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Where Is Everyone?

The ferry had been fitted with the latest technology and the last human operator had retired almost five years ago. The onboard computer ensured the boat ran on time – day after day after day.

Passengers got used to a computerised voice wishing them a good day. Many would say a cheery ‘thank you’ in reply as they disembarked.

The virus that engulfed the globe six months ago annihilated all of Earth’s living creatures in a matter of weeks.

Each day the ferry makes this journey. Its digital captain oblivious of his lack of passengers. His daily, cheery adieu, going unheard.


Photo Prompt © Ted Strutz

A 100-word story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt.

Categories: 100-Word Stories

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A writer of short stories.

37 replies

  1. Fascinating idea. What else will still carry on oblivious once we’re all wiped out? Streetlights will still go on and off, heating and a/c units will keep the air warm or cold….


    1. It’s a mixture of Kryptonite and Vibranium which generate power in the reaction chamber, channelling the energy released by mutual annihilation into a stream of electro-plaza.
      Thanks for your comments Varad.

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