I once was a man named Kent Wayne. No one calls me that anymore.
No one calls me anything anymore.
2021 was even worse than 2020. Economic collapse. Civil War. The rise of the Karens.
2022—the end of civilization as we knew it.
We could have survived climate change and the ravages of war, due to the alien technology that was finally made public. But no one had an answer for the Karen Conglomerate. At first they were just a movement, but when a critical mass of them gathered together, a wave of mind-exploding stupidity infected the Earth. Those who were lucky died from an aneurysm. The less fortunate were transformed into she-beasts—slobbering horrors with spindly, demonic limbs. I call them Kerrors (like a cross between Karen and terror). Much like bears, they try to eat you asshole first. Only they laugh raucously as they’re doing it.
I’ve managed to avoid them through stealth and caution, eating from abandoned fridges and deserted supermarkets. Right now I’m foraging for candy in a Seven Eleven, shoving a variety of junk food into a sack.
After this I might be able to make it to Walmart, where I’m pretty sure I can get my hands on some–
And then I hear a single footstep, crunching an empty soda bottle into a crinkly mess. I freeze in place.
I slowly turn around, trying to keep my hands from shaking. The moon shines through the Seven Eleven’s windows, painting everything in sickly pale light.
Oh my God. It’s a fucking Kerror. One of the bigger ones—she must have watched nonstop megachurch back when she was human.
It sniffs and snorts with its eyeless snout, then curls its lips in a predatory grimace. It throws its head back and lets loose with three, nerve-jarring chuffs—AROOK! AROOK! AROOK!—and begins padding toward me. A second later, it’s full-on charging.
Fuck it. No options left. So I open my eReader to Kor’Thank, activating its reality distortion powers. Magic flash.
Quantum energy explodes from the eReader, coalescing into an undulant wave that sweeps the Earth. (if this were a movie, you’d hear wondrous Destiny Music while panning out to a planetary view and showing glittering light enveloping our world). Every Kerror changes to what middle-age ladies are SUPPOSED to be:
Hot-ass soccer moms. OH yeah!
Oh, almost forgot—I’m the only living male left on Earth.
Kent Wayne wins again!
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