My children and I had fun yesterday, planning an “End of the World” party. The plans included popcorn, disaster movies and staying up late.
As the evening ticked on, they decided they didn’t want to watch disaster movies and we nixed the popcorn. The family consensus was to watch a rerun of Doctor Who. After all, the world couldn’t end if The Doctor was still fighting for us, right?
One by one, the kids wandered off to bed, secure in the knowledge that Santa would stop by our house on Christmas Eve and tomorrow was right on schedule.
So what now? Wide awake on the eve of Armageddon and the kids fast asleep… that familiar pesky question popped up: “What if?”
Changeling Press authors and readers are tempted every week with a “Flash Fiction Challenge.” A theme is announced, 100-150 words. This week is Armageddon. What or who would you do if the world was ending?
What would I do? How would I want to spend my last few minutes?
We stood still, looking at the brilliant streaks of light shooting through the sky. At any other time it would be a novelty. Tonight, it foreshadowed the end of the world. Catastrophic collision, meteors, it all ran together in a confusion of doom.
“Tony, I can’t just stand here waiting for the end. Take me home.”
He took my hand and led me back to our house. The white picket fence we’d so painstakingly put up last spring surrounded us with a false sense of serenity as we passed through the gate.
“Wait! What…?” His low chuckle rumbled against my ear as he swept me off my feet and carried me over the threshold. “Didn’t we already do this once?”
“It’s never too late to have a second honeymoon.”
“Did you forget the end of the world stuff?”
“Honey, you *are* my world. When I’m with you, nothing else matters.”
It’s been an interesting year with many challenges, tragedies, rewards and discoveries. Just remember that YOU matter.
The fact that you exist and participate in this wild, wacky world of ours is a miracle that only you can perform. So whether the world ends tomorrow or pulses on for a millennium more, you matter more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for being a part of my world, and I hope in some small way that I’ve been a part of yours.
~ Cassidy McKay