Darkk

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Submitted: May 11, 2017

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The sun was rising off in the distance. It was very early in the morning, 5:00 am to be precise. You can see the low hanging, old Great Oaks, and Weeping Willows off in the distance. They are surrounded by dense, golden brown grass and stunning Alstroemerias and other ancient plants.
The door opened suddenly and my mother announced proudly,“Congratulations! You'll be attending your first day of your new school, Don, and your breakfast is almost ready.”
I hated when she called me, you know what. I've told her before, but she's usually busy and forgets.
“Ok,” I said.
But, who can blame her? My single mother has to take care of three kids and work at three jobs, so she can pay bills and put enough food on the table to eat the next day. When she was not home, I was assigned to do most of the hard chores and tasks around the house. Anyways, due to the fact that there was no bus route and the school is at least 25 miles away, I had to rush to get ready to get to school on time, along with my brothers.
“I hope they have really good food there. Also, I absolutely hope that they have snacks and other drinks besides the milk, juice, and water that most schools give out,” said Toby.
“Me too, buddy,” I said.
We can hear our mom struggling with, my little brother in the other room, but we just decided we should go downstairs to the kitchen, or dining room, you decide. She already set up breakfast, so we sat down and ate hash browns, bacon, eggs, and some fruit.
By the time Doni was ready, Mom came down and was surprised that we were here before her.
“Either Doni was extra sluggish today or you two have changed, significantly,” she said.
I can't lie, I don't remember the time she and Doni were there before us. After Doni finished eating, we got in the car and drove off, anxiously, at 5:54 am. As I was enjoying the beauty of the ancient, huge Great Oaks and amazing Willows, as my mother told me that she has heard that the wounderful oak's age is at least 1400 years old! And the Willow is not too far behind.
"This environment is amazing, I've never been in a place so...... I don't even know how to describe it," she said.
"I guess Watersedge is really the town of beauty and preservation," Toby said.
I was going to say something, but Doni started kicking my seat, good old Doni. After a few miles, we can now see the school.
"Here we are",my mom said.
I and my brothers all sigh, we didn't like school, plus, we were new...We opened the doors of the car and kissed my mother, so did Toby.
"Call me if you need anything," she said.
"I probably will," said Toby, with a comical grin.
We chuckled and went to the office to receive our daily schedule.
"Hey we go to the same class first period," Toby said.
As I watched my mom drive off, I said, "Well, let's make the best of it".
"I always do..... Then I get a detention in the first 10 minutes". That was true, and it made us both grin. The bell rang very loudly and we ran to class before the second bell rings.
As we sat down, the second bell rang and the teacher stood up and said,“Welcome to your first day of school, please choose your seat wisely, take out your Math Book, and your supplies.”
Then there was the quiet murmur, then the sound of backpacks unzipping and paper/pencils landing on the desks. I looked at my brother and it looked like he was going to cause trouble, so I nudged him to get his mind out of trouble and get prepared for the lesson.
“I almost forgot, we have new students, Donald, Toby, Darren, will you please stand”
After the loud screeching noise, I and my brother made, along with Darren, the class giggled. 
"Starting with Darren, tell something about yourself,” said Mr. Black.
“ Well, I'm from Louisiana and I just moved here,"said Darren.
“Is that all that ocurred while in your summer? Well, we’ll continue with Toby!" Mr. Black said. 
“Well, I and my brothers and mother moved here from New York, and that's all.”
I guess he finished so sudden because all of the attention he was getting made him nervous. He didn’t like too much attention.
“Last but not least, Donald,” Mr.Black said.
“ That was much expected by me, now let's start our first lesson in this classroom.”
The lesson was mostly about review and inequalities. We were assigned our first homework, 25 problems that last at least take 30 seconds per question. As we were dismissed, I went to look out the window to see if I can see the trees, and there they are, looking more astonishing than before.
” You are really lovin' those trees over there,” said Darren.” Don’t get caught up with admiring those trees that you get late to 2nd period”.
“Okay,” I said.  On the way there, we really got to know each other to the point that we're friends. ”My brother basically said what I was going to say, but in a different context,”I said.
" What are you two up to?" said Toby, he came out of nowhere.
"Just talking,"I said.
He always believes me when I say something, if it's a lie, he'll figure that out very soon. I had Darren for a couple more periods. I had to say the same thing over and over, I moved here from New York and I live with my 3 brothers and my single mother, that's all. The classrooms seemed, all the same, the wall color seemed beige, had some paintings of landscapes, trees and plants mostly, all had the same type of desk, Writing desks, all had a white board. The rest you can think of is different.
Finally, the bell rang for the lunch hour. Darren, Toby, and I caught up with each other at lunch, we finally received our lunch from the lunch ladies and it was hot homemade chicken soup, some Mac And Cheese, some pears, baked potato and gravy, and some milk, ice cream,  apple juice, and veggie chips. And the trays were reusable but luxurious looking plastic trays.
