THE BOY WHO WASN'T AND THE GIRL WHO COULDN'T BE
Previously published as 'Reality Sandwich'
There are only six survivors. The catastrophic Event has left the planet a toxic wasteland.
Jerome Cooper and the other five survivors of the apocalypse live like hermits in separate and sealed apartments, never meeting each other in real life. They rely on video-conference technology for all their social interactions. They’re all that’s left of humanity and must be nurtured and kept safe. To venture outside would bring certain death.
The day starts just like any other day. Jerome showers and has breakfast. His friend, Eddie, calls him to check that he’ll be meeting up with the rest of the survivors online later that evening. Eddie’s question is always the same. Jerome’s answer is always the same.
But this day is different. This is the day that he hears a strange noise from his kitchen, a noise that can only mean one thing – giant cockroaches (the only other survivors of the Event) – have somehow invaded his apartment.
Terrified, he nervously edges his way towards the kitchen, not knowing what he’ll do when he gets there. But what he sees cannot possibly exist – he and his friends are the sole human survivors of The Event. Or so he thought.
Is he hallucinating? Does the intruder mean him harm? Jerome has to summon up all his courage to find out.
* Includes explicit scenes