A Single Tear Fell
(First posted January 2002)
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I don’t think I’ll need it this time.

Note to the reader:  This was written in response to a challenge.  At one point, a lot of the fics had begun
referring to someone (usually Aeryn) fighting not to cry, and a single tear rolling down the person’s cheek.  The
challenge was a backlash against the growing cliché, and simply required that the writer come up with a story
that deliberately used the phrase “a single tear fell”.  

Once again, my brain went in a slightly different direction than most.  

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The Peacekeeper research ship finally found the specific point in space where black matter, gravity, energy
and time all met the pinpoint criteria which the scientists demanded in order to make the new weapon function.

Ensuring that the area for two hundred thousand metras in every direction was empty of ships, they began to
feed the entire power output of the massive research vessel into the weapon.  Before their screens the elated
staff could see the beginning of a subspace rift forming.  Cheers began to echo through the control room, but
suddenly one station after another began shrilling alarms as the experiment went hideously wrong.

Shouts of "frell" and "dren", and cries of confusion filled the room as the subspace tear began expanding out of
control, consuming and destroying all energy and matter in every direction around the ship, but leaving the
power source itself alone.  Before anyone could react, all planets, all stars, all matter in the universe was
engulfed by subspace … nothingness.

And so the universe was destroyed because a single tear frelled.


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