“Dang, I thought they just give me the slush, you know?”I said.
“Yeah, this food looks amazing, hope it's not plastic,” said Darren.
Toby gave a slight grin and said, “I haven't gotten a detention yet. We better get eating, or we’ll waste the produce.
” Then we started grazing away, great food, not plastic, thank god.
The lunch room was like a restaurant, a nice but not fancy restaurant, we sat in the corner near the door to reassess. The color of the seats was cushioned, red and the tables were a maroon color. We had a lamp like light over our heads and the walls were unevenly striped in colors I don’t know the names of.
Then out of the silence, Darren said very quietly,” I have heard along time ago that NASA was going to colonize and support life that came from earth on Mars! It said that in 2031,  5 convoy rockets, 2 passenger shuttles, and a science-based lab will be launched that year and that date is September 3rd, 2031, which IS today!”
I and Toby just sat there, I knew that they were launching today, but I forgot until this point.
“Oh yeah, I want to watch the launch, but I don't think the school will allow us to on our phones.”
“Didn't you hear the announcements? They said that they will allow teachers to show their students to watch the launch that took so many years to layout and plan out any circumstance possible.”
“Oh, right, Don has been waiting for…”
“Alright students, let's get to your play time!” said Mrs.Florina warmingly.
We were frustrated because we didn’t get to the ice cream, but we were allowed to eat outside, then we can play. I was surprised how fast we finished our ice cream. I didn’t pay much to the surroundings until now. There was a  long tightrope, a huge slide, a rope tower that you climb on, and benches for board games, and a very nice, big field.
“Dang, never seen a playground so peaceful, more than usual for kids ages 11-14, gives me the chills,” said Toby in a suspicious way
“ Let’s go already!”I said.
We went first to the slide and raced each other down it, then we joined a group that was passing a football back and forward.after that, we didn’t talk much unless somebody intercepts or blocks the small football. Recess seemed very short, even though it was 34:30 minutes.  It was 12:45 when we got to our classes, we were separated, it was quiet because we were waiting for the announcement of the launch occurrence. For the 13 years of my life, I’ve been never so excited for almost anything in general. Carnival/State Fair, meh, movie theater, meh, nothing really excites me that much anymore. But this is a different situation, the first people, people going to live forever on Mars, and seeing the launching of space capsules into space is just more interesting for me. 
“ Attention all teachers and students, the launch is going to happen, if you want to allow your students to watch it, go to channel 23 on your TV’s,” said the principal of the school.
Our teacher thought for a minute, then she, Ms. Yamen, eventually turned on the TV, usually used for announcements, and changed the flat TV screen to discovery channel.
I was literally about to go out of control when it showed the rockets on the countdown for liftoff,“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, liftoff!” said the commander of the fleet of ships.
The ships looked like that they were like out of a Sci-Fi movie, they all launched at the same time. It was a spectacular sight and the class was cheering the ships on, they were fast too, they were in space in at least 28.73 seconds, really fast for all the distance.
Then N.A.S.A’s CEO announced happily, “I could’ve not done it without the support and help from the company in the name of Mars One, we worked together and achieve dreams that all began in 2011. I happily congratulate our employees, scientist, engineers,  mathematicians, and physicians for achieving something about 1 score ago, 20  years, was only a dream.”
As he left the platform, a bunch of journalists followed and spoke loudly to get his attention to answer their questions.
Then, he said, “It will take, from now, 3 months to reach mars, for the convoy, the passenger will take 5 months, and the lab will come at 7 months. The convoy will be traveling about 116387.33mph, the passenger ship will be traveling at about 68530.70mph, and the lab will travel about the speed of 48676.01mph, and the distance between the earth and mars at launch was exactly 250,000,000 miles away.”
 I kinda knew that he used Scientific Notation.My teacher was starting to put up work for extra credit, he said he decided that since he was allowed to, he let us watch it the entire time. Also, he gave us, the class, the books that we needed for the rest of the school year. A couple kids were doing the work and watching the report, while most of the class was watching it.
A couple months have gone by, today is Dec. 2, the day before the first ships land on mars, Doni was being a little kid as usual. We had a break from school. It ended next week on Tuesday 9, 2031. I and my family were watching the discovery channel for any commercial about Mars’ shuttles landing. Instead, the TV went out, so I went to the circuit breakers, and they were fine and haven’t moved at all...When I came back to the living room, Doni was pretty scared.
“The breakers have not changed at all, the lights should be on,”I said.
“ Then why are the lights off?” said Toby. “ Are the lights out?”
“ I have checked all of the lights that went out, none are broken. Why is the TV screen on but black?” said my mother.
