The Maiden, or CorruptionShe was the most delicate thing you ever laid eyes on. Tender in feeling and of such a bright countenance as to melt a frozen stream. Of course, I idolized her as younger sisters always do with the older. I saw her almost as a vision of what I, God willing, would become: endlessly inquisitive, graceful in demeanor, lovely as a dewy blossom in the morning light. Certainly, she was quite the dazzling prospect for marriage in the eyes of many fathers looking on behalf of their heirs. I even remember more than a few men my own father's age who attempted to call on Greta, but neither she nor our father would give them any thought.
Besides, Greta was far too curious to live out her days within the walls of Cyrnne, cloistered with some graybearded merchantman. No, she yearned to see the world outside, to learn all that was knowable at the time. Pray do not tell Leopold, but Greta never believed the stories about the outside world that were spread in those days... It was the beginning of what
Stargazing"It sure is quiet out here, isn't it?" she asked.Stargazing3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hmph," he replied. "Ever since last week it's been nothing but quiet, hasn't it? No car stereos, no airliners, no motorcycles... Just good ole peace-and-quiet."
"You know," she said, leaning in closer to him, "I think I could get used to this."
"Nice thing about all this is that there's no radiation. A nuke would've had radiation, you know; we'd all be sick or dead right now. I like the idea of the... What'd they say it was? Some kind of computer virus?"
"Yeah, something like that," the young woman replied. "I'm not a big techie, so it didn't really make all that much sense to me."
"That's okay, sweetie. We seem to be doing pretty well so far, right?"
"I guess so," she said.
The silence was deep all around them. Not even birds, driven to the south by hundreds of thousands of years of migratory habits, were present to disturb the quiet of the night. Summer was coming to an end; and besides, the cicadas wouldn't hatch for another few yea