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Geological thriller/horror

“DIGITAL REALM” – CHAPTER II

05:30 EST – Washington, D.C.

White House Chief of Staff, Byron Withers, and National Security Advisor, Eleanor Holmes, make their quick walk together towards the Oval Office where they await the president’s arrival.  With only a few minutes to waste, they try to strategize on how they will inform the president of what is going on.

BYRON WITHERS: So how do you want to play this?

ELEANOR HOLMES: Play?  Unfortunately, we’re not playing anything right now except to inform the president of what is occurring over the South Pacific.

BYRON WITHERS: What you going to say to her when she comes in?

ELEANOR HOLMES: Okay, Byron.  What or how do you oppose we present this to madam president?  Please, educate me on how you plan on twisting the information of what is really going on?

BYRON WITHERS: I said nothing of twisting or even lying to her.  Just simply want to know your opening statements on the briefing (as he moves inches closer to her where he can just smell the scent of her body wash).

ELEANOR HOLMES: (Allows him to invade her space for only a brief second before shoving her leather portfolio into his crotch with firm pressure) not today and not ever Byron.

BYRON WITHERS: (Slowly backs up as he giggles and looks down at her aggressive gesture) you know you ain’t right Eleanor.  What’s the change of heart?

ELEANOR HOLMES: As I mentioned before and I’ll mention it again.  I’m married and that was a mistake that I do not intend to repeat.  Just let it go and let it remain in the past where it belongs.

Just as Eleanor finishes her lecture to Byron, Madam President, Nicole Black, enters the Oval Office with Eleanor and Byron being the first two staff members in her office.  She gives them a good morning as she walks passes them and immediately to her desk.  President Black takes a seat in her expensive leather chair and waits for the remainder of the participants of the national security briefing.  Eleanor and Byron take their seats as others begin to come into the office for the meeting.  Everyone was in place and the meeting began with Eleanor handing madam president a summary report of what is taking place around the world, including the South Pacific.

Like all other previous meetings, everyone speaks their professional opinion and attempt to come up with solutions as they make their way down the list, except for the last one.  When Nicole reaches the last topic of the meeting, she wrinkles her face and pauses for a minute.  A nervous silence comes over the meeting aura with everyone glancing at each other wondering what is going to be her first words.  Then silence breaks when madam president seemed to have gathered her thoughts and temperament.

MADAM PRESIDENT: Eleanor?  Are you trying to explain to me that a storm over the South Pacific could threaten our national security?

ELEANOR HOLMES: Yes, madam president.  You need to know that the International Weather Service has been monitoring this storm cell since about forty-five minutes ago.  They’re unable to determine how the storm was formed or where how big it will be, but you must know that the island of Kiribati can’t be seen on the map.

MADAM PRESIDENT: Okay, well maybe this storm is just that thick that satellites can’t see through to the earth’s surface.  That still doesn’t really explain to me how this storm is pertinent to us on the mainland, unless Hawaii is in some major danger?

BYRON WITHERS: The storm is growing and will be over parts of Australia and Antarctica.  From what we can gather at this time is that this storm is mostly electrical and all communication to that area has been severed, which means tracking the storm from the ocean will be much more difficult.

MADAM PRESIDENT: Well, keep me informed on the data and alert our forces in the region to be aware and prepare for hurricane style winds.

ELEANOR HOLMES: Yes, madam president.  I’ll get right on it and relay the message.  Anything else?

MADAM PRESIDENT: That should be all.  (Motions with her hands that everyone can leave except for Eleanor) Eleanor I need you to stay for another minute.  (Waits for the office door to close with just them behind.  She stands out of her chair and walks over to Eleanor).  How are you doing?

ELEANOR HOLMES: What do you mean?

MADAM PRESIDENT: You know exactly what I mean.  When I walked in I could sense the awkwardness or personal connection between you and Byron. (Eleanor just stares at her boss).  Your husband doesn’t know about you and Byron does he?

ELEANOR HOLMES: With all do respect madam president I’d like to keep it that way, and whatever happened between Byron and I in the past.

MADAM PRESIDENT: You don’t want to talk about it; I understand, but I need to make sure you two can work together without any hesitation.  This storm cell looming over the South Pacific can very well be a problem that we haven’t seen in our lifetime.  Tensions are rising in the Middle East where another conflict could be on the rise.  I need to make sure I can count on you and Byron to work through anything and put your personal feelings aside.

ELEANOR HOLMES: Yes, madam president.  You can count on me and know that I will be there when you need me and never let you down.

