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King of Asides
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The Countdown
    #3649910 - 01/19/05 08:26 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Take it as you will...I found this little story the other night, though I wrote it almost ten years ago now (was it a different world, then?).

The Countdown


"Birds away! Repeat, birds away!"

This is crazy. Are we really launching? Is this for real? This all feels so surreal, as if it wasn't me, wasn't my hand that just pressed that small red button. The station shakes when the missiles launch...I hadn't expected that. Like an earthquake, almost. The forces. The power. How did we come to this?


"Separation complete, re-entry stage begun."

Sixty seconds. Just sixty more seconds, and it will all be over. They cannot counterattack, they have no warheads left. It will be slaughter...unimaginable slaughter. Yet from where I sit...this is nothing more than a cheap video game. Dots moving around on a screen. Little red ones converging on a group of large blue ones. They are so close now...but there's still time to abort.


"Re-entry complete, primary ignition commencing."

There is no turning back, now. The abort button sits unused, locked in its secure little compartment. No turning back from this precipice.


Millions will die, in a flash of heat ten times hotter than the Sun. Most will have no warning. Just a flash...and death.


I. I am responsible for this. For forty million lives. I. I pressed the little red button, not someone else.


How can I have done this? How will I live, knowing what I have caused? Will I tell my children? What will they think of me?


Will God forgive me? Does God know WHY I pressed the little red button? Will I burn for this? Burn for eternity...instead of the brief second that my victims will burn?


I pressed it because I had to. I had no choice. Orders are orders. I was just following orders.


No, I wanted to press it. The little red button beckons to me. The power.


I. I have this power. I have only to tell my finger to push the little red button.


The power is mine. Orders are orders...but I am the one who pressed the button. God will understand.


I understand. It is MY power. God is irrelevant, when I have such power.


"Impact. All warheads detonated."

I am power. I am God.

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Re: The Countdown [Re: trendal]
    #3650837 - 01/19/05 11:41 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

are you an author or columnist? that is very good!


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Re: The Countdown [Re: trendal]
    #3650891 - 01/20/05 12:00 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Thanks Trendal, that was quite thought-provoking.

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Re: The Countdown [Re: SWEDEN]
    #3652535 - 01/20/05 09:08 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Hehe, no no I just enjoy writing for the sake of writing :wink:

Thanks guys :smile:

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