I know, because you once told me, that light travels in waves and it takes a Julian year for it to cover nine trillion kilometres.

When the police called about you I stayed awake all night searching the stars for traces.

It will take forty five billion years for the image of us under the clock at Marylebone to reach the edge of the observable universe. Every day for the rest of my life, those moments will still live somewhere in the cosmos. So that afternoon, when you told me that you would love me forever, it was almost true.

This story won first prize AND the People’s Prize in the July monthly micro fiction competition.

About the author: Paddy Gillies lives in Devon. His short fiction has been recognised by the Bridport Prize, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Reflex Fiction, Cranked Anvil, Flash 500 and Retreat West.