Beginnings Blog Fest


Thanks to L G Keltner for this blogfest. Click the pic for a full list of participating blogs.

It's strange, but in the beginning, there was no fear. No panic. No questions. The news glossed over the mysterious objects that appeared from behind the moon. The internet was abuzz with silly memes combining War of the Worlds and cats. The government said nothing.

I didn't pay any attention to it. Coworkers would ask if I'd heard of the strange disks that appeared then disappeared from the NASA images. My cousin claimed to have seen something passing across the face of the moon one night while peering through his cheap telescope. I never saw anything myself. I rarely look at the night sky, and I had no time for TV or internet. I was too busy working two jobs to pay off my useless BA in English. At times I would have been happy for the world to end just so I wouldn't have to worry about my school loans anymore. Besides the government never said anything, no reputable scientist would give a name to the phenomenon, so it couldn't have been real. What was the point of getting worked up about it?

Of course, here I am now, huddled in a bunker in the middle of nowhere Kansas with a guy who always smells like onions (despite not have seen one for more than a month), a woman and her squalling brat who never shuts up, and an old man who doesn't know what year it is much less his name. The world ended. Surprise!

But let me get back to the beginning.

Comments

  1. This was an enjoyable entry. I can sympathize with the frightening school loans! And there's always got to be that one person who always smells like onions.:)

    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. Glad you liked it, and thanks for the blogfest.

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  2. Very cool post!

    The end was just the beginning :)

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  3. I love this beginning, the beginning of the end! I love the voice behind it, I can relate :)

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  4. "...there was no fear" Wow, what a great way to start off! It lets the reader know, there should've been fear. Foreshadowing for what's yet to come... I wrinkled my nose when I read your mc was stuck in a bunker with someone smelling like onions.

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  5. A good friend and former co-worker, who was finishing his 2nd master's degree at the time, said woefully, "I hope Jesus comes before I have to start making student loan payments." Sorta like your character's thoughts above, eh? :-)

    That's a great teaser; intriguing as hell, with a character I could immediately connect with. Nicely done.

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    1. Hahahaha. Me and my cousin (both worrying about student payments) both decided to make this our prayer. ;-P

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  6. I love this post Jennifer! Great job :) And I totally want to read more!

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