One Minute to Impact


Amateur author. Mainly focussed on science fiction and urban fantasy.

One minute.

It struck me, toward the end, that every disaster movie had been too optimistic. Deep Impact thought that we'd have around three years to save the world. Armageddon predicted a few weeks. But Asteroid 409233 Megiddo was discovered and tracked at t-minus 100 minutes to impact.

With less than two hours to plan, there wasn't much that could be done. The asteroid was going to crash in eastern Oregon and take out half the continent - what chance did I have, in Boise?

Forty seconds.

I had the chance of dying while hustling and bustling to live, or dying in a manner that I decided. I would have decided to go out among friends, but all my close friends are screennames, and most of them are asleep, on the other side of the world. I didn't want to wake them up, only to horrify them with my real-time death. In any event, I've already sent out my final message.

Twenty seconds.

I look out of the window of my apartment. In the distance, I can almost see a fast-moving streak of orange. Any second now-


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I love way you have responded to the prompt in this piece. Time flows easily and is, really, the dominant force of the narrative, ultimately cutting our protagonist off.

Nicely executed.

And welcome to Ficlatté.

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  • #750 Posted 8 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Not much time to say goodbye. :( Time is ticking away, whether there is a meteor or not, so go live your lives, people!

  • #784 Posted 8 years ago
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I appreciate this response to my prompt, and .. .well I just dig it.

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Story prompt:

Imagine your first person narrator being aware of any kind of countdown (time, quantity, etc.) that is important to someone else; present the narrator's feelings about the event and its meaning for the other person.

A Countdown for Another by aslargeasalone

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