You have 4 free member-only stories remaining for the month. Subscribe now for unlimited access

The Horizon Burned

A man on a beach stared out at the end of time

Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

The horizon burned.

A bright orange from deep red embers.

For just a moment, I believed it was a sunrise or sunset.

A chance encounter with a beautiful artefact of a natural process.

Something I missed more than I caught.

If I were a fisher sustained by those flames, I would have starved long ago.

No, I was an astronomer, alive in the darkest hours.

Stuck inside, studying the stars.

Flames far, far away.

Turbulent and bright.

But safe, unlike these flames.

These that rushed at me, unraveling the world as they sped.

Too fast for me to outrun.

One —


If you liked this, try Lady and the Bear, my most popular story on Simily.


This story is part of a playful exercise to write every time I feel inspired by Unsplash Instant.

Every new tab shares a beautiful and arresting image, nearly every time it triggers a feeling and with it a fragment of a story.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are the hundred I managed to share. No publications, no perfecting. Just a piece of a story thrown into the wind.

Recommended1 Simily SnapPublished in All Stories, Flash Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Sci Fi