The Lunar Eclipse

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Ninny Rhino – the Mini WriMo – day 16

Lovely Diana Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror, has these Speculative Fiction Prompts once a month. I got tempted to join, and here is my contribution for March!

This is the first time ever, I write a story in a language other than my native one. I aimed for a short, short story, but got caught. It rather seems like a beginning of something!
– So, now let’s see how it goes! 

The Lunar Eclipse

I wake up shivering immensely. Still with my eyes closed, I lay my hand over my hearts. They are both beating. A bit vague and uneven, but enough to ensure me I’m still alive. I take a deep breath. The air is cold but clean and pleasant.

I open my eyes. Above me linger stars on a black background, and a faint light dwells from somewhere beyond. Around me are huge buildings, and I realize I am lying on sand. Icy cold sand. Slowly I rise to my feet. My head is pounding.

Scattered around me lies the transporting device. In thousands of pieces as it seems. No wonder I feel like a huge bruise, but a couple more than usual don’t seem like a big issue. After all, being here, where-ever this ”here” is, is a lot better than…
I don’t let that thought go further.

Where am I? How far have I been journeying? My head fills with thousands of questions. It’s obvious, this isn’t my intended destination. I gaze at the stars but can’t recognize any of the constellations. A wave of dizziness passes through me.

A bit feebly, I walk along the street and soon reach the corner. I turn and once again lift my eyes to the sky. A full lunar eclipse, the most fascinating I’ve ever seen, and I can see an entire universe behind. I stay in a maze for a long time.

I need to leave. To find water most of all. But also to find friendly people. This is a huge city, but it’s dead. I realize that. No sounds. No lights. No nothing. The streets are covered with sand and I see dunes that indicate rather fierce storms. I listen and I sniff the air, but nothing tells me a storm is near now. The only thing my senses tell me, is that the city has been dead for a very long time.
Then I turn around and start walking.

After what feels like ages, though my wristwatch tells me it has been just half an hour, I reach the outskirts of the city. In front of my eyes, a desert stretches out in the dusk, like the shadow of a hawk over its prey. Occasional bushes are spotted over the landscape, and I hope some of them hide a water supply. In the faraway horizon a mountain ridge is stretched out like a dead dinosaur. I throw a quick glance back on the city and the awkward lunar eclipse. I just can’t understand! Something is wrong, but what?

I’ve lost most of my belongings. In one of my pockets I find a small pen knife carved with my initials. JC. In the other a small box with safety matches. In my backpack there is a carton with biscuits and an empty water bottle, but that’s all. I recall having drunk that water sometime during the flight and never refilled the bottle. Stupid me. There are also a lot of holes in the backpack. Due to the crash, I guess. Not worth the while to be upset over what is. After all, I’m alive and walking.
The odd thing is, the lunar eclipse is still there! Exactly the same!

I find a small, almost round and fairly smooth stone, rinse it as thoroughly I can with my t-shirt, and then put it in my mouth. I suck it for a while and my throat doesn’t feel as dry any longer, and I manage to keep on walking. I aim for the largest bush I can see that isn’t too far away. I pray quietly for drinkable water.
Only about ten minutes later I reach the bush, and explore the closest possibilities to find some water. And I’m in luck! After digging away the sand like a dog at a couple of spots, I find moist earth and with the help of my penknife, I dig further down. Sweat is pouring down my forehead, and I can hardly see what I’m doing but I keep on struggling. I just got to get some water.

”What are you doing?”
The harsh voice startles me like nearby lightning in broad daylight.
”Do you think you’re a rabbit or something? You won’t find water there. Not enough anyway.”
In less than a second I’ve been dragged up in the open, and am standing on my own feet, panting and frightened. In front of me stands an old man with wild hair and a bushy beard. He grins at me, and hands over a bottle.
”Drink!” he says hoarsely.
I hesitate for just a few seconds before I drink, and may God forgive me, but this is the fucking best water I’ve ever had.

”You’re a tiny little one”, he says. ”Got a name?”
”JC”, I say reluctantly.”
”Jaycee? Is that supposed to be a name?”
”Well… kind of…”
”Okay, Jaycee. I’m Bill! Just Bill!”
He looks straight into my eyes while grabbing my right hand with both his, and holds it tight for a moment. They are huge, warm and rough.

