Drabble 1 – “Sidereal”

Drabble 1 – “Sidereal”

Stars Photo
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Did I pick something stereotypical for my first drabble? Maybe. But I’ve loved the word ‘sidereal’ since I first read it in someone’s username back in the day, and I don’t think I’ve ever had occasion to use it. So here you go; drabble number one, “Sidereal.”


(adj – from Latin sidereus “starry, astral”)

of or pertaining to the stars

She ticks off the movements with a pencil, an eye to her telescope. Astrology is a tricky thing, three-fourths guesswork to one-fourth science, a matching of meaning to arbitrary symbols, a search for solace in the vacuum. Perhaps there is no meaning in it, but still she ticks meticulously, weaving the dance into fortunes, paving a path to follow. She finds comfort in the movement, the monotony of it, and more still in the notion that it all makes sense, that there is a message, something to decode. Born of stars and stardust and light, she lets them guide her way forward as ships once did.

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