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I never tire of the view, forever frozen on the screen.
See, time stopped. We all knew it would, and it did. Y2K and all that had been blasting the airwaves for months.
12:00 GMT, January 1, 2000; and every monitor in the world froze. Same Image, same time. The world stopped. We stopped. In a million cities we stared at screens, all with this same serene picture.
Was it heaven? Did the rapture come and leave us behind?
12:00 GMT, January 1, 2007… We’re still here. Same image, same time. Did the rapture come and leave us behind?
Y2K = For those who do not remember, the turn of the millenium was believed to be the end of the computerized world as we knew it. People were in a panic believing that our entire electrical and computer related grids would come to a crashing halt just as ball dropped on the new year 2000.
GMT = Greenwich MeanTime. The clock by which most computers of the era were set by.
—© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham
“Once upon a time in a land far, far away…”
That’s how the story was supposed to begin, right? Well, it didn’t. So much for fairy tale beginnings… What it should have said was…
Today, right next to her, the world changed. There, now that’s more like it. So, how did that world change? It was all really very simple….
She opened a door.
That door, unbeknownst to her, would lead her into a story that she never would have even have dreamed up. For the door was a portal, and that portal was a door. All things she’d perceived as real were unreal, and all that was unreal was real… That’s how the story was supposed to begin.
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Looking at the picture, she couldn’t believe it was so serene a day ago. The sky was a beautiful shade of blue with tiny powder puff clouds. It was surprisingly warm for Spring in the midwest. A welcome relief from winter’s blast. She’d been smiling and enjoying the wind chimes. A camera flashed; or had it really been a camera, she’d never know for sure. It didn’t matter now, the damage was done.
Beyond the houses, in the small piece of sky she could see, her eyes followed the column of cloud up, up, and up until it branched out like an umbrella, becoming a large mushroom. It’s appearance, the beginning of the end.
It had been all so serene just last week.
C. 2014, Starfire McQuinn. All Rights Reserved.
(134 wc, hope that fits within the guidlines, now.)
PHOTO PROMPT © Lauren Moscato
I stood on the street corner staring. Impossible, and yet, it was there as sure as anything. It remained, a reminder, a warning. Those who entered through the front door at street level, never left by the side door. People entered the building and never returned. I looked down to the business card in my hand. My appointment time… three minutes from now. I’d never been late for an appointment before…
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This is written for Friday Fictioneers, a 100 word writing challenge presented weekly at: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/
(Note: I did not use capital letters on purpose so don’t flame me for it.)
bodies lay where they fell. people were too afraid to touch them. no one knew what killed them. they just played the final note and then all went silent.