Tuesday, May 03, 2011

And God Said: Fire, not a flood next time.

I write this in the trembling fear that all hope is lost:

Rising from my usual mid-afternoon nap, I peered out of my kitchen window just minutes ago, and there, right outside, was a strange light, an astounding and pervasive brightness. Only after some understandable hesitation I cautiously slipped out the back door and into the yard in utter, jaw dropping amazement. The "brightness" was dazzlingly reflected off the white aluminosity of our garage, and about everything else as far as the eye could see. Only areas apparently somehow sheltered from the as yet undiscovered source of luminescence remained in accustomed mottled dim & drab.

Looking up, what did I see but a firey incandescent ball of light literally hanging, or I don't know, maybe hovering - yeah, definitely hovering - in the sky well above the horizon. I was terrified! I could feel heat emanating from it. Nearly blinded, I covered my eyes and reverted my gaze downward in a desparate attempt to regain my sight. I wheeled around only to discover atop the still soddened grass at my feet what appeared to be the blackened image of my rotundity. I could only surmize it to be the ash from my incineration effected by the now hated molten orb. I sprinted back into the house despite my decrepit knees, screaming, the ash staying with me step for fearful step. As I ran I also noticed that much of the sky had taken on what I could only describe as an evil blueness in place of the usual, natural and comforting dark gray. I quickly returned to the relative safety of my basement lair yelling to my wife, Jo as I descended the stair, that she should follow me post haste, but to perhaps grab a couple of beers and a bag of chips on her way.

In my life I have heard stories of such horrors as this - of strange lights in the skies, of evil lurking in the heavens - but always dismissed them as myth, a terrible fantasy - akin to stories of Rob Schneider winning an Oscar. The world must be coming to a hellish end. What else could it be? I'm comin' home mama!


Anonymous said...

It's 23rd May now - the day of rupture has passed and no news from you, Terry S. Does technology work where you are? what can you report, how have things worked out. Did you have enough chips? Is Chris H there?

These words from deep in a fiery ravine where I've been trapped for the last 127 hours. I can't move because my hand is trapped, somewhat ironically it has to be said, by a large bookcase that fell with me when my sitting-room opened up beneath my feet in what my geologists friends call rentassunderification. I can see, but not move, such gems as The Blind Watchmaker and On The Origin of Species.

All I have is my SonyCam and Leatherman pocket-knife and a strong sense of déjà vu. Can nothing good (or profitable) come of this? Could be crapture time. Roger Y.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Terrifying experience, Terry. Glad you made it out safely with the beer & chips, but Jameson would have been a smarter move. Remember, In Jameson Veritas!

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