The Earth still looked beautiful from the moon.  Kari stood on the lunar surface and stared up at it.  She started to run, accelerating in long bounding jumps.  It wasn’t hard in the low gravity, even at her age.  When she was going as fast and jumping as high as she could, she looked up again. 

For a second, she felt like she was flying back home. 

She landed and crumpled to her knees.  She waited till the moon turned away from the sun and her beloved home.  Every other year, she’s gotten up and trudged back to the underground living complex where her family waited.  But not this year.  She was the last one who remembered Earth, and she was tired of waiting to go back home.  

About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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