A Small Moment

She is a white blur in the dark night. A sickly blotch. A small thing really, swollen with injury and streaked with deep bruising. Mud and leaves decorate her naked feet. Two red holes, in place of eyes, glare up into the sky.

When she takes a quick shallow breath, it is surprising. Her throat moves slightly as she swallows.

She is dying. 

There is no doubt.

Her body knows time is short, but still attempts to do the bare minimum.

Soon though those processes will cease and she will bloat and decay. She will turn black and the parts that identify her as female will fall away, or be eaten by vermin.

If she lays there long enough she will eventually turn back into the Earth some say she was made from. All save the bone. That will remain forever, solidifying and turning to stone and maybe one day be unearthed, where questions will be asked and possibly answered. Maybe they will call her Lucy. Maybe she will be the missing link to a future generation of humans that millions of years separate her from. Maybe she will be celebrated and put on display in museums, not as a victim, but as a triumph of evolution.


Author: Bryan Aiello

I call NYC home and wish the subway went everywhere and Times Square didn't suck. I saw John Turturro once. Maybe it was him. He was wearing a yellow shirt and smiled at me like he knew I knew. I am an Army vet who writes. I like characters who want more then they deserve. I like genre fiction. I love space. I love paladins. One day I might write a paladin in space story. Just you wait. The university of South Florida spit me out with a degree in creative writing and I find myself questioning the sanity of going to a school that advertises a fake beach on its brochure ever since. I intuit grammar. I Got married in 2012 We had twins in 2015. I do a lot of cooking and dog walking and ranting about the unfairness of sentience. You can follow me on Twitter: @bryaiello Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/BryanAiello My Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Voyage_of_Roadkill/ My Reddit profile: https://www.reddit.com/user/Voyage_of_Roadkill/ Like my work? Become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/BryanAiello

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