The sky was pink, fading to dusky blue. Cloudless and still. The air was stiflingly hot. They stood among the dust and the debris of the cliff-side and stared out as the sun lowered gradually to the horizon.
They were alone.
They sat on the very edge of the cliff, feet dangling over the edge as if they wouldn’t die if they plummeted to the bottom. They didn’t really mind.
It had been 17 months and 4 days since they had seen another person. Almost a year and a half since they had watched the last breath flow reluctantly out of desperate lungs. That man had watched them, pitied them even though he was the one dying. 17 months and there was not a soul on the earth except for a lone person sat on the cliff edge.
They were so alone.
If they pushed off the cliff side then all trace of human life would be gone from the planet. If they kept up their journey, travelling by foot over land with no destination in mind and eventually died of malnourishment, old age or whatever had killed the others there would be no trace of humans.
It didn’t really seem to matter either way. Humans were gone. Done for. The end.
The planet was already greener, huge tracts of land being reclaimed by the fauna that people had tamed.
It was beautiful and wild and unbelievable. And they were the only one to see it. There was no one to share this glory with.
They breathed in deep, felt the clean air rush through their tired body.
The sun was almost set, stars becoming visible above, shining brighter than ever before now that the lights had gone out. They could make out constellations but could not name them. They wished desperately that they could name them despite having no one to tell.
The sun had fully descended when they finally moved. They stood at the very edge of the cliff, breathed deeply once more. Arms outspread they tilted forward on their toes a little. A little further.
They fell silently to the ocean below. No one to mourn them. No one to see them go.
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