Fade OutA Story by Matt Pellegrini
All good things...
The show had come to its final act. A small audience all sat and looked on together. The stage was pitch black, so dark it seemed to go on forever. All except for a giant ball of light right in the center.
Act I had started with a bang. The action was explosive, but it was a little confusing, as nobody was quite sure what really happened. It was a bit too symbolic and probably could have used more dialogue.
Act II was okay. A lot of the pieces started coming together, setting the stage for what was to come later. But it still lacked some kind of life or spirit to it.
Act III was good. Something about the animal instincts on display appealed to the audience’s most primal instincts. But, in a way, the third act was devoid of human complexities.
Act IV was truly the climax. It was the showstopper. The emotions. The conflicts. The passions. The struggles. A beautiful symphony of life and death. It was the longest of all the acts, but even still, the audience had wished it could have lasted longer.
And now, here it was. Act V. The finale. The conclusion. The end.
The giant sphere that was taking front and center stage flashed brighter for just a second.
“Oooooh. Aaaah,” the audience cooed.
The golden orb began to dim. Dimmer and dimmer, leaving the stage darker and darker.
The audience collectively gasped and seemed to suck all the last air that they could into their chests and held it there.
Suddenly, the dimming circle burst into a spectacle of color and light. For just a split-second, all the stage was illuminated again and then it was back to darkness.
The once bright ball was now just a faint dot; fading into the rest of the blackness.
Finally, the last star had burnt out. Finis. Curtains. Fade out.
The audience said nothing. A silence that seemed to last forever hung in the cabin of their ship.
A voice broke the perpetual silence.
“To the greatest show…ever.”
The last noise was the sound of glasses clinking.
This magnum opus had run its course. Farewell. Take a bow. Fade out.
And just like that, The Universe, the greatest show of all time, had come to The End.
© 2010 Matt Pellegrini
Added on November 12, 2010
Last Updated on December 14, 2010