Out Of Time by Chris Morin
The last of the dead autumn leaves were dropping on the
lawn and he knew; he knew his life would soon be over and there wasn't a
damn thing he could do about it. If the reports on the television were correct,
he would soon be dead along with millions of others.
He wasn't scared. No, there wasn't enough time to be
scared. He wanted to spend his last minutes on Earth looking at the world
he once knew: the back yard where he had spent hours mowing, pruning and killing
any dandelion that dared grow in his space, the storage shed that he had
spent so much time puttering around in but never really getting anything
done, the picnic table that held the ghosts of countless meals from dozens
of cookouts throughout the years and finally his favorite spot, the small
pond at the end of the yard that was home to a family of ducks.
Now he and the ducks would die in a fiery blast.
How much time? He didn't know. He walked towards his
home, an old colonial that had lived through many wars. Not this time though.
There may be something left of the foundation, but probably not much. The
more he thought about his home the more he grew sad. He loved living away
from all of the hustle and bustle of the big cities. He loved the peacefulness
and the serenity.
He fought off the temptation to break down and cry.
Dying didn't scared him. It was the thought of dying
alone that made him tremble. His wife had passed away two years previous
from natural causes. One morning he woke up. She didn't. He was married to
her for eighteen years. But her memory cheered his heart. He would be with
He started to smile.
But then his vision turned black.
And he was out of time.