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Just-the-end-of-the-world-and-me by TanyaSimoneSimpson

Ashes and ashes and no place in the ground for those who have fallen. Crematoriums blaze like dying stars encased in stone, their toxic breath and powdered death shipped out to the desolate depths of the ocean and sealed in salt by tired machines. Perhaps this poison would find a way to return to us, as all our past poisons have done, because there are no safe graves to hold all the lives and matter and potential we have wasted.

There are no chains strong enough to contain the destruction we have released. Some things can never be buried because they came from us and we are bound to bear the burdens of our own creation. Nothing will ever be truly at rest again. Rest has been consumed by ruin so we hold our collective breath and shield our eyes and know that we have brought this on ourselves. We have only our own misguided ambitions to blame and in the end we are as lost as we were in the beginning.

Allowing his train of thought to arrive at its natural conclusion, unlike everything else in the world, he poured the last of the whiskey into the crystal glass. Finally, finally, the bottle was finished and so was he. He had kept that last drop for so long, preserving it untouched until there was no point in keeping it any longer. He savoured the warmth of the absurdly expensive liquid sliding down his throat then set the glass carefully on the antique leather coaster at the edge of the mahogany desk. All status symbols in a world where status no longer meant anything at all, symbolic or otherwise.

With the steady hand of a man who has found the secret of peace within his reach at last, he unlocked and opened the concealed drawer in the desk, allowing himself a calm, quiet moment to appreciate the smoothness of the mechanism, a sure sign of fine craftmanship from a time when furniture was a concept that mattered. It meant nothing now. Not a thing.

He lifted his gun from the drawer, put the cold, greasy barrel in his mouth and settled serenely into the one decision that he knew with every fibre of his being and every atom of the æther of his soul to be right. It was the only decision he would ever make that he would not live to regret.

A bright white explosion of divine emptiness flashed before his eyes in the exquisite instant after he pulled the trigger. One sharp, solitary crack split the silence as Prime Minister Nathaniel David Anthony Roberts issued his final apology to what was left of the world in the form of an elegant spray of blood against a window no-one had bothered to clean in the longest time.

 I was feeling apocalyptic and had a work-in-progress from last year that was begging to be progressed. The title is from Preaching the End of the World by Chris Cornell [lyricslisten] which is one of the most intensely beautiful songs I have ever heard. Content warning for suicide, guns and the complete ruination of human existence.

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For the month of January 2017, I wrote a piece of flash fiction (almost!) every day based on a set of prompts. You can see a list of the prompts and links to the stories on my blog, here. I posted the pieces at TanyaSimoneSimpson.com and am sharing some of them on DA too. Obviously I'd love it if you visited my blog cause that's where all my writing and lots of other stuff lives so a wider audience there would be awesome, but I'm happy to share with my DA family here as well.

Some of my written work tends towards the darker side of things so for the purpose of posting it on DA I'll be applying the Mature Content tag if I think there's any chance at all that any of the content in a story might not be suitable for younger readers. I'm generally massively over-cautious about this kind of thing, partly because I genuinely do not want to upset anyone and partly because I don't want to be on the receiving end of the bile and rage that is sometimes directed at people who work in more subversive creative genres.

If a Mature Content tag isn't necessary as per DA's guidelines but a story contains themes or details that it may benefit people to know about up-front so they can make an informed choice about reading without risking being retraumatised, the appropriate content warnings will be included in the description of the piece.

I love having the opportunity to share words as well as pictures and I hope you enjoy reading my creations :heart:

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TanyaSimoneSimpson.com
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Lust0fADeeperPain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
:writing: Only a person that writes well as you do would be able to put everything into focus as you did here. I do not know what is happening to our world. It is not supposed to be like this. Your very talented with writing Tanya I think you should had pursued a career as a writer. 
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
I am pursuing a career as a writer. It's the other thing I do :)
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Lust0fADeeperPain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
You will certainly make it. :hug:
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017   Traditional Artist
Wow , you're so right Tanya , you've done a great Lit. 
It depends only on us if we want to change something ... But sometimes we start acting when it's too late...
Population = Poluation 
God gives us a great place to live ... but we use it and we do not know how to take care of it. 
I liked a lot what you write here. Sad but true. I'm with you ! :heart: :hug:
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Thank you :) I sincerely hope this isn't the path we end up taking. It scares me when world leaders ignore climate change and other environmental issues. We only have one planet so we need to look after it.
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yeah you're right :thumbsup:
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Manlarr Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017   Photographer
:clap: very well written :)
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
Thanks! This has been floating around my hard drive in various forms for about three years. I'm still not completely sure it's finished or that it won't end up being part of a bigger project at some point, but it feels good to have put it out there in the world :)
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