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Fairly Liquid

For The Vocal Just A Minute Challenge

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 2 min read

On The Road

Crossing the road they saw a white Toyota bearing down on them looking like a Star Wars Stormtrooper's helmet on wheels, so they moved a little more quickly to get on to the far pavement. As they hit the pavement they felt they had stepped into something that some animal had deposited.

They looked down and were shocked when they saw they were sinking into the pavement, and they were sinking quickly. They screamed for help, but looked around and saw the white Toyota sinking into the road and others sinking into the pavements and tarmac.

This was happening quickly, after thirty seconds they were buried in the pavement. The cars and buildings took a little longer.

There was no escape.

Some tried to climb trees and mountains, but the trees sank as well, and the mountains dissolved just like the earth that they were part of.

Everything stopped, there was no time to do anything.

Aeroplane crews and passengers watched as the planet dissolved and boiled below them and all of a sudden there was no atmosphere to support them and they fell into the swirling maelstrom of destruction below them.

The manned space stations suffered the same fate, and the orbiting satellites became part of the ball of seething gas and horror that had once been the Earth.

This was not Armageddon or The Apocalypse, there were no Four Horsemen, this was just The End, and it had taken less than sixty seconds. This was more devastating than any nuclear war and there was no escape.

All those bunkers went down with everything else, there could be no survivors.

Humanity was gone, destroyed by humans.

In The Laboratory

Two scientists panicking. They had been working on a product to make opencast mining easier by changing the form of solid ground into a liquid. It was meant to just work in a small defined area and was meant to be containable.

It wasn't, and not only that, it had taken seconds to spread across the globe. Oceans were sinking into the core, and every city was sinking into the liquid surface.

SC1: "I thought you said that this was completely safe and controllable"

SC2 :"I said it was probably safe and controllable, this was just a test"

SC1: "This is destroying the planet so fast we don't have time to do anything"

They looked in horror as the floor of the laboratory melted and they started sinking as the roof and walls of the laboratory fell in and buried them.

Once their device had been activated The Earth lasted less than a minute for it to collapse and implode taking all life with it.

The solar system had one less planet, and the moon had nothing to orbit and so spun off into space toward the Sun. Every planet's orbit was affected, but there was now no life left in this little part of the Milky Way.

A minute may not seem long, but it was enough time for incompetence to murder a planet.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Whoaaaaaa I would love to watch this as a movie!! It'll be the best movie ever for me! Gosh this was so brilliant!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    And there we have it. It happened in only 60 seconds in your story, but in very real ways, we are arriving at a time in which humans expend just "enough time for incompetence to murder a planet". Coffee anyone?

  • R.R. Michaelsabout a month ago

    A wonderfully original way for the world to end. Well done!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Horrific and wonderfully written!!! Loving it!!!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Nicely done! I like the lesson at the end.

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Best fiction on 60 seconds, I am getting winning vibes. Congratulations.

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