The beauty of the challenge of writing from a prompt is that I never know what's going to come out. This one turned very different to how I was expecting it to.
It was like seeing Santa Claus in July, in fact, they were seeing Santa Claus in July. A large, white-bearded man in a rented Santa Claus outfit stood at the corner of the street handing out leaflets. They shuffled past, assuming he was advertising some Christmas event way way too early, but a sheet of paper was still shoved into each hand before they could avoid it.
“If this is another thing about me going to hell, I’m setting it on fire. That’s the third time this week.” The leaflet wasn’t even glanced at before Lucy tossed it in a nearby bin but Julie squinted at it in the bright summer sun.
“Nah, you’re not going to hell. The world is ending apparently.”
“Oh ok. Do you know when because I really don’t want to go this meeting tomorrow so any time before 11 is fine by me.”
“Santa seems to think it’ll be on Sunday.” Julie kept reading.
“Yeah. The sun’s going to explode.”
“Of course it is. That’s why Father Christmas is here, doesn’t want us to miss out on the joy of the season.”
Julie shoved the leaflet into her pocket, already bored by the stilted prose and frankly terrible illustrations.
“What would you do if the world really was ending Sunday?”
“I dunno. Spend it with you?” This was accompanied by batting eyes and a wide smile. Julie responded with obnoxiously loud retching noises.
“Ah yes, the love of my life finds my declarations of adoration to be nauseating.”
“Declarations of adoration? Nerd.”
“You love me.”
“Until the end of the world, I guess.”
“That’s not long at all. Bit disappointing.”
Julie grabbed at Lucy’s hand and swung it back and forth. “I’m not disappointing, I’m delightful.”
Lucy laughed and pecked Julie on the cheek before stopping in front of her office.
“Until this evening, my love.”
“Can’t you just say bye like a normal person?”
“Nope. Love you.”
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