Blue Sky Theory by Susan Gibb

I saw it coming. No one would listen. Said it was ridiculous to believe that the stars hold up the sky like pushpins. That as the stars are blown out like birthday candles, the sky would come crashing down. I learned to just keep my mouth shut. I didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime anyway.

The reports about global warming, however, concerned me. I looked for a connection. Whether the sky started drooping in places as it came unstuck and affected climate, or if warming was responsible for putting out stars before their time.

I tried to talk about this with my wife but she gave me that look of “oh dear God, please don’t start that again.” This reaction from someone who supposedly loves me a lot discouraged me from bringing it up to anyone else. Then I thought of Charles.

Charles worked in the lab. I’d spent time with him over some projects. Charles is weird but he does know his stuff and I trusted him more than anyone to at least consider the theory. He’s not one to shuffle off blame either. So, I told him. He listened.

Then it happened. Thanks to Charlie we had time to prepare. When we, possibly the last three survivors (I forced my wife to come with us) emerged from the shelter, we had a whole new set of problems to face. Did you know the beautiful blue sky is actually the consistency of melting fudge?

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9 responses to “Blue Sky Theory by Susan Gibb

  1. love this. surreal and quirky. looking forward to more like this coming out of your fudge factory.

  2. I love the idea and the prose with which you execute it, especially the ending.

  3. So is he just delusional or is the sky the consistency of fudge? A story to make you shiver and then chuckle.

  4. Love the ending, the hot fudge consistency so whacky and wonderful. Peace…

  5. stephen

    i really like the opening 3 sentences of this piece.
    and the rest of it, but the opening in particular.

  6. Thank you all so much! It’s rare that I let go of reality and can write truly on imagination alone.

  7. i find myself returning to this issue, and with it, to this story – such a swift leap into the fudgy blue.

  8. Kelly Grotke

    very imaginative! gives a whole new twist to fudging the data. I like it.

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