Esther’s Monday motivation theme this week was darkness and this is the story I came up with:
We had just left the wormhole that brought us here for a brief time we were in normal space. There it was before us. Our destiny, a circle of blackness, darkness like I had never see before. Even the glowing gasses that shone brightly as it was being annihilated couldn’t light it up. This black hole named Goliath for our mission sucked matter, light, time, energy into its immensity and destroyed it was a sight that I could see but not even start to comprehend. They say when you look into the abyss the abyss looks into you but here there was nothing looking back. The darkness before us was something that I could never imagine in my worst nightmares.
Our mission was to find the other end of eternity, we were going to sit in orbit of this black hole, just outside its event horizon and wait for it to come. There was no obvious way of going back, it was humanity’s last chance to make its stamp in time and we had volunteered for it.
I felt the manoeuvring engines guiding our vessel, the Chronos towards Goliath. The blackness filled the viewer gradually until nothing else could be seen.Despite the immensity of what we were witnessing, no one spoke. The first and perhaps the last humans to ever see a black hole.
The operations manager looked around and announced “We’re in orbit around Goliath” His tone was a mix of dark certainty and achievement “The gravity shield is in place and working perfectly. We should be able to maintain this orbit for as long as wee need to.”
“How far are we from the even horizon?” I asked.
“One million, four hundred thousand kilometres. As close as we dare.” He replied.
I was in command of the mission to discover the end of the universe and of time. This is my story.