Mustn’t go near black holes

There was a copy of New Scientist in the study, with a graphic of a black hole on the cover.  Lillian picked it up.

Daddy, what’s this? she said, pointing at the black hole.

“That’s a BLACK HOLE” I said, knowing she wouldn’t know what a black hole is, but trying to make it sound scary.

Predictably enough:  What’s a black hole?

“A black hole is something that if you fall into it you never come out and you get squashed into nothing. They’re very dangerous.”

That sounded interesting.

Have you ever been in a black hole?

“No, I’ve never been in a black hole.”

I’ve never been in a black hole either.

Thank heaven for that.

You wouldn’t want to go in a black hole, would you she said confidently.

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