He could still see the sun, when his space shuttle crashed.
He was running low on oxygen, but he somehow knew that…
He’d make it.
He’d swirled around the cosmos for years in search of a habitable planet
It felt as if it was just minutes ago that his family had bid him goodbye.
The sun appeared to be a mere ball of fire,
While the little planets embellished in the sky, looked like frozen marbles
This sky was different. This sky was strange.
All those days, he’d but been a lonely man, floating in the nothingness of the universe
In a space shuttle
Yes, he wanted to be a hero. He wanted to save people, but would there be any life form alive on his planet?
Who’d have known? Who’d have told?
He felt the rugged terrain of this new planet; they reminded him of the mountain treks he went on with his friends.
Even those mountains must’ve shattered.
Space wasn’t full of alien species like the comic books and movies told him. Space knew no one by the name of God, either.
It just knew itself. It just was itself.
It was harsh; as harsh as it could’ve got.
It was man against loneliness. And loneliness was violet, rude. It didn’t kill you; it just took away everything that made life worth living.
He ambled across the uneven landscape of the unknown planet; it was as deserted as the universe was itself.
He turned around and walked towards his space shuttle; if he wanted to leave he’d have to fix it.
Fix it before the oxygen in the cylinders on his back, emptied.
As he reached his near broken shuttle he saw a face hiding behind it.
A girl; she had long dangling hair and was naked except for her bosom and below her abdomen, which were covered in a strange cherry-colored fabric.
He knew her.
He had seen her.
He’d dreamt of her.
Who could tell if he was still dreaming?
That accident that happened…
When did it happen?
No before that…
It was long ago…
And thus, he opened his eyes,
In an isolation tank. Deprived of all external senses…floating in water filled with Epsom salt.
Dreams were better than reality. Even when you were to suffocate to death in one of them.