Nicole gives Eleanor a smile and makes a gesture that she can go and continue with her daily duties.  Eleanor walks out of the office and glances down the hallway and sees Byron standing there with his hands in his pockets.  Both of their eyes lock for a few seconds before Eleanor walks away and disappears around the corner.  Byron stands there in silence for another few seconds before turning around and heading to his office.  Just before he enters the privacy behind his dark cherry door, he stops and watches one of the televisions located just outside his office.  The scroll going across the bottom of the IWS channel alerts the citizens of Australia and Fiji to prepare for the incoming storm that will make landfall at 06:00.  Byron shakes his head, sucks his teeth and rubs his chin before going into his office and closes the door.  Byron just missed witnessing the reporter being blown overboard on one of the Australian naval ships and the news feed being disconnected.  Screen turns to snow and then to the color bars.

Henry Scott

“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…

“DIGITAL REALM” – INTRO

INTRODUCTION

For the past one hundred years, during the twenty-first century, the world has gone through numerous geographical and atmospheric changes. Many experts in the field of science, including prominent meteorologists, have warned the world many times over about ‘Global Warming’ and how our seasons and weather will be affected in the coming future.  Thousands, even millions of people, worldwide prepared themselves for what is the unknown, our future on this planet and how life will be in the next century.  Well, very soon other world events that occur will consume time, money and energy, both humanistic and natural, to where many cries about the atmospheric changes would go unnoticed and forgotten.  Many skirmishes and conflicts would erupt throughout the years, but one particular incident out of a global fight occurred that got everyone’s attention.  During the mid-twenty-first century the North and South Koreans were on the verge of re-igniting the stalemate and ghosts of the Korean War.  Tensions between the two nations were so thick and so high that everyone stayed glued to the news awaiting for the first shots to be heard.  Soon, many would get their wish when the North Korean’s conducted a flight test of their newest ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile), which was supposed to land out in the sea away from any population.  However, against all stern warnings from the United Nation’s, United States, South Korea and even North Korea’s ally, China, the missile test was conducted and became the catalyst to the re-ignition of the Korean War.

The missile was halfway through its flight when it began to malfunction, switched flight path and entered the Japanese Air Space. Many witnesses saw this white-yellow streak overhead and frightened most of the Japanese population, who saw Hiroshima and Nagasaki happening all over again.  Once the missile’s flight path was known to be heading out into the Pacific Ocean, a United States nuclear submarine was near the area of the flight path and was ordered to destroy the ICBM in mid-flight.  As impossible as this task was to complete, the mission was completed when an enormous fireball was seen high in the atmosphere for many miles around.  For so many years after that incident, no one ever knew for sure if the missile indeed malfunctioned or that story was made as a cover up for the true intentions of the North Korean government.  Whichever side you decided or found yourself joining, many victims of the Korean War – Part II will not be able to voice their opinion on the subject matter or share their story.  Another thing that eluded many international investigators was one of many unanswered questions as to what was the missile carrying in its warhead.  Hearing the accounts from many survivors and witnesses to the explosion year’s earlier, all expressed the same thing from their vantage point of seeing a blue mist slowly spread through the sky in all directions.  Many scientific flights were conducted in the area where the missile was destroyed and in a circumference of 100 miles.  No results were found or they became inconclusive.

Korean War – Part II lasted for a gruesome three years before the North Korean government and their shaky stability collapsed due to the strains and stresses of war.  During those years of fighting many lives were lost, but the secluded world of North Korea was no longer there and open for the entire world to see.  Reconstruction would take years to complete, but that was a small price to pay compared to what this conflict costs in the long run.  As the latter half of the century continued, many wanted this twenty-first century to come to an end and start fresh into the twenty-second century.  Although many people will not be around to witness the changing of time, several time capsules were buried to only be shared with friends and family left behind.  While the latter half of the century does not see any more worldwide conflicts, the weather system has been slowly changing, which once again became noticeable when a snowstorm landed in the Samoa’s.  More strange phenomenon began to happen when the state of Arizona reported having temperatures dropping below zero on a consistent basis during the months of September to January.  The East Coast began to see and experience more earthquakes, random tornados and enormous size hurricanes that scientist had issues trying to predict.  Thunderstorms became more and more violent, which made fire safety a top priority for several people since firestorms would breakout due to extremely intense lightning strikes.  The global weather pattern was changing before your eyes and everyone kept hoping that this is just Mother Nature taking its course to readjust.  That was naive thinking at its best.

Within the last ten years of the twenty-first century things with the weather really became abrupt and deadly. The storms were so bad that buildings could not be built any taller than thirty stories, which became law in many states.  The IWS (International Weather Service) was formed to collaborate all weather models into one system and to discover how to better predict the ever changing atmosphere.  This would soon become a task much bigger than anyone anticipated as much more extreme conditions were on the horizon, but this time they wouldn’t see it coming until it was already happening.

“No matter how hard you try; man is not the Almighty God!” – unknown source.

(Digital Realm: Part I – Coming Soon)

Henry Scott