by Tree Elven
Smashwords edition, copyright 2012
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Illustration – Lance Tooks
Cover design: Tatiana Vila
Esmeralda woke with a start, green eyes stretched wide and a hand clutched tightly round her stomach.
It must be Doomsday, she thought, and what a lot I've left undone. Next came a split second of overwhelming relief as she realised that if it was Doomsday, that meant it was all over, there was no more effort to be made. She could float up to the pastel-shaded sky and hang there, shedding slivers of guilt over unfulfilled promises, good but weak intentions.
In fact, as she worked out after a few moments, it was quiet because she was in her parents' home outside London instead of in her Madrid attic, and it was Doomsday because she was meeting Gregory for lunch. After going downstairs to convince herself that she hadn't slept through the precious lunch date and into the following day, she went back to bed and, eventually, to sleep.
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“I can't eat all that!” she exclaimed a few hours later as her mother piled cheese omelette and ham onto her breakfast plate.