Homer, Alaska will always have its rumors about what happened to Paul and Jimbo that fateful night. (27 min)
“The Derby” originally appeared in #33 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. It was recently nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award.
Jimbo feels connected to Paul. He senses his urgency, his desperation. A shooting star suddenly flashes across the horizon in front of them and then another and another as the sky is filled with a dance of cosmic sparks. Both of them point at each new flashing wonder for the other, laughing as their arms cross. They can’t keep up with the display. There is a noise, a whistling in the air and then a loud bang from behind them as something hits the deck. They both turn, startled, At first, they see only the darkened deck and Paul thinks that Felix has pulled a prank, but then a pin-prick of a twinkle becomes a glow, as the meteorite that has miraculously landed on deck begins to flare.