End of the world


“It’s the end of the world!”

Brandon rolled his eyes. It was about the eighteenth time that he had heard that statement within his lifetime, to say that he was sick of hearing it was an understatement. He glanced up at the sky to say what had caused the latest exclamation. Turned out to be an eclipse of the sun. This made Brandon rolled his again, and he turned to face the person that was speaking. “No, that just happens to be something that happens in science.”

The person did not react to what Brandon said. “The skies go to dark, but yet it is the morning. Repent your ways now, because I am telling you that judgement is about to occur.”

Brandon gave a sigh and made a move to walk away.

“Don’t you dare walk away from me,” the speaker said as he focused his attention on Brandon. “I am sure that you have got lots of sins that you need to repent before you go in front of the Lord.”

Brandon turned back towards the man. “You know nothing about me.”

“More than you think, Brandon.”

Brandon blinked his eyes as he looked once again at the man. He could see nothing that he could recognise, and was sure that he had never met the individual before. “How do you know my name?”

The man gave a casual shrug. “I know many things.”

“Well, here is something that you don’t seem to know. What is going on here is a solar eclipse, and they are actually quite a common phenomenon. There are even people that will travel the world in order to see one when they occur.”

A knowing smile spread across the man slips, and even managed to ignite a fire behind his eyes. “There is something different about this one, but you are about to find that one out.”

“It will be over in a few minutes.”

“Yes. The world; the world is ending.”

Brandon shook his head. “No mate, the eclipse will be over. Look, it is already getting brighter again.”

“Illusion.”

The birds that had gone quiet, suddenly sprang back into song. It was as if the world was waking up once again as it did every morning. For a moment Brandon lost himself in the beauty of the world going on before him. Then he turned back to the man. Only there was no man.

There was a box that the man had been standing on. Brandon looked at this with half a mind to examine it. It was that that moment, he became aware that he was holding a piece of cardboard in his hands. He turned it round, and was startled to discover the scrawled phrase ‘the end is nigh’ written on it.

It all became clear right then. The man had known his name, because he was that man.

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