I recently started playing a fantastic game for writers called Elegy for a Dead World. It plays like a scrolling platform game, but there is no fighting or obstacles to face. Instead, in each world, players are given the opportunity to write stories about their landscape – the sights, the smells, the sounds – with writing prompts to guide them.
I’ve written a few stories on there now, but I was particularly pleased with my most recent one: Dear Marta. It is the letter from a girl on a new planet – one with warm weather, beautiful sunsets and starry, starry nights – to her sister back on their home world, Onun.
As the story progresses, it becomes apparent that this isn’t a letter written from the heartache of a short absence. It has been a long time since the girls have been together.
At the end, it is revealed that the narrator’s sister died a long time ago, back when they were children on Onun. The girl remembers their childhood fondly, and promises her sister that she will never forget her, but this will be the last letter she will write.
What story would you have written, with this beautiful purple planet as your backdrop?