At first, it looked like an ordinary marble, but it was far from it.

The daily log would report it as another random piece of space debris on Mars.

“Curiosity Rover, you are go to pick up the object,” a voice squawked through a young engineer’s earpiece as nervous hands extended 140 million miles to pick up the sphere.

“Bring it close to the camera son.”

The team looked stunned through the cracked marble now larger than life on the mission control wall of monitors.

“Is that earth spinning inside?”

The young engineer looked up at the screen and flinched slightly putting pressure on the small glass orb.

It shattered.

Alarms sounded. Life support systems began to switch online. The air breathed cleaner as oxygen was pumped in. The Defcon level shot straight up to that of a full scale nuclear assault.

Only those underground would survive. Those enjoying their last sunrise were boiled alive instantly and those lucky enough to be asleep froze to death in moments.

Earth’s atmosphere was gone.

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

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June 19th, 2015

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  • Barb Beacham

    Wow! What a story! One correction if I may. Should there be more words in the sentence, “you are go to pick up the object?” Thanks for another excellent story for this week’s Mondays
    Finish the Story
    challenge. Get ready to chime in on the next one! 🙂 Be well… ^..^

  • I wanted it to be like a radio message. Think: “Go for lift off.” Maybe there is a better way to write that one. 🙂

    I’ll be back!

  • Yolanda Renee

    Talk about an apocalypse, you did this well. Thoroughly enjoyed, well, not the burning alive, or freezing part. Not sure which one I’d choose, but the story was great!

  • Suzanne Joshi

    I guess that means we should leave unidentified marbles alone, especially those with something spinning inside that looks like our earth. Well written sci-fi, Danny. 🙂 — Suzanne

  • I think the freezing in the sleep is the way to go Yolanda. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words!

  • Thanks Suzanne 🙂 Sci-fi (or is it SyFy now?) is very flexible. Even someone like me (no so great at it) can make an amputee with a fake leg that shoots lasers into something magickal. :p

Estimated reading time 3 minutes. Mondays Finish the Story – Naked Earth