Story Scavenger – Last line first #3 - 197 words
They never, ever learn their lesson until it is too late. As it was in their past, so it is in this future. Civilizations rise and then they fall. Some lasted only decades, others lasted centuries. But in the end, they always failed, burning out their greatness with self absorbed cockiness.
In early times, geographical distance insulated one group from another. A society could fail without affecting their neighbors, many thousands of miles away. As time passed and these cultures expanded, the effects of each new collapse had wider ramifications on cultures near and far. Eventually, the planet’s population became so interdependent; a failure on the other side of the globe could and did create death and destruction on this side of the globe.
“Grand Pa, what was it like before the Zombies came?”
Grand Pa finally wrestled his ax out of the head of the zombie on his porch. He set the blood drenched ax head down and leaned on the handle. Wiping his brow, he said, “Well I’ll tell ya young Jeremy. It wasn't so easy telling the good guys from the bad, but at least I did not have to distill my own whiskey.”