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The End of Days

I thought I would do a story for Sunday Photo Fiction this week, which is hosted by Al Forbes and asks for a story of around 200 words. The photo looked like fun! It’s a smidge over 200 words, sorry. I cut it down as much as I could!

To read the other stories, click on the blue frog.

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With a flash of lightning and clap of thunder a dread figure appeared. All the Peoples of the Earth looked up in dismay.

“THIS IS THE END OF THE DAYS OF MAN!” it declaimed. All the Peoples of the Earth wept in fear.

“YOUR TIME AS A RACE HAS COME TO AN END!” it continued. Everyone cowered in terror. “TODAY IS YOUR LAST… huh?”

There was a faint ringing sound. The Peoples watched as the demonic figure tapped its ear.

“I’m a bit busy, can’t this wait?” it said in a more normal tone of voice. “Say what now? You’re kidding me… huh?… No, no, I’m not happy, this is unbelievable. Fire the intern! Bye, bye, goodbye, bye.”

“AHEM. PEOPLES OF THE EARTH, HARKEN! THERE HAS BEEN A SLIGHT COCK-UP IN THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT.” The Peoples of the Earth shivered in confusion.

“ALLOW ME TO START AGAIN.” The figure cleared its throat. “THIS IS THE END OF THE DAYS OF DAN. IS THERE A DAN HERE?”

A small figure hesitantly raised its hand.

“AH, DAN, COME WITH ME, PLEASE. YOU’RE ABOUT TO HAVE A VERY BAD DAY. AS FOR THE REST OF YOU… I GUESS YOU’RE FINE. FOR NOW. FAREWELL!”

With another flash of lightning, both demonic figure and unfortunate Dan disappeared.

 

  1. March 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Funny! Now if we could make the demon perhaps have a Jamaican accent, then he can (please) take the one charlatan with the bad combover, among other “ugge,” horrible things about him. It could also be the last days of Don, right?! 🙂 The End of Days–subtitle “Apocalypse: Later.” 🙂

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    • March 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      I assume you’re talking about Donald? There was an article I read today – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35828747 – the Economist Intelligence Unit has published its list of top ten global risks. Donald Trump becoming president is in at number 6 🙂

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      • March 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm

        Yeah, I think he calls himself “The Donald.” Glad he’s not the last man-0r mon-on Earth. That’s an interesting data point; not even some business sources are supporting him. Strange, so strange.

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  2. March 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    That’s good thinking. Poor, Dan!

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  3. March 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Proving that no matter when you issue a retraction, the damage is already done. Sorry about that, Dan.

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  4. March 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Out of over 7 billion people, he’s the only one named Dan. That was quite unlucky indeed…

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    • March 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Yeah, what are the odds? 🙂
      I was originally going to have something like “somehow, deep inside, he knew that he was the ‘Dan’ referred to”, but word count, you know?

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      • March 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

        Sometimes, the word count restrictions actually help the story. Him being the only Dan cracked me up…

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      • March 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

        🙂

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  5. Lata Sunil
    March 18, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Dan will soon be struck by the lightning! lol.

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  6. March 18, 2016 at 5:01 am

    How embarrassing to be singled out like that in front of everyone! o_O

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    • March 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Indeed. Almost worse than his impending doom. Usually it would be a more intimate affair, but there was this little communications difficulty resulting in a world-wide announcement 🙂

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  7. March 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I’ve always understood the End of Days would be announced by powerful angels assigned that task by God. It seems satan thought we were all going to hell. I hope he didn’t have a good reason to think that was right. I don’t know what punishment his stupid intern can suffer since he’s already in hell. Hilarious and well done, Ali.

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    • March 18, 2016 at 8:55 am

      This guy was just doing what he was told, I guess. I expect he was quite excited to find out (erroneously) that the Time had finally come! I wouldn’t want to be in the intern’s shoes right now…

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  8. March 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    My poor brother. 😦 (His name is Dan.)

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    • March 18, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Tell him not to stick his hand up 🙂

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  9. March 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING!! Hahahaha! Poor guy, what an idiot for raising his hand!

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    • March 18, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Yeah, I bet he was one of those kids who sat at the front of the class at school too 🙂

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  10. March 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    😄 😄
    This is the most hilarious story I’ve read from you.
    From the confused information, to phone calls, to singling out just one individual.

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    • March 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Was it the correct Dan? It was a Dan.
      All extremely embarrassing for the demonic figure, I’m sure 🙂

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  11. March 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    LOL! I love this! I’ll have to have my son Daniel read it. It would be his luck to be that Dan.

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    • March 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      I’m sure he’s canny enough to keep his head (and his hand) down! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  12. Lyn
    March 18, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    LOL my son’s name is also Dan. He’s a naval officer so I’m thinking he’d bring the big guns into play about now and blast the demon to…oh yeah, he’s already come from there hasn’t he. Perhaps he’ll use the new Nanite-canon technology and put a flea in his ear and watch him slowly disintergrate 😉

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    • March 19, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      It’s amazing how many people know a Dan! I expect slowly disintegrating would wipe the smile off the demonic figure’s face 🙂

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  13. Lyn
    March 18, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    oops, I mean disintegrate

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  14. March 19, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Looks like we’ve been given a reprieve. But poor Dan!

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  15. March 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Holy Moses!Almost biblical!

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  16. March 19, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Hahahahahaha! You never fail, Draliman! I adore this story. That demon seems, somehow, human … except for the end of the “unfortunate Dan.” Did he have a chance to squeak out a goodbye to anyone? Poor fellow!

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    • March 20, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Demons have to move with the times – if we met one in the street we may never suspect…
      I think Dan was in such shock he just got whisked away 😦
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  17. March 21, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Haha I love it.

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  18. March 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Very amusing story, Ali! Poor Dan – he really shouldn’t have put his hand up. 🙂

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  19. March 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Sadly amusing.

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  20. March 27, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Hahahaha! Oh my… I’m not sure if I should laugh or feel guilty for Dan!! 😄

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    • March 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

      It was simply his time 😦 And maybe he shouldn’t have put his hand up!

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      • March 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

        Aww.. poor DAN!

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      • March 28, 2016 at 11:05 am

        😦

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  21. March 28, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Communication is everything! Loved it!

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    • March 28, 2016 at 8:11 am

      One little mistake…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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