Applause

The actors finish and leave the stage.  There is a smattering of applause from the half-full theater, and the actors just keep walking. In full costume out the back door into the street and home. The applause intensifies in the theater, the audience attempting to call them back, to restart the action of the stage.

They will clap all night, but no one is there to hear them. The stage door stands open to the alley, empty.

Character – 102912

He’s always been a ringleader, ever since he was a kid and he convinced a group of kids that trick-or-treating would be more lucrative in July because other kids wouldn’t be out competing for candy.

(Ed. note – I feel like this is a really dumb idea, but it’s come up a couple of times today, so I’m going to throw it out there and let you tear it apart if you want)

Armageddon

The end of the world is predicted. Go alone? Disbelieve? Party? At the appointed time, the Earth disappears. Everyone left behind in a very non-biblical way. Stuck in space, unable to move, watching the moon, free of our gravity, fall toward the sun.