Microfiction: Starman

For Charli Mills’ writing prompt: a 99 word fairy tale.


Once upon a time there was a little boy who gazed at the stars. Far away, a little girl wished on every falling star to catch one and follow where it led.

The boy grew up to be a starman. On his first voyage to investigate Earth, he was drawn out of orbit and fell, streaking the night with fire. He climbed out of the vessel, the smoking crater, and took the hands of the girl with brilliant eyes who was waiting for him. Together they repaired his ship and flew away to write their destiny among the stars.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

34 thoughts on “Microfiction: Starman”

      1. Just like Star Trek there are the sub plots, romance, hardship, even princesses.

        I like mysteries, but I can’t watch the show ‘Criminal Minds’ TV show anymore. Just too ‘bad’. I have enough nightmares with out that show.

      2. I watch just a few shows. The NCIS and the like. And being a Grama I watch the kiddie channel when ‘babysitting’ M-F, but I also read quite a bit to my 2.5 year old.

        I pick ‘feel good’ films. Well I did see the new Star Wars. But I like to write more these days. Poetry and flash fiction. 🙂

        I’ve taken to also watching the cooking and golf channels when I fold laundry sometimes. For white noise.

      3. I have contemporaries who still iron everything. The iron underwear, hand towels, pillow cases, sheets. Mad! And sad. It’s because they don’t have anything more fulfilling to do.


      4. Where’s a blank piece of paper, or my shoes for a good walk. I supposed it is all in how one is brought up. I’d rather used my imagination 😉

      5. Too many girls brought up with the idea that they made the home beautiful before they even dared to sit down with a cup of coffee. Heaven forbid sit down and write a book!


      6. I’ve never let that vision hamper my desire to write for over 45 years. The book part though that’ll have to wait just a tad. Not to many go for modern poets. Lucky to have found blogging (though the name is awful) and the wonderful support of other creative folks. 🙂

  1. Loved your rather SF take on the fairy tale Jane. Nice tribute too to the late great Major Tom. And just touch of Icarus too, but with a happy ending. Well done!

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