posted on Jul, 28 2005 @ 04:08 AM
Hi guys - this is my first fiction posting and, indeed, my first posting of any form on ATS. This story was one of my first, primitive efforts at
short story writing. I hope you like it.
I See You - Part 1
The eyes had simply … opened. In utter defiance of reason and science and order. They had appeared in the dark of the night sky on the belt of Orion
to a starkly horrified worldwide audience. Down the length of the West African coast to the capitals of Europe, millions awoke to find themselves
being watched by an impossibility. Where the outer two stars had existed on Orion’s Belt since time immemorial, now a pair of eldritch eyes, the
very colour and luminescence of the stars themselves, gazed down upon the Earth and its mutely terrified denizens.
The BBC broadcast live video of the stellar phenomenon into the cities of America, where its people watched with growing horror the lengthening
shadows and darkening skies that heralded the arrival of the star eyes into their own lives. All those who watched the broadcast and especially those
watching not via television, but with upturned faces, marked that the eyes darted this way and that, as though they were straining to behold the
movement of the creatures who lived upon the Earth. Journalists live on the scene remarked on the seeming intelligence that shone from within the eyes
whilst noting, silently, so as not to give voice and form to unspoken fears, the obvious malevolence that radiated from the eyes like an intense
Radio observatories in Chile, Spain, Australia and within Russian submarines in the Atlantic Ocean confirmed that the exterior stars framing Orion’s
Belt were gone, replaced by the impossible physicality of the star-spun eyes. Television studios rushed to recruit astronomers to explain to the
viewers at home exactly where in the infinite vastness of space the constellation of Orion lay. Armed with the latest in 3D computer graphics, an
assortment of science types explained how, based upon the distance of Orion from Earth and the apparent size of the eyes in Earth’s skies, the eyes
were each believed to have a diameter roughly twice that of our solar system. The computer models showed an Earth the size of a pinpoint poised
helplessly next to a pair of eyes whose sheer size was far beyond the comprehension of any human.
In the face of this revelation, the newly elected Pope’s calls for calm became alienated amongst the more popular assertions from radical religious
groups that Satan had been freed from his thousand-year imprisonment and that, consequently, the Apocalypse was at last at hand. A few optimistic
souls suggested that perhaps the eyes were those of God Himself, but this reasoning was neither widely accepted nor inherently more cheerful. If it
was God, observers noted, He looked mighty angry.
Even as debate concerning the nature of the eyes raged among scholarly circles, riots festered across the globe as the fear and the anger generated by
the continual reality of the eye’s presence was directed at the mechanisms of society, impotent as it was to harm or even touch the star-cold gaze
of the eyes themselves. Oddly enough, reactions were most violent in those societies which held themselves up before the world as beacons of
scientific prosperity: the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan and Australia. Less technologically advanced cultures, perhaps vesting their
trust in faith rather than reason, were noticeably more accepting of whatever fate had in store for them.