The Last Jihad

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“Allah be praised – death to all future infidels.

This video shall serve to be the last images of me prior to my entry into paradise, I having traveled into the future to strike a final blow against Crusaders and Zionists, wiping them from the face of the earth.

Due to the obtaining of two new technologies from the West, one being a device that allows chronological forward movement in time, and the second being a device that demolecularizes nonbelievers while leaving The Faithful unmolested, I am now entered into the final stage of the last jihad. Exactly 100 years in the future, all infidels will die.

I bid you farewell, my family. I will see you in paradise."

The screen went blank and the lights came up.

The Director studied for a moment, then said, “You sold him a time machine and a bomb that targets non-muslims?”

The agents murmered afirmation. One added, “Bomb being the operative word, Director.”

“Shows how desperate they are though,” mused another.

Somewhere, an explosion went off.

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  1. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    I feel like I need reassuring that this isn’t actually possible now!

    Very well written, and the last few lines really made it – thrilling, morally ambiguous and intellectually stimulating – the thinking theologist’s ficlet eh? MH :)

  2. Avatar g²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    That’s… more than slightly terrifying.

    Only nitpick: if the italicized paragraphs are all one speaker, you don’t need the end ones at the end of each paragraph, just on the last one.

    Definitely liking it… scary, and vaguely realistic, as hell, though.

  3. Avatar Bob Liddil

    “Only nitpick: if the italicized paragraphs are all one speaker, you don’t need the end ones at the end of each paragraph, just on the last one.”

    Removed all quotes except top left (P1) and bottom right (P4)

    Is that correct or does each paragraph begin with quote bot only P4 have end quote?

    I have trouble with this and semicolons.

    Grammar vexes me sorely.

  4. Avatar g²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    Each paragraph would begin with a quotation mark. And semicolons are tough to wrestle with sometimes, no worries there.

  5. Avatar The Silence [All By Myself] {LoA}

    Wow.. I incorporated time travel terrorism into my story too. Greatly executed, the end was funny! Great minds think alike? ;D

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