Lost Conversations


Heard on the radio, a transmission from past decades: fragments of a conversation, picked up as the spacecraft travels its uncharted path. “I’ll see you soon, put the kettle on,” then laughter cut off by silence.

“Who were they” you ask yourself but cannot say: trapped as you are on this forgotten mission to a distant galaxy; sent out to explore the universe decades ago, before the Earth was destroyed by meteorites.

“Life on other planets, I hope? ” was all you could think as you turned to look at Greg, the captain of the spacecraft, now piloted without purpose or destination. “Shall I make a note of it” you ask, but he just shakes his head,

For what is the purpose? There’s no one left to talk to, and nothing but these fragments of conversation bouncing round in space to stir emotions. These brief relics of your vanished home, your world, reminders your families have become dust and memory has lost all context.

“Can’t beat the view” you say, trying to keep it light, but routine without purpose drained the magic from this adventure many years ago: silence is your constant companion. Now galaxies pass by unremarked by two souls lost in travelling, robbed of home and context by that catastrophe which destroyed the earth in mid-evolution.

“What does it mean” you ask yourself, but mute indifference has no answer. At some unspecified hour, you accept, some black hole or other matter will swallow this last evidence of man and his ambitions, and suns will rise and planets form without comment or exclamation from this lost civilisation now a particle in space.

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About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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11 Responses to Lost Conversations

  1. How insignificant we all are. Could this form part of a longer ‘sci-fi’ style piece? Reminds me of some of the better stories and films which questioned our relationship to the universe and indeed our planet.

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  2. ksbeth says:

    “i’ll see you soon, put the kettle on,” always a tiny ray of hope.

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  3. renxkyoko says:

    Wow. That is so sad ! The possibility of the earth disappearing into particles , today, tomorrow or in the near future is huge, so much so that I’m always on the look-out for news about some asteroids coming our way. Or, a black hole swallowing up our solar system.

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  4. A bit of sci-fi from you. Nice change of pace and well done.

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  5. tiostib says:

    And so the powers that be became bored with humanity…

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  6. Very Well done!! Really liked the visual.. 🙂

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  7. Very evocative piece that demonstrates the all too human need for purpose and the familiar. A beautifully rendered story 🙂

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  8. It’s always a good thing to find perspective. Don’t you think?

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  9. Yikes! I probably would rather be on the Earth, destroyed by a meteorite. Well, maybe not.

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