Sign of the End of Times


This is my entry in the Trifecta weekend challenge:  “For the weekend challenge, we’re playing the ambiguity card again and leaving interpretation up to you.  Give us 33-333 words with this as your inspiration:  The world will end in three days.”

If you want to try it yourself, join the fun.  You can get to the Trifecta website by clicking on the tricycle picture.


44 thoughts on “Sign of the End of Times

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 8:18 AM

      It makes me nervous when they do their work without me nagging, er, asking. Creepy 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Steven!

  1. GodGirl July 7, 2012 / 3:22 AM

    Haha, love this! I like the cynicism that makes it such a funny, surprise ending 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 8:19 AM

      I’m glad you liked it, God Girl. The prompt was perfect for a depressing piece, but I couldn’t go there 🙂

  2. Debbie July 7, 2012 / 7:27 AM

    Nice writing, Janna, especially the ironic ending!

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 8:20 AM

      Thanks, Debbie! I appreciate you stopping by to read it.

  3. whimsygizmo July 7, 2012 / 8:56 AM

    Haha! What a fun take! I have kids, so boy do I get this! 🙂 Wonderful!

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:31 PM

      Thanks for reading, Whimsygizmo. I get uneasy when they do stuff without me telling them 🙂

  4. pattisj July 7, 2012 / 9:42 AM

    LOL Yay for kids doing chores unbidden and creating fodder for writing!

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:39 PM

      Yeah, Patti, it’s great they got things done, but it kinda freaks me out a little. They must be up to something. (Paranoid? Me? Nah!)

  5. Tessa July 7, 2012 / 10:46 AM

    Loved this take on the prompt, especially the kids doing their chores without being asked. 🙂 I think I would wonder about the world ending or a blizzard in July. Like that is going to happen with all this heat LOL!

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:40 PM

      Thanks, Tessa. Glad you stopped by. A blizzard would be nice, but we don’t even get that in the winter!

  6. newwhitebear July 7, 2012 / 1:18 PM

    It’s a catastrophic poetry. It seems a knell.

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:40 PM

      I appreciate you taking time to read the poem, Newwhitebear!

  7. judithhb July 7, 2012 / 2:12 PM

    Well done Janna. I love the way we each have a different take on the prompt. As you say, it could have been depressing buy hey, kids doing chores without being reminded!

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:41 PM

      Glad you stopped by, Judith. I liked your story, as well 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:42 PM

      Thanks, Kelly! They usually don’t do work until I nag them several times.

  8. Sandra July 7, 2012 / 10:26 PM

    Haha! I love this! Thanks for making me chuckle. What a way to surprise Mommy, eh? Nice response to the prompt!

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:43 PM

      Glad you were amused, Sandra! They make me nervous when they do work on their own. Maybe they’re about to ask for extra allowance? Or maybe the world is ending in two days 😉

  9. Trifecta (@trifectawriting) July 7, 2012 / 10:40 PM

    Ha, loved the twist. Cute take on the prompt. Thanks for linking up. Come on back Monday for the new challenge.

    • jannatwrites July 7, 2012 / 11:44 PM

      Thanks for reading and providing the fun challenge prompts.

    • jannatwrites July 8, 2012 / 12:12 AM

      Yeah, I can’t even fall asleep now 😉 (Only kidding, of course. I could sleep standing on my head if I had to.)

  10. Renada Styles July 8, 2012 / 7:08 AM

    haha, that would be the sign of the world ending!

    • jannatwrites July 8, 2012 / 8:17 AM

      Yep, we have to watch out for that 🙂 Glad you stopped by, Renada.

  11. Tara R. July 8, 2012 / 9:28 AM

    My son doing his homework unprompted, would signal the end to me.

  12. Libby July 8, 2012 / 11:24 AM

    LOL! That was great. You should put that on Twitter. #SignsOfThe Apocalypse Kids Doing Chores For No Reason

    • jannatwrites July 8, 2012 / 1:56 PM

      That would be a good idea…except I have no idea how Twitter works. I just got a smart phone a couple months ago. Baby steps 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Libby!

  13. brenda w July 8, 2012 / 11:43 AM

    What, with no threats? Priceless.

    • jannatwrites July 8, 2012 / 1:59 PM

      It’s weird, Brenda! Today, my oldest volunteered to go to the grocery store with me today. AND, he helped load the bags in the car without me asking. (I’m the one that dropped the milk on the ground, though :()

      It’s a shame it’s all gonna end just when it starts getting good 😆

  14. jesterqueen (@jesterqueen) July 8, 2012 / 7:15 PM

    Oh what a funny twist! I expected it to get all depressing. And I was totally waiting to see what happened with the cult and the end of the world. This was much more fun!

    • jannatwrites July 8, 2012 / 8:39 PM

      Glad you enjoyed it, Jester Queen. I did go down the depressing path first, but it wasn’t working for me on this one 🙂

  15. The Gal Herself July 8, 2012 / 8:24 PM

    This is cute. Very original and, in its way, full of hope. Great photo, too!

    • jannatwrites July 8, 2012 / 8:41 PM

      Thanks for reading, Gal. It took me longer to get the photo the way I envisioned than it took to write the poem!

  16. Eric Alagan July 10, 2012 / 6:28 AM

    LOL – that is scary. What will the kids do next – I dread 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 10, 2012 / 5:38 PM

      I’m watching them carefully, Eric! Really though, they’re back to ‘normal’. I asked them three times to put their backpacks away when they got home this afternoon. The world goes on 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2012 / 9:16 PM

      Thanks, Phil. Glad you liked the ending 🙂

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