Last One In, by Phil Temples
“Hey, buddy! Do you know where we’re going?”
The second one stared back blankly.
“Haven’t a clue,” he said, finally. “You?”
They ran mostly in silence. After a while, hundreds of others had joined in, running behind, ahead, and along side. It was getting harder to keep from colliding with one another.
“Keep it moving!” shouted someone, from a few rows back.
Finally, they arrived at the edge of a cliff.
“Last one in’s a rotten egg!” proclaimed the frontrunner.
Without hesitation, wave after wave of lemmings leapt off the cliff, plunging to their deaths into the angry sea below.
Phil Temples lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, and works as a computer systems administrator at a university. He has published over fifty works of short fiction in print and online journals. Blue Mustang Press recently published Phil’s full-length murder-mystery novel, The Winship Affair. And his new paranormal-horror novel, Helltown Chronicles, has just been accepted by Eternal Press.