It was like one of the scenes that are in a horror movie, we all look d at the TV screen, but this time, it flashed a very bright light, then turned to a live stream of two huge UFOs, probably mother ships heading straight for Mars, heavily armed too.Then it went back to discovery channel for a minute before the gov. decided to send an emergency broadcast to the nation.
“ Please excuse this interruption, as you have seen, terrestrial aliens have entered our solar system. We are preparing for the worst and best case scenario. Our USS PolarWhite, the passenger ship, will send them a message for why they are here and what is their intention in all the languages that have existed on earth. And we have prepared every weapon that we have. For the worst… prepare for war.”, said the President of the U.S.
“ From the footage from the aliens, the aliens are very close to mars, at least  780,000 miles away,”I said.
“ How ith tat close?” said Doni.
“ Well, space ships travel very fast, the ship should be there in two days or less!” said Toby.
“ Yep,” I said
We turned to look at our mother and she was whiter than a sheet and was freaking out. We tried to calm her down, but she was out of her mind. So we just took Doni and we went to my room.
We started making weapons out of scrap metal that I found on the street. We made seven glass knives, 3 mini bows, 216 arrows, 2” thick metal shields that weigh almost nothing and have a mirror in case of lasers. I learned how to make small explosives, so we made 91 shard grenades and 74  Molotovs, then we got a huge food supply for 5.7 years per person of four, magnetically charged flashlight, 17 lighters, 68 batteries of each kind, and tools and resources.We had this by the time the aliens have reached the message.
We knew this because they responded in English, for us, maybe different languages for other countries, they responded that their intention was to see what was our goal with the planet we’re heading for. I can only guess that almost every 1rst and 2nd world countries sent a message back a.s.a.p.
The aliens showed they halted about 60,000 miles, from how big the planet is shown, from Mars. They are an example of peace and see the reality instead of destroying the entire planet without knowing their actions were to peacefully colonize ONE planet and not interfere. I think our government realized this too. I hoped they didn’t tell N.A.S.A to stop the capsules because that raises suspicion.
Then the phone rings. Kind of suspicious on who’s calling. I look at who was the caller. It said Darren, so I accepted the call.
“ Hey,” he said.
“ Hi, what's going on?” I said.
“ My parents are going nuts, they have no idea what to do!” said Darren with a sigh.
“ Well, so is my mother. She won’t let us out of the house and my little brother is scared out of his mind. He locked himself in his room and I had to knock the door down and get him out of there.”
“ Same here, my mom just went insane on how close they were to Mars, then she went completely psychiatric went she had seen what I have made!” I already have walked into my room, so nobody but I in the house can hear me.
“ Okay, then what did you make to freak her out?” said Darren with curiosity.
“ Well,  a few “toys” and supplies if the aliens become aggressive. They are the mostly close range, but I’ve made long range too. They are knives, mini bows, arrows, of course, a few shields that might protect us from the aliens weapons, and things needed for survival!” I said enthusiastically.
“ You are certainly prepared for an attack, I have my dad’s auto -shotgun. And I’ve got a lot of food and survival necessities.” He said.
I talked him into walking over to my house. It took him about ten minutes to get here, we’ve talked along the way.
He came through my window and was stunned that what I said about the weapons was true. He held one of the knives and looked amazed, then he picked up the mini bow, he shot one at the target that I made, he hit the bullseye.
“ Ahah! bet you can’t  do that…”
“Shhhh! Don’t yell or she can hear you!”
There was a dead silence, then my brother, Doni, giggled in the background. That was strange, but we ignored it.
My room was packed with supplies and weapons. I might have been considered a hoarder if aliens weren't near Mars. I have a pile of clothes that took a lot of space, the weapons, food, and supplies in the Cornercrate, 5ft x 3ft x 2 ft thin metal box, and some plans and everyday stuff that you’ll find in many bedrooms.
We messed around a bit, and my mother called me down in a shy tone.
I rushed down to find the tv on and a broadcast was made that the aliens have agreed to leave the humans alone and won't interfere to a certain degree.
“ They agreed to not interfere with our affairs?” said Toby.
“ I guess so,” I said.
My mom was happier than during the days of uncertainty, which made us feel better and Doni was happy too. Darren was hiding around the corner, freaked me out than just made me go back to my room.
“ I got to go to my room to find something,” I said
“ Ok,” my mom said.  
As I was going to my room, the lights went off, my mom called me to check the breakers and be careful. I checked the breakers, again remembering the 8 days ago when I went to the same breaker…..
The breaker was broken itself, look like it was mauled with a power tool. Well, the breaker was broken, but the breaker doesn’t cause the light to go off… I noticed that the breaker switches were turned “off” and that the inside of the breaker was gone, just the outside of it. I took a quick picture because I thought my mom wouldn’t believe me. There was a sudden sound in the sky, I looked to find a helicopter flying by. Once I looked back at the breaker, it was gone.
