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"By The Light of the Moon"
Flash fiction by = Tristan A. Arts

      Sandra went outside to enjoy the cool night air and stare at the sky. She sat back on the stoop, leaning against the porch's wood, and stared at the moon. It was waning in such a way that it looked like a smiley face without eyes. She smiled at this thought, prepared to turn her eyes elsewhere in the sky, when something happened she couldn't quite believe. On the moon, right where the eyes would be on a smiley face, two bright white lights suddenly flared to life, completing the smiley-face. Sandra stared, astonished, and stood up. She had no idea of the exact dimensions of the moon, but knew those lights had to be at least 100 miles apart, and had to have been extremely bright to show up that well here on the surface of Earth.
      She ran up the stairs and into the house to get her boyfriend to come look. By the time she found him, and they were passing the TV on their way out, whatever show had been playing for noise was being interrupted by a breaking news report about the lights on the moon.
      Over the next few days, rumors flew. Pundits and newscasters traded speculation. Politicians said a great many words that essentially amounted to the flummoxed look on the face of a fish suddenly out of water. Everyone wanted to know what the mysterious lights were, who had put them there, and how they'd managed to do it without someone noticing it. Astronomers watching the moon were even more baffled than the politicians. Whatever was there now was too bright to look at without specialized equipment, and there'd been nothing there before. One minute the moon had been just as it always had been, and the next minute the lights appeared.
      All that could be said for certain after several days was that whatever it was had not been put there by anyone on Earth; at least, not by anyone who would admit to it. When this conclusion came out, all the UFO-freaks and alien-lovers and haters took to the streets, some calling out in joy, others protesting in fear.
      Sandra hadn't been the only one to notice the initial smiley-face pattern. Almost everyone, whether they thought good or ill of the lights, was calling them The Eyes. News reports, pundits, even politicians called them The Eyes.
      After a week, nothing new had happened. No one had been able to see anything clearly even with special equipment, and rumors started to fly that the US government was going to send another ship to the moon.
      So it was that Sandra and her boyfriend were looking at the moon on the seventh night, Sandra outlining why she thought they were friendly, when a change happened. After a week of being white, The Eyes turned red.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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kengr
Mar. 8th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Cute story. Slight problem though. After a week the moon would be either half full or new given the phase you had it in at the start.

Remember, the whole cycle is only 29 days long. That's how long from New to new or full to full or..

And to be horribly boring, the red could just be the results of them turning off and the glow of the residual heat in the area where they were. :-)
fayanora
Mar. 8th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
Darn, I wondered about the phase, but figured in 7 days the moon would just be waxing.

As to your boring explanation... it still begs the question of what they were doing there in the first place.
kengr
Mar. 8th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
The phase stuff gets folks all the time. Though more often it's a matter of not realizing that the phase corresponds with the relative position of the sun & moon.

On of the more notorious ones has the moon rising just before sunset, but being a half moon. No way that can happen.

But with a "crescent" moon, it can be either just after the new moon, or just *before* the new moon.

We can sit down with my GPS and step threu the sun/moon display until we get one that "looks right" to you then step thru the next week to see what it looks like...

Just tried it. The 9th or 10th are "smiley face" (crescent) waxing. The 16th or 17th are almost full (ie there's only a crescent unlit)

Figures as it's 7 days from new to half. And 7 more to full.
fayanora
Mar. 8th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
I got the idea for this flash fiction story while staring at the moon and it looked like a smiley face without eyes. That was the other day when I was at Winco, before going to your place.
natf
Mar. 9th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
I managed to suspend that information from my brain. ;-p
the_nites_gurl
Mar. 8th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
the whole phase thing aside (which did not even start to cross my mind haha) I really liked this!
fayanora
Mar. 8th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
:-D
natf
Mar. 9th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oooooooooo! This makes me want to read more, if you write it!
fayanora
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
It's just the fleshed out version of a story that was originally going to be posted to Twitter as one or two sentences, but was too long for Twitter. It's a one-off. Though now you mention it, I wouldn't mind seeing what happens, too.
fayanora
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
PS
(In case it wasn't clear: yes, I wrote it.)
natf
Mar. 10th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: PS
(Yes, I recognised your name.)
fayanora
Mar. 10th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Oh. Well your comment made it seem like you weren't sure.
natf
Mar. 10th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: PS
I meant "if you write it" as in "if you write some more" as oposed to "if you wrote it". ;-)
fayanora
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Re: PS
*Facepalm* Oh, the joys of being an aspie. I misunderstood completely.
natf
Mar. 10th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
No worries! It was the good old ambiguous and EVIL English language at work, again!
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