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Category: Mystery/Sci-fi
Words: 100
Rating: PG

Copyright - Ted Stutz

Copyright – Ted Stutz

The scene had been the same at the last twelve buildings. Half eaten dinners, smoldering cigars, blaring T.V.’s, churning washing machines, but no people. It began with a sound, like God hooked his bass guitar to the largest amplifier in the universe. That single, core shaking chord changed her world.

Peering into the tavern she noticed the woman, one of two humans she found on a street usually filled with thousands.  Why were they spared? And for what? Taking a stool, she downed an abandoned shot to gather her thoughts, and courage.

  1. Hopefully she and the other woman can figure out what’s going on and hopefully there’s at least one man left!! 🙂 This is a good example of leaving us wondering what happened and where the story will go.

    “Half-eaten” and “core-shaking” need hyphens, giving you two extra words to play with if you like. If not, that’s good, too. 🙂


  2. vb holmes says:

    Sounds like Herculaneum without the volcanic ash. Who are the two women–Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama?

  3. Sheila says:

    For some strange reason, I love end of the world stories like this. Maybe it’s just the challenge of being forced into living completely differently. Nice details with the half eaten dinners and smoldering cigars. It makes me wonder what will happen and where everyone went.

  4. Jan Brown says:

    This is very good! I hope you continue the story next week. It’s a very intriguing take on the photo prompt!

  5. Were they spared or were they not chosen?

  6. kz says:

    omg, were they left behind? or were they spared? either way, it’s pretty scary. i like the mysteriousness. 🙂 great job.

  7. petrujviljoen says:

    Who was she if she was surprised at finding a human? A drinking alien? All too human. Good one.

  8. Phew. A good story and a good beginning to a good story.

  9. Nothing’s like an apocalypse 🙂

  10. silent kim says:

    Mysterious. Would love to know more.

  11. I have some Christian friends who would say she wasn’t “spared”.
    I think I like the spared idea better.

  12. elappleby says:

    I like this – you capture the eerie emptiness very well. I especially liked: “That single, core shaking chord changed her world.” Excellent.

  13. rgayer55 says:

    And what did she say to the other women? “You come here often?”
    Sorry, I couldn’t help myself ? I really do love this – Russell

  14. Great sense of building mystery, makes you want to know what happened.

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