Thursday photo prompt: Glimmer #writephoto

This is my entry for Sue Vincent‘s, of The Daily Echo Thursday Photo Prompt. #writephoto

Last Glimmer.

Hope

The one

Last Glimmer

Burned through the dawn

We’d all given up hope

Of reaching the safety

Of civilization

All of our hopes dashed and broken

Fuel on empty the engines cut out

We went down in sight of the city lights.

The aliens had bought the virus here

Unknowingly, they meant us no harm

They taught us how to save our world

To treat Nature with respect

Then came the plague

The cure found too late

For the one last

Glimmer of

Human

Hope.

Their Ships Have Souls

They came from Jupiter, they come from Mars they came from Alfa Centori they came from near and far they sped towards me from every home planet and the stars.

Every favour Lars and I ever laid down. I was calling it in now.I dared not tell what I had seen they would of dismissed it with a frown. Call signs tumbled into my birth over the shipwide radio relay. I grabbed my helmet headed to the bridge.

Names I had not heard spoken for years were crashing across the airwaves and falling through my ears. OH! how I wished Lars was here to see how many had answered our call. The delight and joy would of near burst his heart had he been here to hear the roll-call

We all met on the Aura  she was the biggest ship. She was a huge battle cruiser with a flight deck she even had some fighter ships and with pilots too  she may of need painting  but for me she’d do! Everyone was shouting , everyone had a plan. The noise was doing my head in so I raised my voice and shouted  “Quiet” ……….. they obeyed me to a man!

The crew

I felt lost, without Lars I felt so very small. But somehow I found my voice and I addressed them all. I told them what I knew and I told them what Lars and I had seen and when I was sure they were on my side I told them about my dream.

Everyone  accepted me everyone agreed they were all behind me and I was so relieved!! I felt a gentle touch upon my shoulder and I turned around to see my dear mum smiling down on me!

Their Ships have Souls

I must of fallen asleep for when I awoke I was in a castle keep. As I looked out the windows to my delight I saw my pet crows out in flight.

I just could not believe my eyes I had missed them so. They are my close confidants on Jupiter since I’d been left alone they had grown so very close.

I did not know this place this weird and lonely mountain range the grey sky heavy with snow and my dearest crows here all of this is strange.

Behind me I hear a noise, it makes jump I turn around to greet my mother. She is pleased that I knew she was there, to teach me to use my gifts she had taken care. Why is she here  I ask though my heart is glad to see her face  I have missed her since she passed on to a better place.

‘Come’ she bade me ‘we have not much time,the others are waiting  you are now part of the sisterhood divine’. I approached a table long, it was surrounded by faces I knew, sisters, my ancestors I could not help myself I silently called my favourite crow to my side. As she gently alighted on my shoulder the relief I could not hide she made me bolder.

I took my place at the bottom of the table, I was the youngest there looking at the company gathered here to judge the power I was just not able.

The eldest present then arose and cried I have seen the future, I have seen the enemy I have seen the end, all of the races of man had died.

She then shared her vision with us all it was as if the door of hell was opened and I had to steady my crow to stop her fall.

Sweat as cold as ice enveloped me I was appalled and terrified at what I could see.My hands were taken from both sides my mother and grandma gave me strength I sighed the whole sisterhood joined with me and show me more of that I did not want to see.

Once more I awoke but this time back on the ship with vessels all around silently through space endless dark and cold we forged along to meet the enemy to behold the vision I had just seen……………… I tell you now I was less than keen.

Their ships have souls

My crew were all sleeping I was at the helm alone.My mind was out there wandering  showing me sight of Lars and our home. Now I do not want to encourage you fly without having your ship in your complete and full command . I could see our whole life together and I swear I felt Lars take my hand.

Space outside was silent,deep and menacing now my mind clear of all dreams I scanned for anything that I could find!

I woke the crew as Jupiter came into view they were old as I had said  but they knew just what they had to do. I had to brake radio silence to check my fleet was out here. I asked them simply to confirm they were all near.

I reminded them to keep silence but at once I knew it was to late . I heard the aliens speaking directly to me a sound I had already grown to hate. Their voices all  clamouring to be heard all at once, all at once I could not make out a single word.

Suddenly  beside me my ancestors did appear they told me I needed to clear my head and concentrate if, the aliens, I wanted to hear. So as much as I love to fly a ship, to be in total charge  I asked one of the guys to take the helm for me. I went back to my cabin.I was going to shut all things out to see what I can see!

Outside the fleet had joined us all ready for the push. The dark drew in around our fleet I could feel the evil it was tangible to me fear of the future and the enemy we were about to meet.

I feel the sisterhood of my ancestors fill my room. I know that they will guide me and I finally feel some light begin to glow in this fearful gloom.

Ships with Souls

It was quiet out there the ships all answered my call to arms. It was all still suddenly life had been becalmed!

Space is huge and merciless it cares not if you lose command it is cruel and mean it is under hand. All quiet came the reply from every ship,I did not trust the quiet and I was glad I had a weapon at my hip.

But above the voices of my captains came the the evil sound , personal and haunting causing to my ears pain. Closer ever closer moving in the alien fleet all whispering to me “we will win” I felt like screaming back at them “No you shall not” but even in my head by voice sounded scared and thin.

