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To Give you the Night Sky

Shannon Fay is a Clarion West graduate and 2013 winner of the James White Award. She can be found online at ayearonsaturn.com and @shannonlfay.
For her 16th birthday Jessie asked Murphy for the stars, to see them as their parents had, a little bit of dark around a million points of light, the milky way splitting the sky like a ribbon tied around a big ball.
They tried leaving the city but they could not escape the grid's glow. Too many lights, too many people.
On her birthday Murphy took Jessie to a hill overlooking the town. When the bombs went off at the power station, the world flipped: the city was plunged into darkness and finally the night sky came into full view.
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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