As the Starlettes streaked over to Nine, they could see Night encroaching slowly, but surely.
“Saige. That’s North with Night, right?” questioned Sally
“Yes, is sure is.” Confirmed Saige.
“I wonder where Moon is? Is looks pretty strange not seeing Moon with Night, doesn’t it.” concluded Sally
“Yes, it sure does.” confirmed Saige.
“Saige? Are you ok?” asked Sally with a concerned look.
“Yes, I sure am.” confirmed Saige.
“Saige! Wake up! What’s wrong with you? “
“Nothing and everything Sally. Nothing and everything.” Pondered Saige. “C’mon let’s get over to Nine.”
“Wait up! You guys!” puffed Sara, as she came streaking.
“Where were you?” questioned Sally
“Oh, I was just….”
“Nosing around, right?” Interrupted Saige
“Well, I wanted to….”
“Wanted to spy on Moon.” concluded Saige
“As a matter of fact, yes I was watching him. He’s almost fully eclipsed. No matter how often I see it, it, scares me Saige. I know it’s natural, but I still get a chill.” Whined Sara.
“Look Sara, Moon needs some time to rest and think.”
“Yah, I guess.” Agreed Sara, reluctantly “But!”
“No buts!” demanded Saige wisely.
“Shouldn’t you young’uns be taking your positions!” bellowed Nine, suddenly.
“OH! Yes sir! Yes! Sir.” They jumped to attention.
“Why, pray tell, are you scattered around like a bunch of dust particles!” DO TELL!” He thundered loudly.
“Uh, um, Saige? Why are we?” nudged Sara
“Well, SIR.” Said Saige politely
“We were just, sort of, um, thinking we might help you somehow, someway.” stuttered Saige.
“Oh, I see.” Said Nine. “It’s that obvious is it?” he grumbled.
“Well no! I mean Yes. I mean, well you’re looking just a little, um, unusual.” Reached Saige.
“Unusual, hmm. I like that. Unusual.” Softened Nine. “At least someone’s noticed.”
“Noticed?” shouted Sally “We’ve all noticed! Of course, we’ve noticed! Haven’t we all noticed guys?” said Sally looking for help.
“Oh yes! Yes!” said the chorus
“That’s fine girls, just fine and that puts a bright spot on my billow.” Smiled Nine warmly.
“I see Moon’s waning.’’ He added cautiously
“Yes, it’s so sad” cried Sara.
“I also see North’s taking a primary position in the heavens tonight.”
he continued, as they looked at him hopelessly.
“Well,” offered Nine “I still have my silver lining.”
“You do?” cried the Starlettes, hopefully.
“Yes, I do.” Confirmed Nine, confidently. “BUT!”
“But?” Saige asked carefully.
“But I’m afraid my Silver Lining may not still have the same effect it used to have on “Those Below”, he indicated, sadly. “Someone, somewhere, somehow is going to have to remind “Them”. Then perhaps things can change.” He added optimistically.
“You girls go spread what glow you have left, as hard as you can and I’ll try to stay out of your way. Be brighter than you ever been before tonight. Promise me.” directed Nine.
“We promise!” said the Starlettes, as they crossed their points.
“Now off you go quickly. I have some puffing up on my mind and some spring cleaning to do before Dawn arrives, then we’ll have a word or two.” Said Nine as he floated away a little more lightly.
“Sounds great!” said Sally excitedly.
“Yes,” nodded Saige. “A little more promising.”