Sean & Brawnie and the Message from Outer Space

MeteorsBrawnie was standing at the bedroom window in the dark when Sean awoke. 

“Moon still there?” Sean asked.

“It’s the meteor shower they mentioned on the weather channel yesterday,” he replied.

Sean got up and joined his husband at the window. The Alpha Capricornids meteors had appeared on schedule in the southern sky. They competed for attention with a waning gibbous moon.

Brawnie smiled. “If there were more meteors, it could be a flashmob of little lights.”

“Wouldn’t it be cool if they spelled out a message?”

Brawnie looked at Sean quizzically. “What, like surrender Dorothy?”

“Just something meaningful. Get vaccinated, maybe.” 

“How about We’re watching,” Brawnie replied in a spooky tone. “That would shake up the world.”

Sean nudged him playfully with his elbow and went back to bed.

“Don’t let the stars get in your eyes, don’t let the moon break your heart,” Brawnie crooned, with a voice only Sean and Auto-Tune could love.

Copyright 2021 by Brian Dean Powers
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14 thoughts on “Sean & Brawnie and the Message from Outer Space

  1. “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” has been recorded numerous times, by a variety of performers like KD Lang and Perry Como. I suspect Brawnie would be singing the George Jones version.


  2. Nice moment with your men, Brian.
    I didn’t remember that Surrender, Dorothy special effect, but it really works here.
    Not to argue with Brawnie, but I have to go with the K.D. Lang version 🙂

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  3. It made me smile as when I was a boy I would check on the moon and planets as if I somehow was responsible for their movements across the night sky.

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  4. I’m more Brawnie than Sean. I often look up at the stars. It makes me feel very small and insignificant.
    JP x

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    1. This is the 14th story in the series. I had only intended to write one. I just wanted to see if I could write humor. Over time, these characters have come into their own so much that it’s almost like I watch them and then report what I see. I think I’m a little more like Sean, and Brawnie’s kind of the ideal boyfriend.


  5. concentrated goodness as always, Brian — waiting for your collected stories book to come out! coincidentally just watched Now, Voyager with Bette Davis, “Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.”


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