Imagine hitting the pillow at night after saying “I Love You,” to your loved ones (if you have love ones) only to wake up the next morning to find out they never existed. This wasn’t the case for the twenty-four year old, bouncy curly red headed female with blue eyes named Aubrey, and also a twenty-five year old man named Chris with brown hair and eyes. — This is a tale of love, final goodbyes, and the end of the world.

It was mid autumn when the leaves were falling and families were just cleaning up the dining room after a delicious meal put together by the head of the house hold. It was nearing 8:00 p.m. when the announcement came on the speakers on Lake Shore “Finish eating, cleaning, or what have you. Say “I love you” to your loves and head to bed. This is your last chance.” Aubrey, a feisty young twenty four year old with blue yes and bouncy red hair always had to disobey the orders of her leader. Except this time, this time, it was different. This time, she she actually followed the leader’s advice. She washed up from eating dinner – chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and steamed vegetables – one of her favorite dishes. She cleaned the table and headed to the upstairs guest bedroom of where she was staying as she was a drifter. NO family, no friends. Just a drifter.

In another part of Lake Shore, a man named Chris who is brown hair and eyes and full of life always listened to his leaders orders and had a family as well. His wife Carissa was finishing up the dishes when the announcement came on. The children ran upstairs to get ready for their long, resting, and final goodbye from the home they grew up in. Chris and Carissa also did the same. They lied their heads on their pillow and slowly shut their eyes before saying I love to you to each other as well as holding hands.

The countdown started “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…” an explosion off in the distance happened and took everyone with it, except for two people that is. Aubrey the stubborn drifter who had no family and still has no family, and of course, Chris the family man.

The next morning, Chris awoke from what he thought was a vivid and lucid nightmare. He rolls over to his side and realizes that his loving wife Carissa was no longer there, not even her wedding ring. He was puzzled and finally had the urge to check up on the children. Alas, the children were gone as well. At this moment, he felt alone in the world and wondered why he was spared from the blast that was supposed to kill every living human, animal, child, man, and woman. Except it didn’t.

Aubry awakes the next morning to see the sun shining a bit. She wondered if what happened was just a vivid and lucid dream she had about the end of the world. She rises from her bed that she was slumbering in, makes it up in case it was a dream and don’t want to be charged for a dirty room. After tidying up, she wondered down the hall way and realized that something wasn’t quite right. She realized that the landlords who took her in were completely gone. Not even their wedding rings were there. For the first time in a long time, she felt alone and wondered she was spared as well.

Aubrey steps out onto the porch and sees a vast of nothingness except for an empty lake where “Lake Shore” used to be filled with water and fish for the visitors who used to fish there and children who used to swim there. Just a few miles up ahead, she sees a young man and hollers out to him. Not sure if he had heard her or not and not sure if he had heard her thinking it was a hoax, the young man waves to her and starts heading her way and her his way.

The two eventually met up with each other, introduced each other, and pondered why they were spared and no one else was. Not a single family, child, man, woman, or animal was spared but them.

Maybe it was fate that they survived the blast? Maybe it was just a nightmare? Who knows. You be the judge.