“DIGITAL REALM” – CHAPTER I

4:55 AM – U.S. TIME (Eastern Time)

PILOT (Speaking in English) – We will be celebrating the New Year over the Kiribati Island within the next few minutes, Mr. Wilson!

Hearing this announcement coming from his best friend, who is also a pilot, gave Jeremy Wilson the upmost joy and excitement. With his lovely, beautiful wife of 35 years by his side, Eleanor, he pops open a bottle of champagne upon his pearl white private jet as they approach the Kiribati Islands.

JEREMY WILSON – (Turns to Eleanor with a glass of champagne in a position to toast and celebrate) I’ve been waiting to celebrate like this with you for many, many years. Celebrate our love and be one of the first ones to bring in the New Year, a new century for a new chapter in our lives. 

ELEANOR WILSON – (Clangs her glass of champagne with his) Oh Jeremy! I love you with all my heart and hope to last another 35 years with the love of my life. (Smiles and leans her head gently on his shoulder)

A few seconds later Michael, the pilot, comes back just before midnight was to strike in their part of the world to join them for the celebration.

JEREMY WILSON – (Begins to panic and shows a huge concern on his face) Michael?! Shouldn’t you be flying the plane?

MICHAEL (The Pilot) – (Puts up his hand to reassure Jeremy) It’s okay Jeremy. I’ve installed the auto pilot and I’ve tested it numerous times just so I can come back here to celebrate the 22nd century with you!

Jeremy and Eleanor glance at each other with a smile before clanging their champagne glass with Michael’s own personal champagne flavor. Once he takes a sip of his glass, Michael tries to start a quick conversation about his possible retirement after their flight.  Jeremy cuts him off and urges him to just enjoy this last time in the skies before hanging up his pilot license.

JEREMY WILSON – I want us to enjoy this last adventure of travelling through all the times zones as they change over into the 22nd century.  We end the 21st century together, we bring in the 22nd century together!  After this adventure then we can talk more about your retirement.  I promise! (Raises his glass for a request to clang glass with him)

Michael glances down into his champagne glass, glances at Eleanor and looks at Jeremy with a huge smile in agreeing with his request to toast and waiting for their final adventure to end. As they are enjoying each other’s company with laughter and joking around, suddenly the plane starts to strike turbulence.  Michael quickly finishes his drink before heading back to the controls of the plane.  Eleanor leans back on Jeremy holding a champagne glass in one hand and with her free hand started to come up his inner thigh beginning from his knee.

Jeremy stops in the middle of drinking from his glass, looks down and sees his wife’s green eyes looking right up at him with her pearly white teeth showing through her deviant grin. Immediately when their eyes locked Jeremy positioned himself to be able to French kiss his wife just as the New Year/New Century came upon them.  However, the passionate bliss between would quickly dissolve when the jet immediately dropped 1000 feet from entering a void in the airspace.  They both immediately grabbed each other very tightly as the plane dropped, but were able to slowly release each other as the plane was able to catch air once again.

Michael yelled back to reassure them, “It’s okay Mr. and Mrs. Wilson! We just flew through a massive air pocket, but we’re all good now!” As Jeremy took a deep breath as Eleanor still clings to him, a severe lightning storm suddenly rocks the plane back and forth, the wing tips dipping up and down very violently.  The plane shook so violently that anything that was not pinned or strapped down went flying through the cabin.  At one point Jeremy was thrown from his seat, striking his head on a metal object knocking himself unconscious.  Eleanor obviously freaks out and yells to her husband as she struggles to maintain her balance to reach him.  Michael is unaware of what is happening behind him as his main focus is to try to fly out of the storm and contact any towers that can hear him.

Just as Eleanor reaches her husband to wake him up, the plane tilts on its side, which causes her to hit the side of the plane, breaking her lower back from also striking a metal object. At this point both Jeremy and Eleanor are at the mercy of the unstable flight pattern of the jet, but Michael will be the first one to meet his demise.  Several harsh lightning strikes hit the plane, with one coming through the windshield hitting Michael in the head causing it to explode brain matter all over the front of the plane.  With the auto pilot now being off and Michael not at the controls anymore, the plane starts to descend towards the central South Pacific Ocean.  Heavy winds have consumed the cabin of the plane, and the only eye witness to all of this is Eleanor, who is unable to move except her head and hands.

In one last final reach out to Jeremy, she yells as loud as she can to get his attention, but he never does answer her call for help. Almost immediately after she had her final attempt to reach his consciousness, the plane suddenly explodes from several other lightning strikes, which one struck the fuelsaloge.  A massive fireball developed in the sky as it quickly descended to finally plummet into the ocean.  The scarce population that is on the Kiribati Island continues to try to take cover from the sudden electric storm brewing.  Many of the inhabitants were struck down by fierce lightning strikes as they attempted to flee for cover.  Nearly every person was injured either from trying to seek cover or struck directly by lightning, which caused many of them to explode light watermelons or become paralyzed from their spine being severed.

One child, of about eight years old, was able to find cover when his mother tossed him to avoid him being hurt. Unfortunately, the child watched his mother get electrocuted from above and when she finally dropped to the ground, he could see her body smoking like a bar-b-que.  This was so frightening to the child that he could scream from fear, and couldn’t scream for help as if he knew no one would.  Others continued to run around searching for cover that bring them safety, but nearly every person was unsuccessful in doing so.  As the child stays under cover, staring at his deceased mother and hearing chaos all around him, ear piercing crackling and booms just filled the air and the entire island.  Winds began to pick up, blowing heavy wet filled sand everywhere, knocking over any objects that are taller than five feet and brought ocean waters further inland.

This sudden massive storm cell was finally spotted by the International Weather Service satellite flying over Australia. As the numbers and data are still being compiled by the computers, suddenly the same satellite that spotted the massive storm cell goes blank.  No more data could be taken away from that satellite as it becomes immediately dead weight just circling the earth’s atmosphere.  Definitely this would prove to be very deadly and costly as the new target for the massive storm is the Chatham Islands.  By the time the New Zealand Royal Navy was able to get a better fix on the electric storm approaching the Chatham Islands, it was too late.  The Chatham Islands faced the same fate as did the Kiribati Islands just fifteen minutes prior.  The storm continued westward putting the nation of New Zealand at danger, and would soon gather the attention of all those in the South Pacific.

Henry Scott

To be continued…

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