Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Three, Earth; Part Seventeen, Volcano, Collected Chapters

 

 

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Day 120, April 30th, 2017

 

Chapter One: The Last Event

 

Most of the people in the world had no knowledge whatsoever of the threat posed by the Yellowstone volcano.

 

The eruption came without warning.

 

It shook the world, throwing it off its axis.

 

Ash poured into the upper atmosphere, covering the world in a poisonous cloud, hiding the survivors from the face of the sun.

 

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Day 121, May 1st, 2017

 

Chapter Two: 74,000 Years Ago

 

When Jim came to Earth, before the first cataclysm, the human family was small, just a few million people spread out across the globe.

 

After the eruption they were starving.

 

Jim starved with them, through the dark days when the sun was blotted from the sky, when the air was full of ash, and poison.

 

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Day 122, May 2nd, 2017

 

Chapter Three: The Discovery

 

Jim had studied the living planet with tools surpassing the greatest assets of any geophysicist on Earth.

 

He had known about the life cycle of the caldera for millennia.

 

Humans had discovered it only fifty years ago, when the super volcano was found pushing mountains to the sky.

 

The Continuum decided it would do nothing.

 

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Day 123, May 3rd, 2017

 

Chapter Four: The Warnings

 

For those watching the monster volcano, they monitored the changes in a way that was reminiscent of watching a person’s hair grow.

 

There was a deformation of the dome over hundreds of square miles, there were earthquakes, boiling water in lakes and streams, something big happening beneath the surface, but they were inured to it.

 

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Day 124, May 4th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Impending Doom

 

There were documentaries about the volcano, detailing its history, its potential, and the certainty of impending doom. Nevertheless, few people were aware of the danger.

 

Those who knew about it, were forced by statistics to tell themselves “it could happen today, or it could happen in ten thousand years.”

 

Misinformation leaked as the explosion neared.

 

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Day 125, May 5th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Preparations

 

Jim’s plan required the most delicate timing, it was precarious, and it was everything.

 

The volcano buried beneath Yellowstone would destroy human civilization, but it would catalyze the preservation of humanity; a few people would live, but all would be saved through Kathy.

 

The cataclysm would change the Collective forever, the galactic Empire as well.

 

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Day 126, May 6th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Fate

 

There is no fate.

 

Nothing is predetermined, but there are certainties, and statistical inevitabilities. The eruption of volcanoes is among them. Those geological forces cannot be stopped.

 

It could have been mitigated, even used for the advancement of human civilization, but their technology did not develop far enough along.

 

The end of humanity hung there.

 

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Section Three, Earth

Part Seventeen, Volcano

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 The Last Event

02 74,000 Years Ago

03 The Discovery

04 The Warnings

05 Impending Doom

06 Preparations

07 Fate

 

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