I’ve justed backed up and Darren said,” Well looks like it was stolen, heh. That sucks.”
“Impossible, it was here when I got here, see, I took a picture of it,” I said objectively.
I showed him my phone, he was a little freaked out, but he calmed down. My mom called worriedly. I ran inside I distracted her while he sneaked to my room.
“ The Government has stated and showed that there is a foreign object in the atmosphere over 6,000 miles away, and it was not the friendly terrestrials. They also stated that they would attack if they start entering the ozone layer,” mom noted.
“Dangit….. I was going to celebrate the peace. Anyways, I called my friend over to join us. His name is Darren,” I said disappointedly, acting like.
The doorbell rang, as planned, and there was Darren. My mother welcomed him and gave him a tour… in the darkness.
“ Dude, ask why the lights are off,” I whispered.
“Why are the lights off?” He questioned.
“The breaker is….. well…. gone,” she said.
“ Oh well, at least it’s day….” Darren positively stated.
“ Oh my….”  my mother said.
We looked around for a bit. It was getting darker. Then we looked out the window, the spacecraft in the spring sky was huge. By now, it had completely blocked out the sun. We saw a lot of tiny dots flying around it, then a minor explosion happened on the craft, we're under attack.
We saw even smaller explosion around the dotted area. The fleet was fighting our fleet of warplanes and shuttles. Then all the plants started dying, very slowly. Then we rushed inside to gather everything needed for survival in warlike conditions and drove off fearlessly. After a few seconds. Our house was under siege by aliens, lucky were a good distance, right?
I thought for a moment, is this the end? All life on earth is dying and destruction is happening everywhere. Then a sudden darkness came over me, I passed out. I was woken up by Dhoni's crying. Toby was whiter than paper.
Darren was motionless. Only a hint of sadness, much unlike him. My mom was trying to calm Doni down, while she was freaking out as well. I looked out the window, There was the city. All in flames, explosions of in the distance. Our school looked okay, but I don’t think anyone is in there. Then a fighter started chasing us.
I yelled, “drive!”
She slammed the gas pedal and she was dodging lasers, one hit the corner of the car. I remembered the shields. I passed them out, they blocked, deflected, and destroyed the fighter.
“Ha, well they got a taste of their own medicine!” I exclaimed.
We escaped to a nearby shed. I and Darren attempted gorilla warfare tactics, that were effective. Did we destroy an entire army with a couple of booby traps equipped with shard bombs, how though? They were in full armor unless the armor is made for different situations. We have destroyed at least 10 fighters and  18 so-called “tanks”. We have suffered some injuries, but not death. When we came back, Doni was always playing with the glass knives, thank god he hasn’t cut himself. Toby was defending Mom and Doni while we're gone unless they all come with us. We were helping eliminate the force of the aliens, but the world will probably never know what we did and how it affected the alien’s power.  We collected alien weapons and tested them, we will launch all the weapons at the mothership in 1 hour.
It has been days since we have been colliding with the aliens. We eventually started the guns and fired the at once, and pulled back all the triggers against the wall so all of them could be fired.
We saw big explosions after a couple minutes.
“ Are we able to end the war?” my mother cried over all the gunfire.
“I really hope so,” We all said.
Then it fired back, we ran for our lives, we must be critically damaging the ship to fire those huge laser cannons. Once they have hit, the impact force knocked me off my feet. Then there was a great explosion. It made me flew even farther that I was designed to.
“The motherships efforts were in vain, it was destroyed!"I said proudly.
. We all cheered. It was now 2 years since the first contact of alien lifeforms. The first were friendly, the aggressive ones came 5 months after. And now, as we stand on the road that was once praised for its beauty, is now a memorial for the world. It is not pretty as it used to be, but it will be remembered by some. The alien mothership has fallen in the Ridge Side Mountains.We traveled to the mountains to find that there were no more mountains we found the military surrounding the mothership. We said that we took out the mother ship with repeated fire and that we have done gorilla warfare.
“Can you show is?” replied the commander.
“Sure, we can show you everything!”I proudly stated.
We showed them everything, Toby was distracted by a butterfly. Toby was grabbing all of the recorded writing that we have written about the encounters of the aliens. We showed them everything, the weapons to the “fortress” that we made.  They Have contacted the president of the U.S that civilians had been taking out a lot of the armies of the aggressive terrestrials. We were awarded many medals.
“Well, at least the fighting is over!” I exclaimed.
“And we are now famous!” Darren replied.
It was another day at school, it looked like it's over 300 years old because of all the lifeless trees.
“We have been through a lot, but we will still learn math, reading science, etc…” Mr. Dorman
Then the lights went off in the classroom, then all the lights went dark.
“Again?!”I said annoyed.

 


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