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I am falling. I have been caught by a monster which cannot be seen, but for the path of destruction it carves through the cosmos. It pulls me in, and as I plummet the universe bends and folds back on itself, and for a brief moment I can see everything that is and ever was.

In the twisted relay of light I see the nebula that was my birthing ground. Its radiance surrounds me with heat and color. Bursting clouds and arching forms in writhing wings of gossamer, painted with hydrogen and illuminated from within by the glow of its children.

Mother nebula had formed me, along with my sisters, from parts of herself. Coaxing and coalescing until we were strong enough enough to shine on our own. Then she breathed into us life and our hearts began to flutter with the embers of fusion.

In our mother’s embrace, I played with my sisters, plunging into misted veils and swinging through spangled swaths of life-dust. She would tell us tales of the far reaches of the galaxy, where the giants danced and the pixies sang and all was filled with starlight.

We fed and we grew until we wore our blazing souls upon our skins. My sisters became celestial white, amorous gold and lustrous blue, but I outshone them all, growing until my heart burned crimson and dusted the cosmos with copper.

We were bright and we were strong and out light filled the void and brought the universe to life. 

When finally it was time to leave mother nebula, I brought my sisters with me, towing them along in my swinging, arcing, drifting wake. As a cluster we roamed, traversing the galactic breadths of our home. Through the dark and the cold, to the place where we could dance to the music of sprites, where the light of giants would encompass us. For though we wandered in darkness, we were beings of the light, and the light we would always seek.

Our golden sister was the first to leave us. She found for herself a child, small and rocky, misshapen and dull. But she called it a jewel and said her light in the void was enough for them both. Where we journeyed, her child could not follow, so she left our cluster and started out on her own path. We continued without her, to the place where the titans performed an eternal ballet.

My white sister, the little pearl of our cluster, was the next to depart. She met another, a speck of silver on black velvet, and the two entered into a lover’s dance. A spiraling tryst, an embrace in which they would never touch. But her dance was not for us, my last sister and I, for we were giants, and giants danced where diamond dwarfs drummed a symphony without sound.

And so we journeyed onwards, through the blackness that was made of nothing, until finally, amidst spiraling arms, we reached an endless sky filled with light. Here the giants roamed, hearts blazing gold, blue and red. Their bodies twisted, endlessly moving. Coronal arms swaying, sweeping, weaving as they twirled silken scarves of light and fire. An endless chasse in a celestial waltz. I danced among the giants, adding my own stellar flares to the cosmic display. Interspersed between us tap-danced the pixies, the diamond dwarfs that were the remnants of fallen giants. They spun faster than any of us, sending out their light in an array of bursts, each with its own song, sung for the stellar beauty it had been before.

Eons passed and still I danced, until finally, I could dance no more. My burning heart gave one last beat, one last pulse to fill the heavens with light and I shed my skin and the radiance it held. When the light faded and my heart cooled I was but a piece of myself. A crimson drop among the giants. I sought out my sister, the blue belle, but my light was so dim now that she could not see me among the brilliance of the others. Even the diamond dwarfs would not have me among their ranks, for though they were small, theirs were the hearts of titans and their light blazed across the cosmos with unmatched ardor.

I left the place where the giants danced, returning to the darkness. I willed my light to fill the void, but my heart was weak and my soul tired. I was but a speck in the blackness, and so it was that I did not see the monster approach. It’s heart swallowed light and gave none back, it was a being of pure dark and it had found me. I tried to flee but its pull was too strong, and I was too small, too faint to even call for aid. I was so dim now that none would even notice my passing, into this, the blackest of holes.

I watch the universe crease and overlap and everything is distorted. The distant giants continue to dance, their waving arms stretched from one side of the galaxy to another. I am pulled towards the monster’s maw, a pit of dark from which no light ever escapes. The edge nears and soon I will tumble over the abyss, into nothing, into darkness.

As I crest the horizon there is a warmth I did not expect. A gentle glow beckons me, then becomes brighter, stronger. It surrounds me and my soul is renewed with the radiance of a billion stars, collected over eons and kept hidden. Within the monster’s secret heart is the universe.

I am falling into starlight.
The story of a star's life, until she crosses paths with a black hole.

I wanted to touch on some different aspects of the creation and life-span of various star types. Stars are created in nebulae and often leave it in clusters (one way to tell younger starts from older ones is by how tightly they are grouped). In this story the sisters are a red giant, blue giant, white dwarf and yellow dwarf (like our sun). 

The diamond dwarfs are neutron stars (a.k.a. pulsars), which are the remnants of particularly powerful supernovae (when a giant star dies). Neutron stars are solid (I'm not kidding, they're harder than diamond and about the size of Manhattan Island). Neutron stars give off radiation from their poles in rapid bursts as they spin, this radiation can be translated into sound to produce something like a drumbeat or note. No two stars produce the same sound.

