Untitled by Natania Birnbaum (a Short Story Contest entry)


The universe desired to know what became of the world it had given to humanity, so it took the shape of a mortal and walked upon the earth.

A rose, vivid as a nebula, caught the universe’s eye. In its excitement, it forgot that its mortal form could be injured, and pricked its finger on a thorn. A droplet of blood fell from the wound.

Lightyears away, a single star vanished.