The words echoed throughout the apartment as the TV woke to life, illuminating a modestly furnished living room. A lone figure stood a few paces from the screen, unmoving and with a hand firmly clutching at the TV remote.
“Good evening Chicago, I’m Jenine Vaughn,” said a voice.
“And I’m Matthew Carter-Jones, bringing to you the latest breaking news,” said another.
“This just in: Chief of Chicago PD, Valeria Marsh, confirms that at least 26 people have been killed by an explosion believed to have originated from a meteorite that crashed near Lincoln Park’s Diversey Harbor, here in Chicago, at approximately 7:43 this evening.
A blockade order has been enacted, set around Lincoln Park, down North Sheridan Road through Lakeview Road, and across West Fullerton Avenue. Traffic is being diverted from the neighboring streets leading to the blockade, and although no orders of evacuation have been issued, civilians are advised to remain indoors until more information on both the meteorite and the explosion has been collected, and that no further danger has been identified.
Special operative teams have been dispatched to survey the area, and a trauma team from the Saint Joseph Medical Center has also only just arrived at the scene—triage is underway.
Mayor Adamson has been notified of the developments, and his offices have been asked to comment on the situation, but no response has been received by the press. Chicago officials have been trying to contact NASA Administrator, Theodore Frank, inquiring how such a meteorite was missed by U.S. satellites, but there has been no comment from the federal space agency.
The area of impact from the collision has been identified as small, but given the size of the meteorite, experts suspect that something must have slowed its momentum before it made landfall. Whether it broke off from a larger meteor when it entered the upper atmosphere, or there is an unidentified third party in play, is still uncertain.
Matthew, I am just stunned! What do you make of all this?”
“Well, Jenine, I think that the next couple of hours will be critical on how this situation is handled. Everyone is looking to Mayor Adamson right now, and we all hope that he is presently handling the situation. It is worrisome that our top experts believe that something altered the course of this meteorite, and that given its size the area of impact should have been much larger. What changed its course, and will there be any more to follow?
The good news is that the impact to the Chicago area was minimal, and our first responders are doing everything in their power to control the situation.”
“Well, Matthew, I think it is of upmost importance that people remain calm. We currently do not have any reason to believe that the city is in any further danger. Be mindful and responsible, stay indoors, and await further instructions from city officials. All we can—”
“Jenine, I apologize for the interruption, but we are just receiving word that other meteorites have been spotted around the world. Three are projected to land—”
The ground then violently shook, the sudden quake shutting off the power in the apartment and killing the television from continuing its story. The figure suddenly obscured by the darkness within the apartment collapsed onto the floor, sending the TV remote clattering across the room and making the furniture all around it tumble.
A wave of blue light cast brilliance into the apartment from a naked window, revealing a young man with black hair—young enough to be a teenager—writhing on the floor, gasping for air. He grabbed at his bleeding arm in agony, the same aquatic hue seeping from his skin. Just as the young man’s eyes searched for the culprit, while crawling to the window and away from the falling debris, he lost all consciousness.
Alien Invasion x Supernatural x Post-Apocalyptic x Mature
Hello all! I have been itching to write something post-apocalyptic and serious, and I figured I would give this old idea a shot. I am thinking about starting this story at the fall of society, and after a few introductory posts, we can fast-forward as appropriate. I'm open to new ideas, but the gist of it is the arrival of an unidentified alien species—whether they are invading or fleeing is still up in the air—and the curious effects (superpowers, maybe?!) their accompanying meteorites have on human kind.
I'm going to go ahead and jump the gun and say that this will be a mature story, so 18+ in age is a requirement.