Chapter 1: (v.2) Harpagisometha

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter One

H A R P A G I S O M E T H A

 

She stood amid the silence, her gaze lifted up to the raven ceiling of infinite suns. As if sensing his presence, she turned around, her lips expanding in a smile as her eyes found his. She closed in the distance between them, her stare unwavering.

“It must be done,” she spoke with poise, their fingers intertwining. “But only by me alone.”

His heart laden with the indisputable truth, he could only muster a nod.

“Farewell, Matthias.”

He gently drew her to their last embrace, his vision blurred with tears. “Goodbye and thank you. For everything.”

He let go of her warmth as she withdrew into an entanglement of golden light that surrounded them. Her contact discharged a burst of radiant energy that diminished into darkness without end. He shut his eyes and tried to remember her face, but the memory of her had already dissolved into oblivion.

Matthias Cole awakened to the persistent clapping of rain. His ebony eyes were weighted with sleep, but nevertheless he pushed himself to a sit. He yawned and ran a hand through his close-cropped raven hair, standing up from a sea of creased sheets.

The heck I just dreamed about, he thought as he took a brief wash. Oh well, at least it’s better than urinating cows.

Matthias buttoned up a fresh gray shirt over his torso—a layer of tan upon defined muscles. He slipped on a pair of black trousers and sprayed crisp fragrance across his chest. He looped a crimson tie around his collar and stood, calculating. A little more to the left. Just right.

Approaching the kitchen, a roan pitbull trotted over and sniffed his socks in greeting.

“Hey, Munchkin,” Matthias rubbed the dog on the flank, his name contrasting painfully to the bulk of hardened muscles. “Watch over the house, alright?”

Munchkin lolled his tongue in response. He was the only confidant and company Matthias had. As he consumed an apricot toast, Matthias could only blink back tears as he remembered the memories of his family, his parents who both gave way in a plane crash a few years back. At least, he thought, as skeptical as he was, they would be in a much better place rather than this dark, cruel, unforgiving world.

A couple of intersections and round-a-bouts had led him to the National Space Administration department, a beige slab of cement. He hastily made his way in the downpour, the sky above him like a monochrome sea of untouchable cotton. Occasional veins of lightning streaked the sky, roars of thunder in their wake. A transparent set of double doors slid open in Matthias’s proximity, releasing a whiff of artificial chill.

The lobby was a vast dome topped with a radius of skylight. Clerks in blazers and pencil skirts rushed through the office halls with reports in hand, stilettos tapping unevenly on the glossy granite floor. Researchers and executives mingled alike, sharing virtues and national priorities for the good of all. But to Matthias, they’re talking gibberish.

Matthias took the elevator and ascended to the apex of the edifice. He strolled through the vacant corridor before knocking at the opaque glass double doors at the corner. He proceeded to enter the room, eyes momentarily turning to him. Matthias’s face changed to a shade of scarlet, realization slapping his sternum. The meeting wasn’t due at eleven, was it?

“There he is!” a man clothed in a cobalt suit grinned, his neatly trimmed beard dusky in the yellowish light. “Twenty minutes late, I see. Traffic’s got you good?”

Matthias settled in his chair awkwardly. “Nah, I think I overslept, Mr. Kirkman. Sorry.”

Terry Kirkman nodded in acknowledgement. The meeting hall was a spacious, cubical space. A long, rectangular table occupied the centre of the carpeted floor, littered with documents and cups of English tea. A screen lay propped against a beige wall, an image of a group of masked men equipped with firearms in its face.

“So to continue with our discussion,” Terry said. “The mass is thoroughly convinced that AMINO had been the one behind the six-hundred abductions the past week. I, though, have an objection against this.”

The image shifted to a sophisticated diagram of physics. “Now this energy was picked up by our radar instrument in China, right beside the residence where four people were reported missing.”

“So you’re saying that these were caused by a supernatural force?” an attendee inquired.

Terry smiled, eyes crinkling in excitement. “More like interstellar intelligence.”

The room fell into silence. Matthias’s thoughts were running rampant. Interstellar intelligence? Had it to do with the enigmatic girl in his subconscious realm?

“But that’s not the fun part,” Terry said. “Now this very same energy was picked up near the orbit of Jupiter. It folds its mass in such a way that it deforms space-time.”

“A portal?” a lady beside Matthias nodded. “Interesting.”

“Indeed, it is. Now to make matters short…” Terry fixed his eyes on Matthias.

Matthias furrowed his eyebrows in confusion. “Um, excuse me?”

“Mr. Cole, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gonzalez would be most fitting for the job. As for the meantime, meeting is dismissed. I would like to have a word with this trio.”

The three astronauts exchanged brief handshakes among each other as the rest took their leave.

“Well,” Justin Gonzalez began, his tan skin matching with his bay curls. “It’s been a long time I’ve gone up there.”

“So what is it you want to tell us?” Michel Wilson narrowed his navy eyes, his golden hair a shade brighter in the light.

“About that,” the director of the administration grinned. “I think next month would be the perfect chance for you to go. But please, do keep this mission confidential. The President is not quite happy, but I’ve got my proofs.”

