The End Is Nigh


The End is Nigh! the man shouted.

Is there still time for hot chocolate? Riley asked.

The-End-is-Nigh guy blinked. Ah, maybe, I don’t know.

― Jana Oliver, Forbidden

Why, thank-you, dearie. I never say no to a biscuit. And what’s your name, young lady? Louise? The old face cracked in a smile.

Do I believe what? That the dragon is coming and the world will end tomorrow?

Now, when I was your age, the world was always coming to an end. Left and right people were predicting disasters. I think it’s because they want the world to change. And right they are! But no, I don’t think the world will end tomorrow.

The dragon, now, that’s a whole other story. The old eyes twinkled. I’ve seen it myself, you know…

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T.Mastgrave’s story challenge: the End of Time.

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3 thoughts on “The End Is Nigh”

  1. This is a very interesting piece. However, unless I’m reading it wrong, you are presenting only one side of a conversation, and that is kind of confusing. I’m guessing the reasoning is to stay within a hundred words, but I think the piece as a whole might be more effective if you provided the whole dialogue. Right now it lacks context.

    1. I was actually thinking of a situation where an observer would only hear one side of the conversation. It was an experiment in letting the reader connect the dots. It seems I set them a bit too far apart…
      Thanks for sharing you thoughts, I’ll keep it in mind.

      1. Hmmm… I can see the idea, and the reader can follow the line of thought, but you can definitely feel the parts that are missing. The technique can work as part of a larger story (they do this in movies, plays, and novels for example) where the audience can garner the context from other sources. As a stand alone piece though, I’m not sure that the technique can work.

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