Three Line Tales: Scream in the void

TLT week 19 – space

photo by NASA – click here for full res version (and with this one, you want the big             version to see all the detail)


Sylvie’s cheek ached, the plastic of the telescope’s eyepiece unforgivingly hard. For days since the explosion, she’d watched the fallout mark the cosmos, staining indigo golden brown. The initial blast had resembled a chrysanthemum bloom – fat, swollen – then as the dust entered the neighbouring constellation’s gravity, the bloom stretched and broke apart, its petals thrown lose.

She knew she was looking into the past, that due to the vast distance light must travel from the fringes of the universe, the impact had hit nearby planets thousands – hundreds of thousands – of years ago.

But she couldn’t help wonder. If she listened hard as she watched the collision on that far pocket of creation –

Would she hear the screams?



Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales – an exercise in stretching the rules to snapping point, as I see it. See the beautifully chosen pic and write your damndest. See here for Ts and the inevitable Cs.

34 thoughts on “Three Line Tales: Scream in the void

  1. What an awe-inspiring idea, to be able to peer so far across the stars, so deep into the past, to see such monumental destruction — something so unbelievably huge and powerful at its source turned into such a tiny image in a telescope.

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    1. Thank you, Sonali. Yes, I took a bit of a liberty here, as space is a vacuum and sound can’t pass through it. But perhaps she’d hear the scream in her head? Anyway, thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂

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    1. Yes, one of the many mind boggling facts about the universe. It’s all too much to take on board, really. Best to accept it all on face value and have a nice cup of tea and a Custard Cream, I’d say :). Thanks for reading, Jane


      1. Haha! Yes, true. Silent explosions in space is something my husband – sci-fi fan and science geek – loves to see on films. That and spaceships in daylight rather than deep space. He is a funny man 🙂


    1. Thank you so much. It’s good fun to find the juggle about with things, to search for the right word and finally feel you’ve found it. Thank you so much for reading and for your encouraging comments 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Yes, weird thought, isn’t it? Any stars we see in deep space may have winked out of existence years ago. The closest we have to time travel – for now 🙂 Thanks for reading


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