posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 02:58 PM
It began so slowly that no-one noticed anything was really happening at all. The date today is November 11, 2012 and, all over the country, parades
were in full swing for Remembrance day. People were randomly hugging vets who, almost instinctively, tried to push them away, rolling their eyes and
laughing. Flags flapped in the stiff breeze around cenotaphs, circles of flowers garnished statues of soldiers standing at ease, helmeted heads
lowered and hands folded over stone rifles pointing downward to the earth. The crowds watching ceremonies in the cities, towns and villages were
sombre for the losses of the past decade and yet smiling since everyone knew the shooting war in Afghanistan had finally ended for their brave
Here and there, you could hear children laughing as they ran through the various parks, waving tiny flags and chasing grey and black squirrels which
were only trying to put a few nuts away for the coming winter.
In the forests, the deer hunt was fully under way and groups of men were returning from their early morning adventures smiling with the bounty they
were able to take. White-tailed deer, in particular, were everywhere, it seemed. The population had exploded from the benefits of preceding mild
winters. There was food aplenty all year round and, as a result, the Ministry of Conservation extended the hunt and increased the number of tags
Sunny skies warmed the fallen leaves with their myriad colours on that morning and the brisk wind wafting over the windrows smelled tangy, yet
pleasantly musty. Overhead could be seen flocks of birds. Geese, ducks and blackbirds in flocks of thousands filled the skies with their noisy
The day was all it should have been, even though tradgedy lingered in the minds of many on such a beautiful day. In cities all over the world, alarmed
newscasters had reported missing children... lots of them. In India and China, Peru and Mexico, Paris and New York City, police were combing
neighbourhoods, ditches, parklands and rivers for hundreds of missing children reports. Parents worriedly watched their youngsters, wherever they
played, with a constant gaze. Everyone had heard the unbelievable accounts of a few parents who had claimed, live on camera and stuttering between
sobs, that little Joey or Maria had just... simply... DISAPPEARED before their astonished eyes!
The first reports had been discounted, of course, but then many more had rolled in. There were even some who claimed that their precious pet had
popped out of existence in a flash of light. Those were few indeed, but it was obvious only the most daring would even make such a claim publicly.
People were getting worried, that was for sure.
November 28, 2012.
Television anchors related the morning statistics in a blue funk. It was never pretty, watching those ashen faced people on screen pointing at various
cities worldwide and tallying up the missing persons reports. The ages of the disappeared children had increased as well and now teens had joined
their swelling ranks. Hundreds of thousands every morning in each major city were said to have vanished into thin air. Beloved dogs and cats gone in
an instant. Zoos agonized over the loss of lions, elephants and all manner of other life. Even certain trees and woody plants suddenly and without
warning popped out of existence.
December 12, 2012.
A chill wind swept dust from empty streets as only a few cars drove through wide city boulevards and over eight lane superhighways. Drivers, mostly
elderly or darn close to it, wore faces of utter defeat and loss. No-one had escaped the heart-ache and Christmas this year would be a distant and
melacholy memory of happier days.
No trucks. No buses. No airplanes... not much of anything moved but the occasional colourful, shiny brand spanking new sedan that ALL the survivers
just took from car lots everywhere. There was, after all, still plenty of gas left in the service stations and grocery shelves were stocked with
non-perishable items. Everyone was a vegetarian these days, though, since fresh meat was nowhere to be found.
December 25, 2012.
I'm alone now. Looking out my window, all I see is bare earth, empty buildings along empty steets. There's no-one to talk to, nothing to see. I'm
so alone I cou