Escape the Burning Earth
by Juliet Wilson
The earth was burning, horizon to horizon.
Jessica held out her hand to shield her eyes from the glare. She was one of the lucky ones who had won a place on the last spaceship to leave earth. Well, they were lucky to escape but had nowhere yet to go. The spaceship dipped down for yet another orbit, drawn like a moth to the flames.
Jessica was bored. She had read all the books she had brought with her. She had stopped keeping her journal. Conversation with the others in the spaceship had ground to a halt. What was there to say? The earth was a ball of fire. Space was vast and empty. The future was unknown and hopeless.
Then she looked out of the window. She rubbed her eyes in disbelief.
“Look!” she said to Tracey, who was sitting beside her. “What's that?”
Tracey looked to where Jessica pointed. Two red phoenixes were flying from the earth, carrying a glowing ball of matter.
“It's a new baby earth!” said Tracey. “That could be our new home!”
She and Jessica smiled at each other. Soon they were surrounded by everyone else on the ship. There was a ripple of excitement. A champagne cork popped discreetly.
Outside the glowing ball grew larger between the phoenixes.