It’s 1 AM. The front door swings open and I quickly run up to her. “Allison, good, you’re home.”
“I’m sorry - I got caught up at work and had a bunch of phone calls and I’ve been extremely busy an-” I cut her off
“It’s okay. You’re here now. I just need to talk to you,” I tell her. “Have you heard the news?”
“That the sun is...dying?” She asks. I know by the way she hesitates to say it that she doesn’t believe it.
Then we talk. I sit her down on the couch next to a seemingly frozen Ezra, who stares at the screen. We watch the news. The scientists. The explanations. We sit for hours until the sun creeps its way into the city, not knowing what to do except question ourselves, is this really happening?
I move my burning, bloodshot eyes from the TV screen to look at Ezra for the first time in hours. He fiddles with his cell phone and I can tell that he’s nervous about something.
I’m about to ask him what's wrong, but he sighs as he stands up and walks into his bedroom, slamming the door behind him. I sigh too before I turn to look at Allison, who looks worried and extremely exhausted. I wrap my arm around her shoulders and give her a little squeeze. She looks up at me and, following in the footsteps of Ezra and I, sighs. For the first time in hours she speaks.
“There’s no way in hell I am going to work today.”
In all honesty, who would? Disaster has just struck. This unbelievable and unimaginable catastrophe has just hit the earth in the back of the head saying, “Ha! Let’s see if you can handle this!” No one knows what the outcome will be. There’s much worse to be worried about than a stupid job for one day. My deep thought gets interrupted by a loud and sudden ring, causing me to jump slightly. Allison stands up and puts her phone to her ear.
“Hello?...No I can’t...I’m sorry...Okay...What?...Crimes?...Are you serious?” I listen to what she says on her end of the line. “How much have they gone up?...Okay...Bye.” She sits down and sighs again before looking me in the eyes.
“I don’t exactly know what is going to happen, but it’s going to be a living hell...”