Short Stories

Special Report: A Meteroid to Hit Earth

Writing Prompt: The meteoroid was hurtling straight to Earth…

At first it was an ordinary day. Laura and Jonathon, still in the newlywed stage of their marriage, had woken up late and then curled up on the couch to watch the marathon of disaster movies on TV.

Then a real disaster happened.

“Breaking news,” the grave faced news reporter announced. “NASA has just released a report stating that the meteroid they expected to pass by us this evening will in fact make contact with the Earth. The impact will take place at approximately 9:00 pm EST and will affect the Eastern United States. Viewers are asked to take shelter as far underground as they can.”

Laura’s mouth fell open in shock but Jonathon just frowned. “I thought this movie was about hurricanes, not asteroids.”

“This is a real news segment!” Laura shrieked. “It’s not part of the movie!”

Jonathon snorted in disbelief and leaned over to pick up the remote. “It can’t be…” he trailed off when he turned the channel and saw the news on every one of them. “Holy shit! What do we do?”

“We can’t do anything. We live in Pennsylvania, we don’t have a basement, and it will hit in less just over two hours.” Laura felt surprisingly calm as she answered.

They sat there in silence for a few minutes. They had just recently moved and didn’t know any of their neighbors, didn’t know if any of them had basements or cellars (though Laura doubted a basement would be any safer than anywhere house since the asteroid was set to fall practically on their heads). They didn’t have any family they felt the need to call.

“I have an idea,” she finally declared as she threw herself off the couch. Minutes later she returned with a DVD in hand. She slid it into the player and they curled up on the couch.

The film was nearly close to being to its end when static started to interfere with their TV set. “The meteoroid must be messing with reception,” Jonathon muttered as he held Laura close.

“I love you.”

“I love you too.”

To the sight of a wedding and the tune of “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith the couple saw the light flare up through the window behind their TV.

And then nothing.


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