She squinted in the sunlight, looking up–up, up, up–the cliff face, watching for a flash of yellow to mark his turn to jump.
Cliff-diving. Of all the things… She shook her head. There was no convincing her. He’d tried, but she wasn’t one to give in easily.
Besides, she didn’t need the rush. It had never been a need.
The clack-clack-clack of the chains, pulling the cars up the incline, the coaster at a steep angle to the earth below–
Her heart thumping, palms sweating, a smile on her face that faltered as the first car crested the hill–
Screams of laughter turning to a pained silence, and a burning need to be on the ground as soon as possible–
Pulling back into the station and a sense of calm coming over her, feeling convinced she’d enjoyed herself…
Fuzzy spots that vanished when she looked directly at them–clusters. Nebulae. Galaxies.
Millions of years shining down on her–photons traveling at unimaginable speed through the void, past clouds and worlds, to end their travels in her eyes. What had they passed? Who else might have seen what she was seeing? Who might see it a thousand years from now?
The earth, uninhabited by humans. Perhaps, in time, uninhabited by any creature–just a rock in the dark, turning endlessly around its star, other stars moving across its sky, unobserved. Time marching on endlessly…