Three line tales: Cosmic vengeance

Thank you Sonya for a great photo prompt. I love these NASA images.


For billions of years, the star had been forming on the outer edge of creation, pushed further and further into the darkness as the universe expanded into eternity.

Other stars grew bright and fierce, spawned planets held in thrall, nurtured life and settled into their constellations like so many happy families.

Anger and hatred at its ostracism seethed beneath the surface, in the magma bones, of the deformed star, and when the time was ripe, it heaved around in its erratic flight, a cosmic bomb, and hurtled inward, onward, Earthward.

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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.

33 thoughts on “Three line tales: Cosmic vengeance”

  1. Wow, fantastic take on the photo. Wonderful stuff, Jane! And yes, those NASA pictures are incredible, aren’t they? I love that they make them available like this.

  2. Beautiful, Jane. Love the rhythms here, the feeling that space and planets hold personalities in there rocky mantles. Love ‘magma bones’ too – just perfect for making us feel the worlds are alive. Great write

    1. Thanks Lynn πŸ™‚ The idea of all that space filled with giant rocks terrifies me when I think about it. If the Gaulois had known exactly how much sky there was to fall on their heads, they’d probably have committed mass suicide!

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