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Parlax liked to watch the sunrise every morning. He enjoyed the feeling of the sunlight on his skin and loved to hear the birds tweeting every day. His dwelling was not too far from a cliff where he got an excellent view of the sunrise. The cliff emerged from a large forest full of pine trees and towered over everything else nearby.
"Nice morning, isn't it?" his daughter, Eda, would ask. Eda had been killed in the Great Technological Apocalypse of 2037, when the world had been reset to what it used to be like, thousands of years ago. There were hardly any other survivors of the Great Technological Apocalypse as almost everyone had installed an implant into their brain, which had been wiped out. This had led to almost seven billion people being killed and the world being turned into a wilderness. Because of his constant solitude, he liked to imagine Eda in his head.
"Yeah. Shall I make breakfast?" he would reply, before she would say yes and they would walk back to his dwelling, where he would cook roast strawberries with pine needle tea. That was always his breakfast and he loved it.

But today he decided not to imagine Eda. He had had a vision in the night of a strange capsule falling from the stars and he wished to go to the place where he had seen the vision happen. So, after another breakfast of roast strawberries and pine needle tea, he grabbed his rucksack and a large stick that he had used to build his dwelling and walked off. He knew he would probably never come back to his dwelling as, in his vision, he had seen himself go into the capsule and emerge in a new world.

Parlax sat up and found himself in the middle of the pine forest. He could smell the pine trees all around him and could feel the rough soil, littered with old pine needles and other unpleasant rubble. He decided to walk through the forest until he could see the nearby lake and set off, heading at quite a pace.

Suddenly, his path was cut short by a large silver capsule landing a few metres ahead of him. It was a smooth silver spherical capsule, with a glass hatch that allowed Parlax to see the inside of the capsule. Strangely, he could see Eda but she was glitching like a computer screen, sometimes all there and sometimes flickering between reality and death.
"Eda?" he wondered, curious. Eda's unconscious body collapsed to the floor of the forest and Parlax entered the capsule. The hatch closed and the capsule vanished with a flash.

Parlax could see where, in his vision, he had entered the silver capsule. No animals were nearby, thankfully, meaning that Parlax could easily get to where he needed to be. However, just when he had broken into a run, he failed to noticed a tree stump in the floor and tripped, landing on the floor. Then his whole world went dark.

Parlax sat up and found himself in the middle of the pine forest. He could smell the pine trees all around him and could feel the rough soil, littered with old pine needles and other unpleasant rubble. He decided to walk through the forest until he could see the nearby lake and set off, heading at quite a pace.

Suddenly, his path was cut short by a large silver capsule landing a few metres ahead of him. It was a smooth silver spherical capsule, with a glass hatch that allowed Parlax to see the inside of the capsule. Strangely, he could see Eda but she was glitching like a computer screen, sometimes all there and sometimes flickering between reality and death.
"Eda?" he wondered, curious. Eda's unconscious body collapsed to the floor of the forest and Parlax entered the capsule. The hatch closed and the capsule vanished with a flash.

The capsule arrived in the middle of a busy street in some sort of city. Parlax recognised this street as Oxford Street, a place he had been to as a boy. He remembered following his parents through the busy crowds of shoppers, usually buying clothes, books or both. But this version of Regent Street was empty. No shoppers and yet there were empty shops which were still open.
"Is there anyone around?" he wondered aloud.
"LIFE SIGNS REGISTER AS 1. THERE IS ONE HUMAN ON PLANET EARTH." the capsule's computer announced, making Parlax look puzzled.
"Am I the only human left alive?"
"CORRECT."
The capsule vanished, leaving Parlax alone. He then walked off down the road, ready to begin his new life as the only human left on Earth.

THE END