The Daylight

The Daylight

The Daylight

Sienna,
I’m sorry I’ve been away so long and that I hurt you. I hope you’ll forgive me. I’ve changed these past 6 years, I see now what’s truly important.
They say they’re releasing us, Friday, before the daylight. Perhaps I’ll make it home in time for us to watch the dawn together. I can’t wait to see you and meet our daughter. I hear she has my eyes and your smile. We won’t receive mail again so we’ll talk when I’m home.
Love always
Regan

Handing the envelope to the guard, I watched through my prison bars as he collected letters from other prisoners. The florescent light in the hall flickered and I was glad I’d soon be out of there and seeing daylight for the first time.

Time was different here than on my home planet, earth. A night was equal to 25 years and a day was just a few short weeks. I’d never seen it though, no one in the colony had.

Two days later when the doors opened, we excitedly headed out on the 5 mile trek toward the colony. There was a yellow glow on the dark horizon. I ran, determined to make it home in time but the bright light was faster than I.

I stared in horror as I saw it, accompanied by a burning fire, shooting across the desert landscape. Just before it hit me I closed my eyes and imagined Sienna holding our little girl and shouting "welcome home daddy!"