Imminent Threat | Microfiction

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It was a subtle change, but not unnoticeable. There was something about the synthetic sun that wasn’t quite right. It burned too brightly. It was the wrong shade of yellow. Worst of all, it felt too close.

Each day at noon, it seemed as though the sun bore down on humankind like an imminent threat. But only a few believed the threat was real.

They were vindicated on the day the sun fell. The enormous lightbulb dropped onto Earth and shattered into a million pieces. Lethal splinters of glass killed most. The unending winter slowly took out those who remained.

© Dale Rogerson

This story was written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly photo prompt challenge, Friday Fictioneers. You can read more stories inspired by the above photo here.

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Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

10 thoughts on “Imminent Threat | Microfiction”

  1. The genuine article is probably our best bet for the next few million years then. Great story. Kind of like something out of The Hitch Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.

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