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The Properties of Hydrogen and Helium


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The sun shone, but its light was now cold. Kent and his wife on their porch, huddled in parkas and blankets, spent a few moments outdoors wondering why grass still grew. Closing their eyes, staring into the sun, they no longer saw the red brightness behind their lids. The rules had been changed for weeks. Still none knew why.

Scientists were aghast, blindsided, voraciously contemplating data, experiments– the inevitable remapping of all they knew. The religions preached Armageddon, or patiently waited in prayer.

Kent clung to Ava, and she to him. Their only calm, was in the part of them that had wanted children.        

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21 thoughts on “The Properties of Hydrogen and Helium

  1. I was really intrigued by the title of this piece, before I even clicked on it to read the rest. This is a great use of the prompt. I am dying to know what has caused this phenomenon – please write some more!

    • Thanks for your input on the title. I don’t usually feel so good at naming stories, but I’ve gotten a bit better at it lately!

      I’m glad you like how I used the prompt. When I finished this, I thought of it as a movie or something. I love sci-fi, but I wonder if I could add to this… I’ll give it some thought! Thanks!

      • Love sci-fi too, you seem to like
        delving into to the human psyche.
        The ending is ambigous. They
        wanted children? It makes me
        wonder if aliens destroyed our
        sun to prevent that very thing –
        The spread of the enimy spawn –
        I love thinking like an outsider.

      • I live in the human psyche, in more ways than one. I love trying to figure out how people think. I wish I could bring us all together.

        Outsider thinking mixed with art can take us far. I’m sure of that. 😉

  2. I was not even really paying attention to who had written this until I read it. I have to say, this a really wonderful departure for you. Not that you don’t always write brilliant stuff, but I feel like you took a risk with a new “genre” so to speak, and its incredible. Bravo! More!

    • Thanks, Lisa! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      I’m always interested in the human element in whatever story I’m working on, so my set up piece for the “Mohagany Curls” series may not have conveyed that it was going to be sci-fi based. I’m kind of glad I didn’t get enough response to it to continue, because I’ve learned a lot more about ‘construction’ and editing since then. The editing used to be quite vexing for me until after I joined Twitter and then these 100 Word Challenges came along! It’s all been good practice.

      I’ll try to figure out what’s going on in this one and see what I can come up with. Thanks, again!

    • Yes, it is! I love logical science fiction. It doesn’t have to make sense to scientists, but I like a reasonably logical and well pondered mythology for whatever’s happening in a sci-fi book, or onscreen. I’m glad you liked this entry, Julia. Thanks for your kind words!

  3. Re,

    Another good write. Perhaps I need my eyes examined. How on earth did I miss this? I was looking at the drop down menu and it pulled me right in – The title ROCKS.

    I love disaster movies and scenarios so I found this very cool. It’s so cool in fact that I agree with someone above, save it and expound on it because hey you never know!!

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