This piece, was another exercise from our writers group, when some were discussing things extra terrestrial, and the universe, and so the brief was to write about half a page on “Something Astronomical”.
So in my usual manner, I took a different slant and this is what I came up with;
A cool spring breeze floated gently through the new growth of the canopy, rustling leaves and moving branches as it went, while the golden orb of the full moon hung lazily above the treetops, casting its dappled yellow light amongst the gnarled trunks and tentacle like roots, punctuating the forest floor.
The young lovers moved slowly, deliberately between the trees, at once invisible in the deep shadows, only to reappear momentarily into the moons soft glow before moving back to the shadows once again.
They made no sound discernable above the evenings woodland chorus, and a casual observer would know nothing of their passing. But pass they did like wraiths floating on the softly intoxicating aromas of pine, sandalwood and the wildflowers growing in abundance at the heart of their destination.
After what seemed an eternity, the couple stepped out from amongst the shadows and into a small clearing covered with a thick carpet of grass and wildflowers.
They stood for a moment staring up at the night sky as the myriad of bright, sparkling stars smiled down upon them, a crowning glory transforming a simple peasant couple to King and Queen under the spell of its majestic beauty, validating their love and commitment to one another.
Stripping away the trappings of unnecessary modesty, they consummated their marriage in the middle of the clearing, under a star encrusted sky, on a bed of wildflowers and to the rhythm of the night.
And when their passion was spent, they lay naked under the stars, staring up into the firmament as a shooting star passed, a final tribute overhead, and smiling at one another, the way that lovers do, they both silently concluded that their wedding night turned out to be…… something astronomical!