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15 October 2004 @ 09:00 am
THE END OF DAYS: an excerpt from a novel of post-apocalyptic America  
They say a decade isn't measured by the zeroes at the end of the Years Of Our Lord, but by the events that shape it. Me, I was fifteen on November 9th, 1989. Even then I knew, right in the gut of me, that was the end of the Eighties.

Everybody knows when the Nineties ended.

But even before that, there were signs erupting like night flares: blackouts in California, on the East Coast--praise be to Allah for showing the Americans what it's like, even if only for a few hours. And the thing I remember is thinking how fast it would all go, if it went. That was when I knew. Sign of the end days.

June 14, 2004. Didn't have the same cultural ring to it--9/11, now that meant something to an American. That was the number you dialed in an emergency. It meant something. The irony cut right to the fucking bone.

Don't look at me that way. Just because you know the history of that date doesn't mean we did. The only reason you know it is because of the bombings.

They say Governor Schwarzenegger faced down a missile himself, like he really was the last action hero. 'course, it blew him right to shit and back again. Like the poem says, the man on the tv screen didn't get up again.

They closed the polls that year. There were no elections. For the good of the nation. Martial law, to keep us safe.

November second didn't end a decade. It began a revolution.


 
 
 
Old Mother Chaosoldmotherchaos on October 15th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
... here's just hoping that proves speculative and not predictive.
Nice stuff.
Thanks.
kit: writing2mizkit on October 15th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I hope it's speculative, too, but I'll be writing the book one way or another. It's a great alternative history jumping-off point.
kitmizkit on November 3rd, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
Well, damn.
Terlanterlan on October 15th, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
*reads, re-reads, nods* Very nice, indeed. Such a snippet would cause me to buy a book..read it, then push it onto friends who might have interest in such! Excellent!
kit: writingmizkit on October 15th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
God, you people are making me feel like I should drop everything and write this. :)
Terlan: RealityIsADreamterlan on October 15th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
*bows* If I can be of service in anyway to inspire you to write more, then I am well and truly honored.

But then, even if I have been exceptionally quiet over the years, I've always been a silent supporter of your desire to write, Kit. I just "woke up" the other day and realized that I've been too darned quiet on my friends' various journals. *shakes his head* I've been too tied up in my own "little world."
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
*laugh* Thanks. Unfortunately, working on this particular book isn't in the cards for a while, especially if some of the irons I've got in the fire pan out, but I appreciate the inspiration anyway! When it comes time to work on THE END OF DAYS I'll come look at this posting again and be re-inspired. :)
Terlanterlan on October 15th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Somehow, the news that you have other "irons in the fire" just does not surprise me. *snug* All the same, it is a real thrill to read about your success and happiness from the whole experience.
Bloody Foxtongueporphyre on October 15th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
Today just gets better and better. Thank you for that. It reads like something I want on my shelf.
kit: writing2mizkit on October 15th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
Hopefully someday it will be on your shelf!
gianettagianetta on October 15th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
wannareaditwannareaditwannareadit

You *do* need test readers other than those who spend more time reading than breathing, right? pickmepickmepickme
kit: writing2mizkit on October 15th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
I will put you on my First Readers list as soon as I write it. :)
gianettagianetta on October 15th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
oh. I thought it was already written. *sheepish look*

COOL!