Pandora Shortsies – Issue #1

Pandora Shortsies will be short and almost completely plotless stories starring Pandora and possibly other characters from Pandora, and the shortsies will probably not be related to the adventures or follow the canonical story line of Pandora.

Pandora sighed and smiled as she gazed up at the clear night sky, dotted with thousands of stars and constellations, but that wasn’t the only thing up there.

She pulled her thick blanket up to her chin as her eyes observed the aurora australis, its swirling green lights taking the spotlight away from the stars. It was truly an amazing sight. Pandora had never imagined she would see an aurora – not since the evil Being, Aurora, was put to death. But there it was, staring Pandora right in her face, an aurora as beautiful and mystical as the universe itself.

“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Fat Freya sighed dreamily from Pandora’s left. They were lying on flat deck chairs in the garden of Pandora’s manor, pillows, blankets and cookies all set up for a perfect night of stargazing – or rather, aurora-gazing. It was a cold night, but the three felt quite snug with their blankets.

“Just like magic,” Pandora breathed. “There must be fairies up there…”

“Actually,” Gabe interrupted from Pandora’s right. “The aurora is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the thermosphere. Tonight it is unusually low for an aurora because there is a geomagnetic storm going on right now. A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere caused by a disturbance in the interplanetary medium. The interplanetary medium-”

“Oh, honey, we really don’t care what the interplentary medium is,” Pandora said kindly.

“He’s a full-on nerd,” Fat Freya said flatly and without subtlety.

Gabe sniffed and said quietly, “Well, excuse me if I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge,” and then there was silence once more.

Pandora could make out shapes in the aurora, but then they would disappear and she would search for another one in the bright green phenomenon. The moon could not be found in the sky.

“Hey, Pandora,” Gabe whispered, as though speaking loudly might disturb the aurora. “I never got to thank you for letting me stay in the manor. I would have had to sleep on the streets if it weren’t for you.”

“This is way too sappy for me,” Fat Freya sighed at once and lumbered away from Gabe and Pandora.


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