The Big Red Button

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Creative Writing, Short Fiction

BIG RED BUTTON

It appeared on the high street on a Wednesday morning; nobody knew where it came from. A red button atop a plain, black box.

Above the button was a sign, upon which, written in bold, red capital letters were these words:

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE PRESS THE BUTTON

Everybody pressed the button.

For many, nothing more happened and their lives continued, albeit with a nagging and unshakeable sense of anticlimax.

Others were not so lucky.

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