Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Galaxy: Across the Stars

EXT – SPACE – The Vole jumped in from hyperspace, gliding a smooth path past a bright swirling star.

INT – BRIDGE – JAYKEN WESTLEY stands at the viewport, his eyes fixed on the Star of Itana. The door hissed, and KYE TORAN walked in.


KYE TORAN
We’re in position.


No response from JAYKEN. KYE paused, feeling sure that he said it loud enough. He walked over to JAYKEN’s side.


JAYKEN WESTLEY
I’ve never seen it this close before.

KYE TORAN
The Star of Itana.

JAYKEN WESTLEY
They say that it’s the biggest star in the universe, because you can see it from anywhere in the galaxy.


KYE remained silent.


JAYKEN WESTLEY
Back on Nualna, at my family home, my window was positioned such that the star shone directly into my room every night, without fail. I used to lie in bed for hours, just looking at it, and wondering how something so beautiful could ever exist. I’d fall asleep feeling safe, knowing that it would always be there like a guardian angel, watching over me. And I’d always wonder what it would be like to be closer here. Now that I’m here…I realized that it doesn’t make a difference.

KYE TORAN
Well, I think it’s more beautiful up close.

JAYKEN WESTLEY
No.


JAYKEN turned his head abruptly towards KYE, physically acknowledging him for the first time.


JAYKEN WESTLEY
It’s not. You may see it closer, but it doesn’t change anything.

KYE TORAN
Come on. It’s got to be better here than a million clicks away, Jay.

JAYKEN WESTLEY
It isn’t. It doesn’t change anything because the reason why it’s beautiful, why it’s brilliance is beyond the description of words remains the same.

KYE TORAN (sighs)
And why is that?

JAYKEN WESTLEY
It doesn’t exist.

KYE TORAN (snorts)
Don’t give me that.

JAYKEN WESTLEY
From far away, what makes it beautiful is because it’s unreachable, a high that no being will ever get to. Even when we’re here, that remains true. How real is it, Kye? It is beautiful precisely because it is not real, because it is not a part of this life. Because if it is, then it is subject to everything else in life…sweat, dust, grime, age, dirt, everything. It will no longer be as beautiful.

KYE TORAN
Do you want something that’s real?


JAYKEN moved his head, slightly facing KYE.


KYE TORAN
You think too much.


JAYKEN chuckled, and turned to face the star.


JAYKEN WESTLEY
I hope this goes well.

KYE TORAN
Don’t worry.


KYE glanced over to JAYKEN, before looking back ahead.


KYE TORAN
Dallas knows what he’s doing.


EXT – SPACE – The ship continues its circumference around the star.

3 comments:

Kriti said...

this is EXACTLY how i feel about the moon!! its like you have taken the words outta my mouth, refined them to look SO much better, and then put them here!! :)

dunno how i chanced upon your blogpsace. am just glad i did :)

Kriti said...

jayken's words, i meant..

Fikri said...

Thanks very much for your kind words. It was something that had been on my mind at that time for a while, about how real something needs to be in order for it to be good, enjoyable, meaningful, etc.

Thanks for dropping by. First time I had a comment for a post that's probably two years old :>