A Story for the End of the World
Robert Lopez


Take any two people in the world, so long as they are man and woman.

They can be two men or two women or even two children, as well.

They can be any height or age or ethnicity.

Now take these two people far away from here.

Take them someplace remote, someplace foreign.

What’s left is everyone else.

Now repeat step one, taking any two people in the world, so long as they are man and woman or two men or two women or even two children of any height or age or ethnicity and take them far away from here to someplace remote, foreign.

Keep doing this, taking any two people in the world, so long as they are man and woman or two men or two women or even two children of any height or age or ethnicity and take them far away from here to someplace remote, foreign until everyone in the world has been taken to this far away place that is both remote and foreign.

Do not talk to these two people, be they men or women or children as you take them far away from here to someplace remote and foreign.

They will want to know where it is they’re going, where they’re being taken.

They will want to know why this is happening.

They will want to know what they’ve done.

Should you make the mistake of conversation speak only of your best friend Teddy and how he said it was a free-for-all the last time you spoke and of course you believed him because you always believe whatever Teddy tells you and this business with the free-for-all is no different.



Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River and a collection of short fiction, Asunder.