Space is dark and silent it has no beginning and no end it is mysterious and dangerous and it is never, ever your friend. As I stood there in the silence of the dawn my eyes looking spacewards my senses all on fire my mind by alien forces being drawn.

I vowed that I would fight. I vowed that I would help my people win  but Lars was by my side then how can I cope without him.

All of a sudden I screamed into the mike that, it was not quiet, it was deafening,  it was painful it was scary. Beware beware they are all around us they are out there. At last I felt my ancestors my, sisters in the sight, I had not felt them lately I feared they had deserted me in my plight.  I felt their powers burning me I felt their, sister hood. I felt their blood running in my veins and knew that this was good.

I was shocked to see their faces they were nearer to me then those I’d had seen before. My Great Grandma  my Grandma and my Mother those who had schooled me for what is now in store. Their Powers so much greater than mine were raising in my soul at last, for the first time since Lars’s death I was actually feeling whole.

Though I was scared and lonely I felt their powers strong, at last, I thought, at last. Now I felt the power to go on. I held my breath and spoke to them and to my delight  turned  and spoke to me. They answered my fears with hope my dread with loving smiles and even if I stood here alone I knew that I could cope.

And so I rallied my fleet and ordered them ready as I put on my helmet and headed for my craft I heard a voice say “steady!” I swung round my visor halving my sight was that Lars in the doorway come to make sure I was ready . My sight cleared, no it was Jayden she had heard my scream she ran to me and bade me come back alive or she would personally see to it that I would never thrive!

I reached into my pocket and feeling something scraped my fingers, it was Lars’s badge. I fixed it to my flight suit I felt his presence and I prayed to him to linger. Hugging Jayden and swearing I’d be back I sent off to the launch bay to fly into the black!

It was quiet out there the ships all answered my call to arms. It was all still suddenly life had been becalmed!

Space is huge and merciless it cares not if you lose command it is cruel and mean it is under hand. All quiet came the reply from every ship,I did not trust the quiet and I was glad I had a weapon at my hip.

Ships with Souls

And so in the arms of Morpheus I rest  my senses stilled but not entirely depressed. I need to sleep, I need to empower my brain and my limbs for I must be at my best when I wake again!

Alone in my bunk where by my side Lars should be. My heart is broken, even in sleep I know his face I never shall again see. A gentle lunar breeze off Io’s plains  lifts my hair and caresses my face again. I feel the stirrings in my being, my breasts swell and I offer myself up.  I feel Lars’s presence he whispers and his warm breath, I know so well.With gentle hands and kisses full he takes me from this living hell. With fire and forceful moves he takes me to heavens high and as I scream out in high delight.My eyes open now I am wet, I moan and reach out only to find myself alone in the night.

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It is pointless weeping for my love lost. No point in wasting my energy I need it all for the fight which must be won at all costs.  Sleep no longer an option and so I threw on my coat and went to see the moons! I stood alone outside the colony on Io’s dusty plain thinking of the fight about to start so soon.

I felt the enemy speak to me from out in space, its voice was cold and hard and chilled my soul. The voice was loud and had no grace. This made we shiver from head to toe this forthright voice I had come to know. I felt a tear escape from my eye I was alone even my ancestors seemed to have left me, gone but not said why.

Returning as the suns arose I made strong coffee and blew my nose no more tears will I shed until I am victorious or even dead. Picking up a headset from the radio I called my ships hidden out on the Rim I spoke with them all and I was honest our chances were thin…………….

They have ships with souls

what am I to do

Here am I what do I do, I now have to face the rest of my life without you. Lost and forgotten on Io’s plains tired and fearful forced to face my fate again.

Jayden  reminded me that I can no longer hide the  gift of sight I am duty bound to save my race from it’s yet unknown plight.

I do not want this heavy burden I do not want to carry the extra weight. I preferred my life with Lars, I was hidden, safe my happiness on a plate. But no more to feel his burning touch now he is dead,  fear sized me it was just too much.

When a child still, the first dreams came of how the machines would come and invade man’s domain. The huge space ships  that had  thinking souls that came by night and devoured planets whole! They showed no mercy, man woman or child if they stood in the machine’s path they would be left on the ground a corpse sucked dry and left cold.

They told me, the old one’s, that I thought too much and that it was unworldly to talk of such. Then Lars came into my life, he understood my dreams he did not shun away he took me for his wife. He understood from what I said, that he had taken on my path and he would walk with me until he was dead.

We stood together out on the Rim  he helped to hide my secret gift of sight from kit and kin. He recruited a  fleet of ships and men, on my word,  for I foresaw the armada of ships upon their way our planets to lay waist and us to slay.

the ships with souls

We kept watch both day and night our fleet was ready at moments notice to take flight.

And so tonight in Jayden’s room I sit and share a beer she is my best friend but she is not Lars I fear. In my minds eye I see the ships amassing beyond the Rim and I know I must convince Lars’es  men I can lead as well as him.

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This is the Fifth instalment in a story set in the future. Here is episode one  https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/he-fights-beyond-io/

and episode two. https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/i-saw-i-aw-him-crash-and-burn/   and episode three https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/the-edge-of-enternity-on-io/ episode four  https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/the-path-starts-on-io/

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