Dave Smith saw the red warning light flashing on Dover Tower. No! The crazy fools had actually done it! It could only mean one thing.
War had been declared, and the missiles were on their way. The clock was ticking. Maybe they’d all believe him now.
Dave didn’t need to cancel his papers. He didn’t read any. Didn’t watch the news either. Or listen to the radio. Too much bad news!
He braved the high winds and ran to his garden shed. Once inside, in a drill he’d practised a hundred times, Dave accessed his secret underground bunker. It was a shame he couldn’t convince anyone else of the dangers, but they all just laughed at him. No one knew of his secure location, and now they never would.
Dave looked briefly at the monitors showing his back garden and the famous white cliffs. Everything looked so ordinary and normal. He couldn’t bear to watch the carnage. With a tear in his eye, he shut all the cameras down.
Dave carefully set the timer. He would switch the cameras back on in exactly twelve months time. By then, the dust would have settled. To while away the time, he planned to watch pre-recorded comedy classics on his monitor. They’d keep his spirits up…
A page of the Dover Weekly News blew across his garden. If only Dave had kept his cameras on a minute longer – the headline would have interested him.
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS:
SANTA’S BEACON LIT!
This story was prompted by Sunday Photo Fiction December 21st 2014, hosted by Al Forbes. Click the logo for more details.
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12 thoughts on “The Final Countdown”
Aces with the Twilight Zone ending!
Happy Holly Daze and Best of the New Year to you and yours!
Glad you liked it. Season’s Greetings! 🎄
It is not nice to make my heart pound. lol
But somehow I knew there would be a twist to the ending. 🙂
He’ll probably be happy, watching the comedy shows! 😄
I hope the comedy shows are reruns from years and years ago. I can’t find one comedy show today that makes me laugh. 😦 lol
I’d have to agree. I’m not into modern comedies at all!
Steve, Good story with a great twist at the end. Too bad he’ll lose a year of his life for not keeping up with events. Happy Holidays to you and yours! 🙂 — Suzanne
I hope he’s stocked up with everything he needs! Seasonal greetings to you! 😀
That would be me LOL, as you know I hate to follow the news. Although personally I’d have taken my chances on the outside – can you imagine the mess in a bunker with 2 dogs! ❤
Not much room for ‘walkies’ underground! 😄
Haha that made me laugh. Great story 😀
Thanks, Al. Another intriguing photo, that made a great prompt. 😀