A FROZEN EARTH
"Captain," Jason whispered.
I nodded without looking in his direction.
"Let it go. The ship will be overloaded and we may miss our destination," Jason warned.
At the same time a tower of ice came down with a deafening crack, spreading it's icy shards.
I looked up at the sky. There was an eerie, purple halo in the pitch black, starless sky.
'The dark star', the astronomers called it. All the fuel of sun had run out faster than expected.
Earth had frozen to an icy hell! Humans and animals alike had perished. Scientists tried their best to save the earth, but the Satanic sun had sucked all energy, leaving the world in darkness.
The few survivors of the apocalypse, had been shipped to an earth like planet, in the Andromeda galaxy.
I looked back at my space-ship. That was the last ship, with the last bit of fuel left on earth. The ship was packed with two hundred odd humans, all destined to reach Planet E.
I strained my eyes for any more sign of life.
"Captain,there's no one. We should be moving before the snow freezes our fuel," Jason sounded impatient.
With one last lingering look at our planet, I turned around to start the ship.
Just as my feet touched the steps, I heard a scream.
"There's some survivor," I shouted.
"There's none. We need to survive," Jason dragged me.
Nevertheless I started running towards the source of sound.
I saw a young lady with her son. The child was wailing as the mother's foot was trapped in the snow.
I rushed to help her to her feet and brought them both back to the ship.
"Captain, we can take either the mother, or the child," Jason commented.
"But the child is small. We can include both," I argued.
"Even a small shift in weight can change the course. It happened the previous time since you took that couple who were reluctant to leave each other. That time there was fuel. I managed to steer. This time it's simply impossible," Jason glared.
"Take my Paul then," the mother pleaded, holding out the child.
"N-O-O-O-O-O," wailed the child, clinging to her.
"Leave them both here," Jason said through clenched teeth, "We've no time to lose."
"I'm the captain, I order you to take them both," I commanded.
"Not anymore. Not when the lives of others are at peril," he retorted.
"Put the engine to heat. I'm coming with the child," I said in a voice of finality.
"Get in both of you," I turned to them.
They scrambled in without any question.
I spoke into my communicator, "Close the doors."
"Yes," Jason responded as the doors closed, and the ship started to rise before my eyes, "Who's left behind?"
"The captain will go down with his planet," I chuckled to myself, surveying the barren landscape.
I turned off my communicator, threw it, moving towards the abandoned city, towards death.