Scheduling Conflicts

Avatar Author: Mayra I'm a Pre-Law/History student from Puerto Rico. I own about ten Moleskines and I only use Pilot pens. I'm convinced I was born about seventy years after I should have and I'm a firm believer in the (future) existence of t... Read Bio

Yesterday, I found out my sister’s wedding coincides with the apocalypse.

I’ve known about the apocalypse for months now—in fact, I was discussing it with my boss when the mail arrived. Sorting through it, I found a cream-colored, rice paper envelope with my sister and her fiancé’s initials embossed in the front. The ceremony will take place on July 25 at 2 p.m. in St. Patrick’s. The apocalypse, in turn, is supposed to happen at the Meer (or rather, under it) at 2:29.

Now, I’ve never been one for weddings. I can’t walk in heels and I don’t own a single dress. Fighting evil (in boots) has always been my forte. Besides, saving the world takes an incredible amount of time and effort, and I am absolutely instrumental in its success. None of my co-workers can execute the East Arabian hex that we need to stop the forces of evil from breaking into our dimension. And I can’t very well be expected to sacrifice a goat in my bridesmaid’s dress and then dance at the Waldorf-Astoria…

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  1. Avatar jesteram

    I love the tone here. It’s very Buffy—not to say it’s derivative. Sounds like our hero can duck out at the reception and save the world.

    Suggestion: The line that includes “months and even years” is a bit clunky. Also, the speaker mentions knowing about the apocalypse only for months—though I suppose others could have been putting in the work.

    This opening could launch a fun story.

  2. Avatar Mayra

    Thanks for the critique! I’ll take it all into consideration.

  3. Avatar Spiderj

    It is kind of Whedonesque even though it’s completely lacking in trademark dialogue.

    I like the casual reference to the boss, which immediately sets up the potential of a hierarchy fighting off evil. And that’s supported by the reference to co-workers later on.

    It’s odd in a way because the title and the intial set up suggest that this is really a joke about trying to juggle two different lives but it manages to include enough detail to suggest it’s an actual event in a bigger story. And that’s a good thing.

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Great opening. Had me hooked right away. I also thought you did a nice job getting the story elements across in the context of her semi-rambling train of thought about the situation.

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