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The Last Sunrise

Here is my contribution to Sunday Photo Fiction. You can view all the 100-200 word stories by clicking on the blue froggy, and why not have a go yourself?


46-02-february-9th-2014

Simon and Shelley sat hand in hand on the hill top, looking out at the rapidly brightening sky.

“Is it true, do you think?” asked Shelley quietly, brushing a few stray strands of hair from her face.

“All contact with Australia was lost hours ago. Russia. Eastern Europe. All going quiet, one by one.”

“Maybe there’s some other explanation?”

Simon squeezed her hand. “It’s still half an hour to sunrise,” he said sombrely. “See how light the sky is already.”

Shelley nestled her head against him. He put his arm around her shoulders.

“Of all the scenarios we’ve seen in the movies – floods, global warming, alien invasion, even zombies – why did nobody mention this?” asked Shelley, sobbing.

“Maybe someone did,” replied Simon, eyes glistening with his own tears. “Maybe we didn’t see that film.” He hugged her closer.

“It’ll be one hell of a sunrise, though,” said Shelley.

Simon nodded, not trusting himself to speak.

They were still sitting, holding each other tight when the sun rose. Once the bringer of life, it had turned on its children. The most titanic solar firestorm in Earth’s history accompanied the sunrise this morning, burning the planet clean.

  1. February 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I like this one 🙂

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  2. Al
    February 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    This reminds of a book I read once, The Forge of God. The feeling you put into this was awesome. You could feel their pain, the impending doom. A great story

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Thanks! I just checked out that book – the author’s described as a master of “doomsday sci-fi” – sounds right up my street.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story.
      Is it you who runs the Sunday Fiction, and if so do you take all the photos yourself? I’d like to give proper credit in future.

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      • Al
        February 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

        Yes it is, and yes I do 🙂 If you like that book, there is a follow up to it – Anvil of Stars.

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      • February 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

        Cool, thanks!

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  3. NotAPunkRocker
    February 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Wow. This reminds me of one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes, “The Midnight Sun”, only much more destructive (in a good way).

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

      I can take any good story and turn it into an apocalypse, it’s my thing 🙂

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  4. February 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    You’re killing everyone again, lol But such a well written end 😉

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

      I thought why knock people off one at a time when I can do whole planets 🙂

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  5. February 12, 2014 at 1:38 am

    And if not that, there’s always getting hit by an asteroid. You write so well you give me chills.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thank you!
      Asteroids are good for global destruction too 🙂

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  6. February 12, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Well written. Voices and plot believable.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. February 12, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Loved it. Nice build up to the conclusion.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I didn’t want to give the game away too soon, just kept dropping hints.
      Thanks!

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  8. February 12, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I’ll bring my sunglasses to work tonight, just in case……

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Good idea. It would be a shame if you went blind seconds before getting crisped 🙂

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      • February 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        Who wouldn’t want to get to see their own demise?

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  9. Lyn
    February 12, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Another great story. Just so well written.

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    • February 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  10. February 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Chilling indeed, I was dying to find out what was going on 🙂

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    • February 26, 2014 at 7:26 am

      I was trying to build the suspense while not revealing exactly what was happening until the last moment 🙂

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