Armageddon

Image copyright: Madison Woods

Image copyright: Madison Woods

“Armageddon!”

“The screens, watch the screens.”

“Red, blood red, numbers falling, falling, falling. Looks bad.”

Silence followed. The pit was deathly still. Everyone watching as the world crashed, watched the figures, watched the news streaming, read that banks were folding, that bankruptcy is the new black.

They stood in small groups, heads in hands, city pallor paler than usual, some near tears.

“God save us,” some called.

Some called, “The government will save us.”

The chanting started in one corner of the room, spread, increasing in volume, “Let the taxpayer pay.”

And so it came to pass.

Armageddon it was not.

 

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers’ 100 word challenge. Find it here.

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41 Responses to Armageddon

  1. Margaret says:

    Such chaos and panic. The tension and fear are palpable. Well told.

  2. Amy Reese says:

    Money will save the world, I guess, or ruin it. Nice take!

  3. And the taxpayers are foolish enough to keep paying without complaint 😦

  4. Dear Patrick,

    There’s nothing new under the sun or the moon is there? Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  5. rgayer55 says:

    I hope they brought plenty of lubrication. So many to support and so few taxpayers.

  6. I loved the dramatic tension in the room — and your creative take on it!
    My favorite phrase: “bankruptcy is the new black”
    ~ Vijaya
    You knew me formerly as V-Hypnagogic Logic (vijayasundaram,com) — now, http://magicsurrealist2013.me (OR StrangeLander2015 — why? It’s a long story!)

    • Thank you. I enjoyed writing that. And now to find your piece.

      • Hmmm … I thought my piece was out there, when I posted it, because others found it! Ah, you must have gone to my old blog, which I’ve now made Private, and pretty much discontinued using for Friday Fictioneers, or anything else
        I have a new blog (was trying to evade an Internet Annoyer on FB, who also read my blog) — my new blog is:
        http://magicsurrealist2013.me/
        (also known as StrangeLander 2015).
        Hope you like my story.
        ~Vijaya

  7. Can next week be about a return to the gold standard, please? 😉 Well done.

  8. gahlearner says:

    Yup, isn’t that always the case. And the wheel turns, and we pay… Great take on the prompt.

  9. An interesting take on the prompt – good story.

  10. It’s always wee little people that save the world. Good take on the prompt.

  11. Miles Rost says:

    Simple word for this: Fascinating.

    Well done!

  12. storydivamg says:

    It strikes me that the things we think will end the world tend not to do so. We’re here for the duration. Best make the most of it.

    Interesting take for this week, Patrick.

    All my best,
    MG

  13. Oh, that chant will never end. Well done.

  14. I love the sardonic humor and the rhythm to this.

  15. pure poetry here: “They stood in small groups, heads in hands, city pallor paler than usual, some near tears.”

  16. ceayr says:

    Sounds like you were there, Patrick.
    In which case, can I get my money back now?

  17. Sandra says:

    As it was in the beginning, as it ever shall be. 😉

  18. micklively says:

    Blessed are the meek for they shall get fucked over.
    Good piece.

  19. ansumani says:

    So that’s how it happenned eh? Well crafted story.

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