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Eve had died sometime early in the flight. It’s an eight year run from the central systems to the Rim, eight years in a sleeper, but I estimated she’d been dead for seven years at least, perfectly preserved, but still dead, some kind of hibernation malfunction.
Out here I’m surrounded by trillions of miles of emptiness, ten thousand light years without so much as a cry in the night, a truly endless night, yet that was as nothing compared to the abyss of loneliness that was now my heart.
Still groggy from my years in the box, I checked my position, out here far from the centre I can see a young star and nine newly formed raggedy planets, normally I’d be excited at witnessing the birth of a new system, but all I could think about was the sleeper in the corner with the remains of the only thing I have ever loved tightly sealed within it.
The third planet had promise, a still primitive atmosphere, but there was water, and where there is water there can be life, so I decided to bury Eve there, fire her pod down through the turbulent atmosphere into some newly formed sea, send her to some unknown world out here on the Rim, somewhere that just might have a future.
There were still billions of living cells in her body, preserved by the sleeper, perhaps some of them would take in this freshly born sea, perhaps some good would come of it I thought as I crawled back into the sleeper, I would never see her again and I almost hoped I too would never wake up, but I suppose there was some chance that far in the future, some remnant of Eve would wake up on that lonely Rim world, wake up to a bright blue sky and a warm life-giving Sun.