Three Line Tales: The End

This story in three lines is inspired by the photo below. The prompt is from Sonya’s Three Line Tales challenge.

Photo ©Samuel Zeller


“We’ll have a tremendous view,” he said trying to smile. “We’re lucky they can predict exactly when it’ll start.”

“Lucky?” She pushed away her coffee untouched.

“Lucky would be if they’d had the sense to prevent the Apocalypse, not predict it.”


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

36 thoughts on “Three Line Tales: The End”

  1. Ooh, wonderfully dark and chilling tale, told with beautiful brevity. I saw the dystopian possibilities too, in fact our stories could be companion pieces – yours before the fall, mine several decades after.
    Lovely stuffy, Jane

    1. I’ve just read your story, Lynne. It is a sort of sequel. I don’t know which is worse—the world stumbling on behind distorting mirrors and screens, or the utter, absolute end.

      1. Good question and it depends on your viewpoint, I think. Your characters (and my ‘Dad’) will think it’s worse stumbling on after, because they knew the world before it fell. But my daughter character is more interested in the delights of the dessert menu. As long as life can continue with some semblance of civility, many of us won’t care so much what has been lost. Do most people really mourn the loss of previous civilisations? No, they just get up in the morning, make coffee and get on with their day.

      2. You’re right. And that’s how it’s always been. I don’t imagine many Ancient Egyptians lost much sleep over what happened to the Sumerians.

      3. Sounds cosy 🙂 Probably about time we moved over and let another species have a go. Reptiles have dominated in the past – recently, it’s been mammals. Could well be insects next.

      4. Yes, that’s what I thought – your two tales would go rather well together. If I ever compile a TLT anthology, they will be on adjacent pages 🙂

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