When our star reaches her climax, she becomes a red dwarf, a very small, dim kind of star which is virtually invisible next to the brilliant light of the giants and pulsars.

Black holes absorb all energy that comes within their range and once something crosses the event horizon, it never leaves. This means that despite looking cold and dark, black holes are raging balls of light and heat, however the light never reaches our eyes so we cannot see it. 

Well, there's your astronomy lesson for the day. I hope you enjoyed it. 

This piece is far more descriptive than what I usually write. I wanted to try my hand at something that wasn't action-oriented, which is my usual style. I'd be interested to know what you thought.


Edit -  Oh my gosh, a DD :D Thank you so much Aerode for suggesting it and DorianHarper for featuring it :hug:

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Falling Into Starlight by C-A-Harland is a piece where, as the suggester says, "the language and imagery explode into such great lengths." ( Suggested by Aerode and Featured by DorianHarper )
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sd-campbell Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Writer
All that I have to say is brilliant.
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks :hug:
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Writer
Nice to see this again, beautiful as it was the first time. Good show
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks :hug:
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Writer
:hug:
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Morning-Star-42 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love the conclusion. 
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks :)
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StarryStellary Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is beyond amazing... I wish I COULD favorite over 20 times.. -In love-
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks :heart:
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TerramArmsXIII Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
well then, i have to say this is exceptionally written, I've written plenty of things, but this i have to say was as descriptive as i would have made it.
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks. I love experimenting with new styles and I was really pleased with how this turned out.
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TerramArmsXIII Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
indeed, very well done here, would you like to read a poem from me?
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Sure, send me a link.
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TerramArmsXIII Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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spiffydreamer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014   Writer
This is exceptionally well written.  The description is fabulous, it was like I was there!  
Congratulations on the DD
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much :)
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the-ugliest-sweater Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very good! Congratulations on the DD! Clap 
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks :heart:
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you :hug:
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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cole8449 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing. really moving. :)
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it :)
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robson666 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist
congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation Clap Clap
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you :heart:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :party:
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Cheers :D
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This would make a fantastic and wonderful piece for any astronomer to sing the power and glory of the heavens. Instead of cold displays of truly awesome power and the merciless cycles of life and death, you made the cosmos a beautiful life and dance of stars and their brief light fueled by the explosion of matter itself.

Do you mind if I make a sequel to this? I will cite you as my inspiration, as space and all its glory and danger is my passion. May I?
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you, I'm glad you thought so. That's really what I wanted to capture with this, not darkness, but light and life. 

Go ahead, but please let me know when it's finished, I'd love to read it :D
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did yours!
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
I can't wait to see it.
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Nathair77 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Beautiful
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks :hug:
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Aerode Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just really, really love this piece. :love: Fantastic imagery.
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks. It was kind of an experiment, so I'm glad you liked it.
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Delta-13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There is some beautiful imagery in this piece. I love how vast the universe felt and I liked being a star traveling through space, seeing all its beauty. I also like how you gave personalities to the various stars. Well done!
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks, I'm glad you thought so. I had a lot of fun writing this and trying to imagine how a star might "feel".
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Writer
As someone who was obsessed with black holes, astronomy, and quantum physics in grade school, this is a dream come true. The imagery is fantastic and the metaphors are genius. Science and art can work wonderfully when paired, as you have demonstrated here.
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks so much. I love astronomy too and any blending of science (particularly space science) into art and writing is something I enjoy. 
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vampeva-97 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really well written, though slightly hard to follow in places. I love how accurate and informational it is. I absolutely love the personification of the stars, its adorable.
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks so much, I'm glad you liked it. Were there any places in particular that you thought were hard to follow? I may be able to reword them.
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vampeva-97 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no i think its just my brain being slow
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Dany1908 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
short but very good with beautiful setting
i read few of your writing and i must i;m pleased if your work
you play good with the words, creating something easy to read
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you so much :hug:
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
I love this piece because it resonates with a belief system I have installed in my own mythos for a story setting, and it is of course beautiful. Once we add sentience to the universe we see their beauty in a more human manner almost and that is what we have here. You have created a tragically beautiful piece in which we have sentience coming to it's inevitable but bittersweet conclusion and that's fantastic
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks, I'm glad you thought so. I was watching a doco on stars and just wondered what it would be like to go through all that, from a star's point of view and I thought maybe it wouldn't be so different from us. They're born, they leave their homes, they grow, they meet, they separate, some start a family, and eventually they die, sometimes fantastically sometimes leaving hardly a trace they were ever there.
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
Sounds very human when you put it like that doesn't it?
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
Indeed.
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
good show
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