“Damn it, Frank. How many times have I told you not to block the light?”
“Sorry, boss. I was just trying to get a closer look at the cute couple.”
“Okay, relax. We’re almost done with this experiment anyway. One hundred million years is long enough; it’s time to shut it down.”
“Okay, flipping the light off now, what’s for lunch?”
In the blink of an eye, the Sun went out and the world as we knew it ceased to exist.
David J. Kent is the author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) (both Fall River Press). He has also written two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate. His next book on Abraham Lincoln is due out in 2017.
[Originally a response to a Microfiction Madness Prompt: “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” Tell me about the apocalypse in 100 words or less. The catch: no climate disaster, man-made disaster, plague or zombies.]