a lot to be grateful for though. We’re luckier than most. You got Kiara on that ship. Part of us will live on in her.”
“Yeah,” Trisha said, looking across the ocean. “You’re right. So where do you want to spend the last day of our lives.”
“Can we stay here?” he said, sitting down on the ice shelf and watching the space in the sky where the shuttle disappeared. “I feel really close to her here.”
“You know I always envied the relationship you had with her. I wish we’d been as close. I guess we were too much alike.”
“She loved you too,” he said. “I’m glad she’s not here. I can’t imagine how I’d have gotten through the next twenty-four hours knowing she was going to die too.”
“I know, honey. I could never have let you go through that.” Trisha pulled her husband close and shut her eyes firmly. Visions of her own hands wrapped around her daughter’s neck haunted her. “I could never have let you go through that.”
Carolyn Young is a single mum living in Melbourne with her children and rescue cats. Most of her writing falls under the speculative fiction banner with Young Adult dystopian as her main focus. She has several short stories appearing in both Australian and international publications.
A considerable amount of her life has been spent moving from one university course to another trying to find her place in the world before realising her interest in reading extended to an even stronger passion for writing.
She now spends her spare time reading, writing and dreaming of the day she can move to the country and write full-time.
As a writer she credits any and all success to her cat, who always knows the right keys to walk over to inspire creativity.
Carolyn’s short story, ‘The Beginning of the End’ was published in Aussie Speculative Fiction’s anthology, ‘Beginnings.’
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