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Have you ever wondered why your perfect plans are shattered? Why a seemingly perfect romance ended? Why good luck strikes at strange times? Why life seems like a bunch of meaningless chaos?

There is a very simple answer to all of these questions. We were created by an ancient race of aliens and are nothing but characters in their stories, created to alleviate their boredom.

As soon as they are old enough to write, they are given a computer software program and a manual with only the most basic rules of their writing universe. In order to create a new character, they must collaborate with other aliens to make sure two human parents give birth to a child. This child will be under their control from the moment it is born until the moment it dies.

You are always subject to the whims of your creator. Everything you say, everything you do is controlled by them. Usually, the aliens have jotted down things they want to happen during your lifetime. But some aliens detest this and make random decisions as to where your life will go. This is where chaos comes from.

Our planet is relatively new, but the aliens have become bored with it. The best writers among them have declared that the Earth is a cliché, boring universe. They have decided they want to write in a new, more exciting world, so they have taken a special vote. It was this vote that decided how our world will end.

“Why don’t we let a black hole swallow their planet?”

“Nah, we’ve done that already.”

“What if the Earth spontaneously combusts?”

“That’s way too cliché!”

“Okay, why don’t we knock their planet out of orbit and send it crashing into the sun?”

“That’s a stupid idea.”

“Fine. How about we give all their world leaders bad cases of paranoia and see what happens?”

“Sure. Why not?”

And so, our world will not end with a bang, but with slow decay. Our increasingly paranoid world leaders will declare war on each other and humanity will slowly die out. But, since the aliens lost all interest in us, we have gained something we never had before: free will. It is now up to us to decide our fates—and the fate of our planet.

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julian This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm
OMG, I had the same exact idea!! Not about the world ending part, but about our world being created and run by an alien species with high tech computers. This is so weird!! haha, I guess great minds think alike! But anyway, great piece, and great idea. And yeah, it's really weird how similar our ideas are!!!
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Sept. 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm
I guess so! :)
flyingpinkgiraffes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm
that was a great story, totally loved it!  
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm
Thank you! :)
InsaneKitten said...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I love this idea XD

I'm glad they didn't go with crashing into the sun :D

CarrieAnn13 replied...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm
Thanks for commenting! :)
ItsAshMal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm
What a fun Idea! It's also a bit creepy, and I think it has the potential to be so interesting. Could you do a follow up sort of thing on this, maybe about the aliens or something?
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm
I could do a follow up, but I don't really want to.  This is going to be a stand-alone.  It's just a random idea I had while I was bored at work! :)
ChocoMint said...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Too cool!  I love the symbolism!  You are a great writer.  Ever considered beginning a novel?  =+)
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm
Wow, thanks!  Especially since I didn't insert any symbolism.  And I'm actually writing a novel right now.
dramaqueenxoxo said...
Aug. 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

Wow this is really good.

I like your idea. It's very interesting to see life this way. When I was younger I thought that we were all dolls and we were controlled by aliens, haha.

I laughed when I read this and I rarely laugh when I read. Clever, haha!

CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm
Thank you! :)
Josie_Jo said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Oh, haha. This is interesting. :) I love your writing style. You captured my attention from the beginning. I see nothing wrong with this. Your perspective of the world is very unique.

Great job! You have a lot of writing talent within you.

CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Thank you very much! :)
dancemaniac said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm
soooo clever! i love your dry humorsprinkled throughout the piece...its exciting, creative, and interesting! Keep writing!!
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Thanks for commenting! :)
writerfreak21231 said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm
ONCHOR ONCHOR!!!! Great job!!! :)(:
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm
Thanks!  :)  Did you mean 'encore'?
BreeTayler This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Haha! This is a masterpeice! The theory itself was humorous, but the dry humor that swallowed this passage was completely original! I do believe sarcasm is a writers best friend lol I laughed hard at this one ... Highly creative. And if an idea like this can just pop into your head... I'm jeleous. (never could spell that word) But I LOVED IT, it was terribly entertaining..... And it is now tagged as one of my favorites:)
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm
Wow, thank you very much for favouriting my story!  :)  I'm glad you enjoyed it.
_Zavery_ said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Lol, this is very different. But I love it. I was reading the beginning thinking: Wow, this might be a very well-researched article. But then I read the second paragraph, and I was...surprised. But this is very different and imaginative, five stars!   *****
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