The Dafanlons are a servant race of elephant-like creatures with short snouts and delicate folds of skin on their heads, which they use to detect sound. They are employed by the Vugane, a race of intelligent molluscs, to monitor all communication in the Dius galaxy and beyond.
Yesterday the Dafanlons detected a message from a far-off species on a dying planet called Earth. It read: memel and was the last communication before Earth went dark. The Vugane were not surprised. They had intercepted similar communications from at least sixty thousand species that no longer existed and had learnt the value of listening long ago.
For 100 consecutive days I will write and post a short story (about 100 words) incorporating a randomly selected word from Afterliff: A new dictionary of things there should be words for.
The last word:
To continue vaguely agreeing with someone you stopped listening to ages ago.