Δευτέρα, 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Phoenix (Last Minute Apocalypse Special) by Dimitris Morakeas

It was on the 21st of December the year 2012 that the world ended. 

The reason wasn’t nuclear war,  the wrath of a god or a second coming, it wasn’t the alien invasion that a small part of the population had hoped for nor a zombie infestation as a slightly larger part wished. The earth certainly didn’t split, so tentacles would emerge and rampage as a fringe part of population had dreamt (a smaller subgroup thought that the tentacles would emerge only at the area of Japan and attack specifically and exclusively female students).

It was the hope and fear of us all that did the trick.

People missed work on that day and so nothing really worked; that surprised some people whose outmost fear was that without them manning their posts the end of all would really come. They stayed home and under the fear of death they saw their lives as never  before, some of them admitted to themselves that their lives sucked and found the courage to abandon their old lives even for few hours before the end of all, some realized for the first time how blessed they were (they knew how happy their lives were before but never truly understood it) and become contend with what they had, some realized the pain that they had spread and some of them were crushed under its weight while others changed (or try to change) their mindset and atone for their sins. There were of course those that ignored the whole thing but those people ignore every think around them and thus manage to stay unimportant in the flow of history.

Then came the 22nd.

As you can understand with all those changes the people were kind of vexed when no one died (actually a number of people died but those deaths were of the expected daily amount), but they were more vexed that now they knew (clearly and beyond any doubt) what they should do with their lives and naturally they were afraid, as it is said, it is easier to die for an idea than to live up to it. Even so a surprisingly high number of people stick to the decisions that they had take the previous day and become examples for the rest.

It was the 23ed day the sun rouse at the expected time. 

And it was the only expected thing that came true that day as the rest of the world was thrown to chaos. At first some people went to their works, some of them went with the intention of quitting, some with the intention of working harder so they could start achieving their new goals. Problems aroused when all those people meet those that thought the world didn’t and shouldn’t change. They weren’t many, but they were people with strong character, used to be obeyed (from now on I will refer to them as the “Shadowmakers”) and thus they forced some of the Illuminated (lets call them that for short reference) back to their old self’s, for a moment it seamed as the nothing would ever change and that the humans would be forced back to the world of numbness. Then the anger erupted. 
it was red and it was hot and it was aimed. Aimed at symbols of power of the old world. Offices were crashed, buildings destroyed to the bring of collapse, centers that spread mindless hate were burned, the fire piles were made with guides that advocated mindless pacifism and accepting. The schools were spared and the churches though some of their priest left them and went to hide for fear of them selves.

24th was soot-black. 

Attacks were mead against military bases and most of them seceded without victims as the soldiers were reluctant of killing their own families. With the aid of higher officials of the army and scientists (in some cashes forced aid) large amounts of mass killing weapons as atomic bombs and biological warfare missiles were buried deep and tones of cement were purred to seal them. 

Volunteering marked the 25th day.

To the surprise of some reporters some station and signals still worked, through them they started organize the teams that would work on jobs that needed doing. Experts were need to be found so stations of electricity would continue to work properly and the cities would still have water. Teams were needed to go to the country side and buy food from the farmers and a thousand other things like cleaning the cities/unblocking the roads, a health system to be established and some kind of order to be put.

Which brought the big question of the 26th day.

Who rules? Some thought that it was to soon to ask that question. Those were unquestionably idiots that should be treated as if they couldn’t tie their own socks. Luckily I didn’t take to long for a solution to rise up. It varied from country to country but it followed those general lines: temporary ruling order with finite time period.

Finally at the 27nd a new world started from scratch.

It did its first steps carefully as a small kid but with a determination only a kid can poses. Mistakes were bound to be made, but it was clear that something had changed deeply in to the hearts of humans.

Ten year later the nations of the earth opened to the public the first fully functional city in the moon proving that marvels could be achieved if only we worked together.

Five years after that, robot miners were sent to the near stars under the surveillance of human technicians.

Twenty years later the Humans learned the absolute truth and even with their new found unified strength it almost destroyed them. Almost were it would be completely.

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