“It’s coming.” He could see the fear in the old man’s eyes as he said this to him.
“What’s coming?” He enquired.
“It. Is. Coming. IT.” The old man gritted his teeth and stressed on every word so that he would get it.
“Huh?” But he didn’t.
“This, this!” The old man said pointing to the sign he was carrying with him.
It read “Doomsday is HERE!”
He smiled, “Oh that.” And carried on.
As he walked away, he could hear the old man trying to call him back and tell him again and again about it. But he was spinning away. Back towards her with the coffee he was carrying for their usual weekend rendezvous.
She immediately started telling him, “This is the world’s way of warning us. The earth is angry with us.”
He looked at the newspaper article that she was pointing out. He shrugged and said, “They just cover more of this stuff in a more spectacular way than before, that’s all.”
“No, more of this has been happening of late.”
“Come on. It always used to happen. Read your history books.”
“I am telling you more of it has been happening in the last few years, months. More than I have seen before.”
“You have not seen it. You are only reading it. They are just writing more about it.”
“That is what you think. But more of it is happening. Here see this article.”
Curious, he looked at it. It outlined just that. How more of it was happening lately.
“Is this their idea of interesting weekend reading?”
He smiled. And picked up his coffee.