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#2

by Natalie

I shivered and brought my thin blue jacket closer to my body as I walked down the street. The small corner store was just a few minutes away.
Cars passed by and the sky darkened with big gray clouds. Small raindrops slowly began showering down. Great, rain.
Suddenly, loud sirens ripped through the silent air. I turned around, expecting to find a cop car or ambulance. All I saw was a bright light. It was blinding and in a matter of seconds I was on the ground, unconscious.
Slowly the darkness dissolved into light again. I groaned and sat up, finding myself laying in a big pile of rubble. I had a screaming headache and I couldn't feel my right leg, but what really caught my attention is how the world looks.
It was dark outside and thick gray smoke was floating towards the sky from various demolished buildings.
Cars were crashed off to the side and it was dead silent. There was no one but me around. I tried to get up, but once my legs began to lift my weight, they gave out and I fell hard back onto the pile of rubble.
I deeply breathed in for a few moments and tried again, slowly at first, until my legs supported my body.
I walked over to the store and got the milk I'd needed. Hey, if I was the last person on Earth, I'd still like to have some cereal.
I opened the door to the corner store and glanced around as the bell above the door softly chimed.
The place was trashed, but the electricity still worked--for now. I grabbed a carton of milk and a few snacks. Glancing at the register, my heart dropped as I saw Mrs. Peterson, the kind old lady who ran the store, laying on the floor with her dark lifeless eyes staring up at the ceiling.
I shivered and walked back to my apartment, one of the three buildings still left in our part of town.
The place was deserted. I opened my door and put the milk away, wondering what happened.
I turned the t.v. on, hoping there would be news on, explaining what had happened. My t.v. made sounds, but never turned on.
I sighed and tossed the remote on the table. So much for that idea.
I realized sitting here in my apartment for the rest of my life sounds pretty boring, so I decide to go to a park and try to see what had happened.
I walked out of my apartment, not bothering to lock the door. I walked over to the small park close to my apartment and wandered around for a bit. I heard footsteps behind me and I slowly turned around.
"Cassie?"
My boyfriend, Chase, stood behind me, smiling uncertainly.
"Chase!" I ran to him and hugged him. "What happened?"
He glanced around, his bright blue eyes taking in the dark scenery. "A bomb dropped. One second, I'm walking to the movie theater,

the next second I'm thrown onto the ground." His eyes softened and looked into my eyes. "I'm so glad you're okay!"
I smiled. "Me too. So are we the only people alive?"
He nodded.
I looked into his eyes and smirked seductively. "Let's go restore the human population."
He grinned as his eyes darkened and planted a soft kiss on my lips. "Sounds awesome."

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