"Say, have you ever wondered what could be out there?" She asks, looking up dreamily at the night sky. "No, can't say I have. There's enough going on here on Earth to really worry about what the aliens are up to." You joke. She gives you a look.
"Is that seriously what you think?" She asks you again. She wasn't mad about it, just curious. You think for a moment, staring at the stars.
"Well, I mean, there IS a lot going on here on Earth at the moment, and yeah, I've never really thought about it." You' say slowly, then add, "Have you?"
"Well, yeah, if I asked you." She replies with a small chuckle. You both sit like that for a while, quietly staring up at the sky. "Now that I think about it, there could be life out there." You say, not looking down.
"Yeah, I think so. Not everyone does, but how could there not be? The universe is filled with billions of planets, stars, and galaxies. There's got to be something out there." She goes on, with a twinkle in her eye.
There it was. She was always so fascinated with space, while you on the other hand didn't think about it much unless she was. The twinkle in her eye was unmistakable.
"Well, a lot of space explosions must be happening right now." You say in a serious tone. She lets out a laugh. You turn. "What?"
"Nothing, and, no you're right. There's a lot of that going on." Silence again. You think for a moment, then ask a question to break the awkwardness. "Why don't you become an astronaut?" "An astronaut? Oh dear, no. I'm not nearly smart enough for that." She responds with a nervous chuckle.
"I think you are. And plus, you'd have to really work to become one anyways, right?" You watch as she fidgets with her hands. "Yeah, maybe.. Maybe."
Silence, once again. You just really couldn't escape it, looking at the stars is always so distracting. You both stay like that, the wind rustling the grass, lightly blowing the hair out of her face. Your eyes start to slowly close.
You lightly shake yourself, then turn to her. Upon seeing her you could barely hide your smile. She was already asleep.
Couldn't really blame her though. You were both laying in the soft grass, looking at the stars. It was a very relaxing thing.
Time was slowly ticking by but you couldn't bring yourself to wake her. Instead, you remember the question she had asked moments before.
The universe is so unexplored. Looking to the stars you get lost deep deep in your thoughts, as she sleeps peacefully besides you.
At some point you too have fallen asleep. You and her are laying peacefully, eyes closed while the stars wink down at you.
Your eyes open, wincing at the intense sunlight. You stretch a little, sprawling in your bed. Why recall that memory now of all times? Especially today. Was it because you miss her?
You get up, and make yourself some coffee. You stop, looking at a picture sitting on your counter. It was of her.
You really really miss her. It's the day she died after all, out in space.