Friday Fictioneers – The End

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

FF - The End 181025

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The End

Silence.

No voices, no footsteps.

No clicking of radiators cooling; no electronic chimes from computers.

Sunlight streams through the great window. The painted figures of the frescoes go silently about their business, unwatched, irrelevant.

Dust.

On the lamps, on the huge circular counter.

On the floor, dust, scarred by the tracks of small scurrying creatures. Dust on the clock, its hands forever resting at a quarter to one – whether day or night nobody knows and nobody cares.

Outside the building, life, luxuriant and green, thrusts through asphalt, chokes water-courses, swarms over rusting vehicles and rejoices.

Man’s day is past.

54 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The End

    • Dear anie
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, it’s very dark, but that was how the picture led me. Although there are a few figures in the photo, they’re dwarfed by the space which looks as though it’s slowly being deserted.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Susan
      It looks increasingly likely, I fear. It’s one of the reason why I’m a member of the Green Party; they’re the only political party whose policies towards the environment make any sense at all.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  1. yes, it makes you wonder if over night the human race just vanishes. What of all the great buildings, the evidence of people long gone. Will some futuristic explorer discover the planet and conclude there must have been life here at one time and think; did they over extend their existence.

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    • Dear James
      Thank you for reading and for your thought-provoking comment. I don’t think the evidence will last very long – a few tens of thousands of years, perhaps. Our longest lived artefacts may prove to be the Voyager spacecraft.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Lish
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, there are plenty of ways humankind could go extinct, but life itself will almost certainly continue in all its savage beauty.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Linda
      Thank you for reading and for your thoughtful comments. Yes, the extent of the destruction will make a difference to how fast nature can heal, so let’s hope we don’t destroy too much.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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