End Credits

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PHOTO PROMPT © Mikhael Sublett

Ralph stood at the door, staring.  His entire life was in the house, and yet it was almost unrecognizable.  He took a few tentative steps in, then a large one over the heap of rubble.

He shook his head.

In the movies, this is where the end credits would start.  The hero, perhaps The Rock, would say, “And now we rebuild.” The camera would pan out showing the endless destruction and the credits would come up.

But this wasn’t the movies, this was life. And it wasn’t the end, only the beginning.

And Ralph knew that it would get worse.

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Word count = 100

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36 thoughts on “End Credits

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Dale. Often the end of one thing is just the beginning of something else… Funny thing, although we went down similar roads, I think it was your story that triggered my idea for my second story, which is far different… I think it was just the way you worded things.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Yes, not this story, but the second one I posted, “The Androids”. I’m not sure why, but when I read your story I thought “kipple” and wrote a story based on that word, yet the first paragraph includes “detritus”, which I must have unconsciously stolen from you…

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  1. Nobbinmaug

    I often think that about “happy endings” in movies. “What about the city that was destroyed?” “What about the 13 kids who died before they caught the killer?” Yay! They saved one. One for 14 is not very good. “What about the villain who was only trying to take over the world?” It’s not a happy ending for him.

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