30 Stories in 30 Days #6 – “Prophets”



Matt walked along with the other morning commuters leaving the subway station rubbing his jaw.  I probably should call Doctor Cantando, he thought.  I really don’t want another root canal.

He glanced up and saw an attractive, college aged woman standing on the sidewalk about ten feet from him.  She saw him and smiled.  A knee-jerk reaction made Matt smile back.  Then he saw the fliers in her hand.

She held one out to him and said, “Here’s our prediction about the end of the world.”

With a forced smile and clenched teeth, Matt replied, “Thanks,” as he grabbed the flier.  Idiot, he screamed inside his head, never make eye contact.

Walking away he shook his head and muttered, “What the hell is this crap?”

The flier read, “The Dixon Area Skeptics predict the world WILL NOT end on July 1, 2011.  We base this on what we observe in reality.  And unlike those phony prophets who backtrack and try to weasel their way out when their predictions fail, we will stand by ours.” At the bottom of the page was a web address.

Matt read through it again, then laughed.  He turned around and when the woman saw him he gave her a thumbs up, which made her laugh.

At odd moments for the rest of the morning – despite his toothache – Matt would chuckle, and wonder if he should have a World-Not-Ending Party.

2 Responses to “30 Stories in 30 Days #6 – “Prophets””

  1. A friend had a party over the weekend. It had been a while since most of us had gotten together, so one of the topics that came up was Harold Camping’s predictions. One guy suggested atheist should put up billboards where through some convoluted math from the writings of Carl Sagan we make the prediction that the world would not end on a certain date. It was such a good idea I stole it.

  2. If that were a real-life situation, it would be a chance to say, with complete sincerity, “I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.”

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