”SO!” he grunts. ”Who are you, besides a Jaycee. Where do you come from and where are you heading?”
”I… I don’t know.”
”You don’t know who you are?” His eyes burn into mine.
”No no… I know who I am! But I don’t know where I came from… not exactly… there was some kind of accident, and somehow I landed over there. In the city.”
I turn and point backward. The city is no more than a silhouette in the dusk.
”Aha. An accident you say. Maybe it was that explosion I heard earlier today. You’re lucky to be alive then, I must say.”
He pauses for a while, then continuous.
”And you’re heading?”
”I… I don’t know. Just to find…something! Someone!”
I start to cry and I hate myself for it. It’s so girly. I don’t want to be a girl.

He looks at me and then he points at the city.
”It’s dead.”
”I know.”
”I reckon you do… but do you also know that the time is dead?”
I just stare at him. Is he crazy?
”Yes, also the time is dead. It’s that eclipse! It has taken over the city. It’s like a disease that finally kills. And it’s spreading. Did you stay there long?”
”No, I don’t think so.”
”Hope you’re right. Now let’s go.”
”Where?”
”As far away as possible from that city and the Lunar Eclipse.”

Computing

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Also the 6th day of 9 of Ninny Rhino. Though it is still early in the morning and I am still in bed.

Spent way too many hours yesterday sitting at my desk in front of my Laptop. The Rhino 🦏 and the new Scrivener triggered an urge to get it all neat and tidy among my endlessly amount of files and folders with writing stuff. It’s quite frightening how many copies and versions I have of everything.

I can hardly see the woods for all the trees! If you catch my drift…

So I have been moving files, and deleting files, and searched for what I have from different angles. Very tiring but also very satisfying to do so. Still, I have loads left to maintain.

Today though, I’ll be with friends both during forenoon and afternoon. I love ❤️ my Thursdays!

But after dinner, this evening, I’ll most likely be seated at my desk in front of my laptop again. Or maybe in the sofa.

Funny Rhino – day 4 of 9

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Feel like I’ve done next to nothing today. Fell asleep late last night, woke up early. Biked to my grandson – in the rain, picked him up, put him in the car, drove him to the doctor. He have had a nasty sore throat and been sick for a week.

Then I drove him home again, continued to the pharmacy, bought coughing syrup, pain killers, Vitamin C and such, drove back – he was fairly okay…

Biked home in the rain…

Had a late second breakfast, did nothing for a while, fell asleep in the sofa for two hours….

Then it was almost the middle of the afternoon.

. . . . . . . . . .

Computer time! (For... like... the rest of the day. Almost... )

Had in mind to update my Scrivener to version 3.

BUT!

Haven’t the same mail address as I had when I bought version 2 in 2013.

So…..

I had to do something about that, otherwise I couldn’t get version 3 to the reduced price. I would have to buy a totally new – to almost twice the cost. (45 US dollars instead of 25)

Wouldn’t want to do that, would I?

Mailed Literature & Latte. To the update/info address.
Automatic message – they had loads of emails from people who asked about Scrivener. Should mail me back as soon as possible. (When? In two days? Next week?)

Browsed the L&L site, tested the button BUY!!!!!

A note appeared: if you have changed address, please contact us on sales…..
(With a faulty address, you can’t get the reduced-price-update.)
(Oh! Sorry! I’ve already stated that…)

Mailed!
A similar automatic message appeared and I prepared myself to get some help in one or two days… maybe…

Suddenly there was the mail !!! From some Astrid !!! Thought at first the mail was a hoax. But it wasn’t.

She had changed my old mail address to my present one, but told me to wait before trying to buy and download. It would take a while before all the necessary changes in the system had landed.

Evening. I tried to buy and download for the second time and now I got all I needed. The download, the registration number… everything I needed to get the NEW Scrivener!

And from there on, all was as easy as eating peanuts, roasted and salted.

 

And I finally managed to write something as well...

 

 

Oh! My! God!

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This new blank page, totally empty – and demanding – it’s scary like hell…

“Now, now! Be strong, Thêa! You know you can do it!”

“I know… but… still scared…”

“See it for what it is, an old, untrue belief, then put it away.
Say: I’m good at this! I can do it!”

“Okay!
I’m good at this!
I can do it!
I’m good at this!
I can do it!
I’m good at this!
I can do it!
I can!”