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FF – Extinction Level Event!

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by C.E. Ayr and brought to mind a scene near the end of the film “Deep Impact”.

Copyright C.E. Ayr

So quiet, so peaceful, yet moments from the promised meteor strike. He hadn’t watched the whole news story. He’d seen the Hollywood films.

This was the end.

He’d decided to sit and wait for the tsunami, though he’d also taken a strong neurotoxin. He didn’t want to be left, smashed yet alive, the sole survivor. Better to be sure.

He saw a streak of light. A splash. A small wave washed over his feet.

Hmm. Not what he was expecting. Quite a small meteor, then.

In many ways (he pondered as he dropped dead), he shouldn’t have taken the poison.

  1. March 10, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Oh my! What a great use of the prompt! Bravo!

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    • March 11, 2021 at 8:22 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, thanks 🙂

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  2. March 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I bet his name was Billy!

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  3. March 10, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Small earthquake, not many dead

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  4. March 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Talk about mordant humor, Ali. You nailed it with this one! A lesson for all not to believe everything you read.

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    • March 11, 2021 at 8:29 am

      Or at least to read right to the end where it said “no damage is expected” 🙂

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  5. March 10, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Sorry, but with the news media being what it is, he likely wouldn’t have lived long anyway. “This is it, the end of us all!” comes rather frequently these days.

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    • March 11, 2021 at 8:31 am

      Maybe he’s just made a slightly earlier exit…

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  6. March 10, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    This made me LOL! When will people learn that you can’t believe everything you see on social media? 😀

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  7. March 10, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Whoops! Haha – Deep Impact would have been improved with this ending 🙂

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  8. March 10, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Indeed, some decisions can’t be reversed. Great story this week.

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    • March 11, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Yes, it was all a bit final for sure.

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      • March 11, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        I told hubby your story this week. His comment is: “that bites.” He liked it, too.

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      • March 12, 2021 at 10:17 am

        Yay 🙂

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  9. March 10, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Ah gee… damned if he did, damned if he didn’t! Sucks to be him, that’s for sure!

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    • March 11, 2021 at 8:34 am

      Yep, he could have had a pleasant day walking the beach, but instead…

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  10. Michael Humphris
    March 10, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    O heck, he called that wrong.

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  11. Lyn
    March 11, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Maybe he should have had an antidote handy…just in case the media got it wrong. Great story, D-man.

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  12. March 11, 2021 at 4:34 am

    I hate to laugh at this but dang it was funny.

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  13. March 11, 2021 at 8:03 am

    In his defense, it was probably played up as an extinction level event for ratings. Such a shame they lost a viewer over it, though…

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    • March 11, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Yes, the media rather shot themselves in the foot there.

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  14. March 11, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Very funny, Ali, I love it!

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    • March 12, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  15. GHLearner
    March 11, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    What a disappointmen – for him. I want this made into a movie. So much better to have the event sizzle off.

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    • March 12, 2021 at 10:35 am

      That would be great. Two hours of build up, then… splash 🙂

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  16. March 11, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    You shouldn’t believe everything you learn from Hollywood films! Actually, I don’t believe much of what I hear about in the news either. As for weather forecasts, don’t get me started!

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  17. March 11, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    if there’s any consolation, he won’t be there anymore when the big one hits. 🙂

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  18. March 11, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Damn – he really believed the conspiracy theory, that everyday is doomsday.

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  19. March 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    He bought into the end of the world predictions and brought it about after-all. Poor guy. It’s too bad he didn’t pass before he realized his mistake.

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    • March 12, 2021 at 10:41 am

      Yes, he could have died with the smug thought that he was right 🙂

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  20. March 12, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Oh no, poor guy bought the doomsday prediction. Sad, really. And extremely well-written.

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    • March 12, 2021 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  21. March 12, 2021 at 4:12 am

    Oh dear! At least it was quick.

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    • March 12, 2021 at 10:41 am

      Yeah, I didn’t have enough words for him to die writhing and gasping on the sand 😉

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  22. March 12, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Dear Ali,

    Perhaps he was a bit hasty in his decision. Poor guy.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • March 12, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, he didn’t really leave himself any way back.
      Ali

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  23. March 13, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Teehee! A fine example of bathos! You made me smile, Ali.

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  24. March 14, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Great story Ali — your hero contemplating the meaning of life, a shake of the dice, take the pill, not take the pill. I like the mood of it very much.

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    • March 14, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! That chap had hidden depths 🙂

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  25. March 14, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Oops!

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  26. March 14, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    LOL. Always watch the whole story. It maybe shouldn’t be funny but it is totally funny anyway. Thanks for the laugh.

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    • March 15, 2021 at 5:40 am

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you liked it!

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  27. March 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Note to self: don’t watch the news, but if you do, watch the whole story.

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    • March 26, 2021 at 6:01 am

      Yep, especially in tabloids where the headline can promise far worse than the actual story.

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