And on the Last Day

By John Lane

God had programmed another creation, but like previous species, they became inept by not receiving God’s instructions, especially in areas like an inability to hunt boar and cook their meat, which led the entire species to die from starvation, and God’s tears dripped down His face until the Computer was soaked, so God, exhausted from the loss, first used the solar winds to dry the Computer, then rewrote a code for His latest creation by including a free will subroutine into the program, allowing them to make their own decisions, and He named this new file, Homo Sapiens, installed it and typed, “RUN,” then after staring at the blinking cursor for what seemed like an eternity, God pressed the “ENTER” button.

John Lane’s fiction has appeared in 101 Words, Bright Flash Literary Review, Boston Literary Magazine, The Disappointed Housewife, The Drabble, Six Sentences and other venues. John’s fiction has also appeared in several horror anthologies.

John’s story about a tragic playground incident was featured on the Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai: 100 Days, 100 Supernatural Stories podcast.

Member of the Horror Writers Association.

Army and National Guard veteran.