The Ancient Future

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    There was once a time before recorded events that one's imagination was the only reality. A left over from our prehistorlc past that lived in the shadows and the twilight of our current time. This story is about such a time.
    The wind blew over the ocean sand. The sea swelled up and swallowed the beach. The hurricane was in all its glory. Battering the eastern seaboard of the United States. Jeff Michaels and Cynthia Patrick were paid to follow its track and for forecast its devastion. " So when is this damn thing going to break up and die! " screamed Jeff over the torrential rain and blustering winds. Cynthia remained silent and foreboding at the remote outpost. The U.S Government spent a fortune equipping this station wih the most sophisticated meterological  equipment available. However, something was wrong with this model that the computer was spitting out. The storm seemed to have a life of its own. It came from nowhere an just kept spinning in the same place.
     Cynthia had studied hurricanes her whole life. Jeff was an expert in computers and three dimensional modeling of natural occurences. They were both stunnerd and scarred for their lives as the storm was growing in intensity. Commnications were knocked out.
      The aliens had arrived had arrived many millenium ago long before man walked the earth. They had found a perfect world in the subterranean caves deep beneath the surface.
      As man developed and became the dominant species they watched with a total disinterest. Now however they were intruding in their world with hydraulic fracking and the pollution that it brought.The humans would soon learn where real power lied.
       Jeff and Paticia were the experiment that the aliens had devised.Hopelessness and total nonbelief was their goal. Two isolated human beings were snatched and delivered to a new reality. Everything the two scientists believed was an illusion. These extraterrestrials had manipulated everything on earth and the universe. All our brillant technology had no basis in fact. Our reality was their imagination. Jeff was quick to engage them but they only communicated through mathematical telepathy. Humans could not even begin to understand  the depth   of their knowledge. They had destroyed the dinosauers because they found them incapable of evolving. Human beings were now there next project.
        However they were playful entities that were easily bored and needed some entertainment. The Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland touched their fancy. All the wonderful discoveries by these men of Science were dreams of the ancient ones. Now they were prepared to create nightmares. The surface dwellers would never be prepared for armagedon. To The outside world the LHC was an expensive experiment in pure science. Probably most of humanity never heard of it. The Large Hadron Collider was a weapon designed specfically to destroy the ancient ones. It was concieved and designed by Jeff and Cynthia. They laid the trap and sucked the all knowing ones into it. It was actually a rather simple plan. The massive amounts of energy that were released as the particles annihlated each other were channeled conduits into the home of the aliens. They would never expect it or know how to defend against it. It was all a question of timing
        The destruction was not one that could be thought of in simple terms. This conduit of massive energy would actually rip a hole in the space time continuim. The results would suck them into a parallel universe. This experimentation had been going on for years after the holocaust of 9/11. It originated as a way to target terrorists and send them into non existence. The drone attacks were just a cover for a much more sophisticated methodology.
        The time has come to play my trump card. A personal thanks goes out to the judges and jurors who developed this competition. My imagination is now your reality. Choose your judgement wisely and carefully.
                                                                                                                       Best Regards,
                                                                                                                           The Ancient One
                                                                                                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
  
   
 

About the Author: 
Civil Engineer- specializing in earthwork analysis and digital terrain modeling for GPS applications

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