A Space Baptism – Not Quite 55-able

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Floating untethered among the stars, he knew but couldn’t believe the ship would return. I’m going to die, here, unnoticed. Eventually, he became… not okay with that thought, but exhausted by it.

The ship finally decloaked and his crewmates pulled him aboard. “Well?” they asked.

“It was like dying,” he gasped. “Like I’d always been dead.”

“Okay,” the ship’s engineer said. “Me next.”

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  2. Deirdre Says:

    These very short stories fascinate me. This one works.

  3. Marisa Birns Says:

    Wow, you say it all in a succinct way!

    Taking turns in an initiation rite.

    Nice!

  4. Ari Collins Says:

    Check out http://www.55aday.com if you like really really short fiction. And thanks for the comments!

  5. Sonja Says:

    Nice. Reminds me of an Orson Scott Card (I think?) short story about future teenagers hopping into time capsules that transport them in front of moving vehicles so they can experience a death experience without the actual dying part.

  6. Ari Collins Says:

    I LOVE that story. I think I like Card’s short stories more than most of his novels. His big short story collection with like 30+ stories is a must-own.

  7. Laurita Says:

    I really enjoy reading short short stories. So much said in so few words. “Me next” was great.

  8. sonjanitschke Says:

    Yeah – I think I know what short story collection you are talking about. Do you remember one that was called the Bully and the Beast (I think?).

  9. Ari Collins Says:

    No, I don’t. Refresh my memory? Not sure I’ve read all Card shorts, but most, I believe.

  10. sonjanitschke Says:

    It’s been such a long time since I’ve read it — I’m not entirely sure I remember. The beast is a dragon — the bully is a giant who is generally regarded as stupid and exploitable. There is, of course, a princess whom the giant must save from the dragon — and it’s about him doing that (though it is not the traditional sort of tale).

    The part I remember most clearly the end when the giant, Bork, confronts the dragon for a second time —

    “I have been happy,” Bork said. “And if you let me live, I’ll be happy again. That’s what my life means, doesn’t it? That’s the truth isn’t it, dragon? My life matters because I’m alive, joy or pain, whatever comes, I’m alive and that’s meaning enough.”

    It’s something I like to quote when life pretty much sucks. :p

    I suppose, in a nutshell, it’s about a giant experiencing and resolving a midlife crisis that started when he was born.

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