“Little Star and the Shepherdess” by Peter Foote | Short Story Winner

“Hello little star, are you awake?” Emma whispers through the panels of the door to the mud brick lamb pen where she had rolled the wounded star several days ago.

The soft golden light inside beats a steady rhythm as a response, provoking a smile to cross Emma’s face. Crouching  beside the door, Emma thinks back to how she had discovered the  injured star while searching for a wayward lamb.

Blackened and battered, the tiny star had plummeted to earth after being knocked out of the heavens. Her heart filled with compassion, Emma rolled the flickering star into the safety of the lamb pen before the rising sun could weaken it further.

Every night since, Emma rolls out the  weak star so it can bathe in the light of its brethren. Opening the rough door, Emma reaches into the pen and rolls out the tiny star running her fingers over the polished surface.

“Whole again, and your light is steady, I believe you will be strong enough to fly tonight,” Emma says in a soft voice as she caresses the golden orb.

With the star in her lap, Emma raises her face to the heavens and sings. As the wordless song builds to a climax, she raises the star with both hands and releases it. The tiny star fades for a second before bursting in intensity and streaks skyward.

With a smile and a tear in her eye, the shepherdess watches her tiny star until daybreak.

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