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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Three, Earth; Part Eighteen, Disaster, Collected Chapters




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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 127, May 7th, 2017

Chapter One: Yellowstone

The Yellowstone National Park was a place of awesome-beauty, a landscape of surreal contrasts exploding from the living rock, and shifting mountains.

The molten core of the planet burned beneath its thin surface.

The cauldron of liquid rock boiled below the mantle.

In the park, the bubbling waters, and geysers gave the tell. Catastrophe approached.

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Day 128, May 8th, 2017

Chapter Two: Lift

The human scientists only noticed the volcanic activity when the mountains surrounding Yellowstone Park began to lift.

It took the best geologists among to figure it out, and that took years to complete.

Even then, they did not know how vast the problem was.

The volcanologists and geophysicists weighed in, a small cabal of people.

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Day 129, May 9th, 2017

Chapter Three: Rumbling

The wildlife sensed it first; the buffalo, the elk, the wolves, and the bears, they sensed the deep rumbling of the volcano, vibrations so subtle that no human being could perceive it. They sensed the change that was coming even while the finest scientific instruments showed the daily activity as occurring within a normal range.

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Day 130, May 10th, 2018

Chapter Four: The Blast

Every living thing on the planet heard or felt the explosion.

Global chaos followed quick upon the sound waves, with prayers in every language rising up to meet it.

The tallest buildings in every city around the world toppled as the planet jolted, and shifted on its axis.

Every person knew the end had come.

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Day 131, May 11th, 2017

Chapter Five: The Axis

For nearly seven hundred thousand years the pressure grew, seven hundred thousand years since the last eruption.

The pressure of gas and heat building beneath the earth, it was energy the human mind could only comprehend in the abstract.

When the cauldera blew, Earth shifted on its axis and altered its orbit around the sun.

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Day 132, May 12th, 2017

Chapter Six: The Cloud

Thick layers of volcanic ash buried the majority of the North American continent.

Fine particles of pulverized stone, and poisonous gas rose high into the upper atmosphere, circulating around the globe. It blanketed the world, blocking out the light of the sun, plunging the earth into a prolonged night, and winter.

It was the end.

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Day 133, May 13th, 2017

Chapter Seven: The Other Side

The eruption was a crucible, as the eruptions had always been.

Life on earth threaded the eye of the needle, most of it becoming merely another layer of clay.

Only a few thousand people would live through it.

Half of the world perished within days, and most of the rest in the year that followed.

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Section Three, Earth
Part Eighteen, Disaster

Collected Chapters

01 Yellowstone
02 Lift
03 Rumbling
04 The Blast
05 The Axis
06 The Cloud
07 The Other Side

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