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The third minute ends, and everyone's heart takes a beat.

If it can. For some, the strain is too much. Others were flying, driving, swimming, and are now smears on the landscape.

Everyone else is alive again.

There were no gates. No fires. No waiting virgins, or cycles, or wheels, or reincarnation.

Just black. Absence. Nothing. No feelings, no sensation, no joy, no fear.

But now, three minutes after everyone's heart stopped, they know what waits.

And no matter how hard they pray in stone boxes, worship the planet among the plants, praise someone, anyone's glory, they know.

They know.

Please note that the 100 Word Story Podcast is changing URLS to http://oneadayuntilthedayidie.com/!

Based around Laurence Simon's weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. The player above should have the audio for this week; if it doesn't, you can find the audio here to download.

I am updating these in a podcast feed (dubbed "Radio Free Steven the Nuclear Man" by Laurence). You can subscribe with this link (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Ideatrash) in your podcatcher or phone. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries at the 100 Word Stories podcast site.

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