Arizona State University, in conjunction with NASA, worked on a project called LunaH-Map, which you can read more about here: https://lunahmap.asu.edu/. “LunaH-Map is a miniaturized, fully functional interplanetary spacecraft the size of a shoebox that will map hydrogen enrichments within permanently shadowed regions of the lunar south pole.”
The scientists at ASU are huge gamers and love games like Destiny 2 from Bungie. As such, they asked workers from Bungie to create notes, art, stories, and other creative bits to be carried on an SD card to the moon via the LunaH-Map spacecraft, where it will remain until other life forms find and examine it.
Raven was invited to contribute to the project since they are a writer and their partner works for Bungie. Her contribution was a sci-fi love story between two objects in space, which she titled “The Loss of Luna.”
It’s a short piece of flash fiction, which you can read an excerpt of below.
Our love was something to make the heavens sing, yet I turned around to find myself alone.
The darkness of your absence eclipsed any joy that filled me with light.
When did I stop being beautiful?
When did you stop desiring me?
Love is eternal, or so the poets say, yet somewhere across the years, we fell out of step. Like the gear shifts of a machine, our parts thrown out of sync in a moment.
Was it desperation that drove you into another’s arms, or was it something I did? Perhaps something I didn’t do?
< No. >
Too faint, I ignore the voice in the distance. Its fierceness reminds me of you, you know.
Used to be I turned my head, and there you were, unable to wrest your eyes from me. My curves enveloped you, all of you. In my light, you couldn’t help yourself. You were wild as you danced within my glow, and my tides washed over your shores.
When did your focus drift away?
No longer am I your pale goddess. Your gaze follows the redhead beyond me. That dusty, rich bride of stories old and new. Swallowed by her sands, you reach out, leaving smears of red in your trail towards the colorful universe beyond, and I remain.
< Not alone. >
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