Let there be light

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I feel powerless, of course. I am the only non-degenerate matter left in this Universe – what if I were to join the flock?

I paused for a year. How should I proceed to a black hole? I can’t even breathe in here – not real breaths, with air’s minute reaction mass.

Another year passed as I mulled over the problem before I came to a solution.

The most ridiculous sight in the universe was thankfully the most private: the last living being in the universe pulling out head hairs – then body hairs – one by one and flinging them hard in order to build up velocity towards the strongest of the gentle gravitational tugs.

As I fall with terrible sluggishness into this singularity, I wonder if I’ve made the right decision.

I stretch as I’m pulled through tidal forces like a die in a pasta machine – but, of course, I remain alive. I feel through the excruciating numbness of my diaspora the quantum fluctuation that an eternal being in its undeath throes, apparently, experiences as it gives birth to a universe.

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  1. Avatar Blossom Ruoquen (LoA)

    Great wordage :p the sentences seemed to dance as I read them (that could just be my overtiredness though…) lol I love you’re writing style. Not so sure this is one of the easiest pieces to follow though. It seemed to jump a little from thought to thought. The eternal being developed ADD?? O_o

  2. Avatar Fordi

    Heh. Wouldn’t you?

  3. Avatar Fordi

    Honestly speaking, it was more coherent before I trimmed it to 1024. It’s kind of left to the reader, then, to make the connections; join the flock == drop into a black hole and become degenerate matter and end life, for example.

  4. Avatar Brian Schlosser

    I like it! What a great solution to the problem!

  5. Avatar DoItForScience

    From the story title, I assumed that this would have some resemblance to Isaac Asimov’s short story “The Final Question” in which a computer is tasked with the question of whether or not it is possible to reverse entropy, with the answer coming in the long-away future when all starts had died out. The answer was, of course, “Let there be light!”

  6. Avatar DoItForScience

    *when all stars had died out. Oh, and have a rating!

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