Dystopian / Post Apocalyptic
Date Published: April 22, 2015
WWIV - The Shorts Book 1
Seven short stories from around the world - just before and just after the darkness arrives. From LA to North Korea, an eastern nuclear plant to the Black Hills of South Dakota, Madison, WI to Moscow, and The Netherlands to the White House (bonus chapter).
Each story depicts the same event from different and particular points of view. Each group of people completely unprepared as the next.
Whatever happened, happened. And the reality of the new world they each must exist within is sobering.
A sudden flash of brightness ushered in the complete failure of the power system in the building. In the absolute darkness, Jessica could hear the others labored breathing.
“Everyone stay calm,” Jack commanded. “They’ll be back on in a second.”
The silent wait began and continued until Bill couldn’t take it any longer. “There’s a reasonable explanation for this, right?” he called from his station, hidden from the others by the darkness. “I suppose the building’s grid just had too much to handle with all the heat lately. Everyone’s running their air conditioning. Extra power usage for all the buildings and homes. Right?”
Only silence answered from his partners. Each trying to come up with an explanation that would explain away this situation. Any explanation than the one running through their minds from their colleague, Jim Green.
Jessica pushed her chair away from her desk, the wheels squeaking in the darkness. Carefully she made her way to the large windows on the southeast side of the building, her clicking heels on the linoleum floor the only sound in the room.
Lowering her head, she gave a silent prayer before she dared to peek out at the world surrounding their building. Please, please let there be light.
Opening her green eyes, her gaze fell upon Madison proper encased in a shroud of pitch black. She leaned forward and slightly to the left, hoping beyond all hope to catch a glimpse of the well lit Capitol building, some three blocks up State Street.
A small squeak, a tiny cry escaped her lips as she found nothing but more darkness. Lowering her head, she began to cry in earnest.
“It’s gone,” she said between sobs. “Everything’s gone.” Turning, expecting to see three faces but instead only darkness, she heard them rather than saw them.
“He was right. He was one hundred percent right.” She paused, attempting to collect herself. “Our power is all gone.” Closing her eyes, she allowed the tears to flow freely. “What are we going to do?” she wailed, expecting no answer. Slowly, she slid down the wall until seated on the floor. Clutching her knees, she sobbed further as the men sat eerily silent at their desks.
From The Author:
I write dystopian. It's dark, yet fun to play with.
WWIV – Darkness Descends is my first novella, and the third book in the WWIV series.
I am an author and my pen name is e a lake. The ‘e’ and the ‘a’ mean nothing. So please just call me lake.
Not everything in dystopian writing has to be dark and dreary. I try to create post-apocalyptic situations that will challenge the reader to really believe that the events in my novels could happen.
The best part of my genre? Who needs antagonists when the landscape surrounding my protagonist is so bad. You just have to love this stuff.
My favorites are the usual list of suspects. Orwell, Bradbury, Stephen King, Vince Flynn, and James Patterson.
I'm not all that scary. Father to three, grandfather to three, and married for 30+ years (yes, to the same woman). Just a regular guy.
Be sure to check out my website: http://www.ealake.com
Facebook: - www.facebook.com/ealake5
G+ - google.com/+EALake
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