“Then what are we to do when we get there?” Matthias said. “I mean, when we find this energy?”

“Simple. You go right in.”

Michel’s eyes went wide in disbelief. “This is basically suicide!”

“Well…” Terry pursed his lips. “You will go through singularity, but this is our only chance. If those damned aliens survived it, then the chances of us failing is slim.” His eyes were expectant under his bushy eyebrows. “Do I have your trust?”

“Yes, sir,” Justin said.

“Good. Meeting dismissed.”

As Matthias gazed out the transparent pane of glass into the weeping heavens, he could only wonder how it felt to be beyond the atmosphere, to be in endless night. He shook his head, his mind reduced to an only thought.

Rapture has ended. The Tribulation is about to commence.

 

 


Submitted: May 23, 2016

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Oleg Roschin

I'm very impressed. The writing is top notch, the imagery clear and vivid, the premise interesting, and the pace flawless. The spirit of classic sci-fi flows through this work! Please keep writing this. It's extremely promising.

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 9:18am

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Thank you so much for reading, Oleg! :)

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 2:20am

sslade

Very well written and the dialogue flows together nicely. Please send me a quickee when you update. This story has definitely been added to my reading list. Keep up the great work!

& on a side note; that Matthias sounds very handsome. ;D

Tue, May 24th, 2016 5:17pm

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Thank you so much! Hahaha yeah, well I tried to make him athletic though :) Thank you so much and I will surely keep you updated. ~BB

Tue, May 24th, 2016 5:58pm

Amy R. Beckett

Another good chapter. The concept is very interesting, and the way you present it is great. You don't give too much away too quickly which I like :)

Intriguing start on the whole. Feel free to keep me updated!

- ARB

Tue, May 31st, 2016 5:25pm

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Thank you so much for reading, Amy :) I will surely keep you updated. ~BB

Tue, May 31st, 2016 6:03pm

BrieBlakmyre

Highly impressed again, you are one of the more sophisticated writers I've seen on this site! You have a great understanding of how a story should be set up. I'm not a huge scifi fan, but you could make me one ! :)

Wed, June 1st, 2016 3:41pm

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Thank you so much for your kind words :) You've got no idea how much those mean to me. Haha well I'm surprised to say that I'm not that much of a sci-fi fan either :) It's an okay genre for me. Once again, thank you so much for reading! :)

~BB

Wed, June 1st, 2016 4:39pm

Keke Serene

I wanted to read this first since I've been waiting for-evaaaaaaaaa for it! :D
Not that that's a bad thing... I'm the Amazingnesssss will make the wait well worth it! :D
Ah! I love your freaking imagery, I really do! You have such great descriptions! *sniffle*
"Raven ceiling of infinite Suns..." :D
So I wonder if Matt is like, having a flash back or dream. It seems like a flashback, which would make it really sad, losing people you care for... :(
Oh, we don't get a name. But they did mean something to each other, esp Matt.
"Clapping of rain" is a great description!
Haha, he had a dream about cows peeing? XD
Oh hey.....! He lives in Florida! :D I feel so sorry for him, this state sucks! XD But it does have NASA, so it fits lol!
Bleck, physics!!! That is crazy tho, what Terry talking bout, if the aliens can do it they can?! WEL OBVIOAULY YALL CANT IF YOU HAVENT DONE IT! They're gonna survive tho, because otherwise this story would be very short haha! :D But ugh, I can't imagine going into space...!!! Not... Cool! Scary! Fear! Me like earth! Very much, not leave. Kinda like my house. Or more like my bed haha! :D
Hm... The thought at the end does not sound comforting. Tribulation, eh? Does not sound fun...! Guess I'll have to see! :)
Very nicely written, m'dear! :) Keep me updated please!

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 4:11pm

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Thank you soooo much for reading, stars! :) Nah, it pain me to read my own chap haha :D Well, was that a flashback or a dream? :D Will be explained in the later chapters. Haha yeah he got weird dreams, don't we all haha :D Well, I've never been to Florida, but it sounds like an awesome place! Haha yeah I would love to see space rather than go in it lol :D Thank you so much for reading! It means a lot to me :) I'd be glad to keep you updated! :)

~BB

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 6:37pm

Rathalos

Wow this is an excellent plot you have there. ;)

I'm really coughed up in it.
Your writing is very good and the descriptions are fantastic.
I've had a movie in my mind the whole time. ;)

I had to laugh at: "Oh well, at least it’s better than urinating cows."
What weird dreams he must have. Hahaha

Well I'm excited for the next chapter.
Take care.
-Rath

Fri, June 3rd, 2016 11:55pm

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Thank you so much for your kind words! :) I'm glad you enjoyed the read.

~BB

Fri, June 3rd, 2016 5:54pm

B Douglas Slack

Now we have the introduction of the main character, Matthias. Described to a T, we see he is a very "squared away" man who knows what he's doing. His participation in the meeting was secondary to the information you gave us on his mission and even a hint of it's possible outcome. He has friends, and I hope they make it through the oncoming trials. I like this!

~Tom

Sun, June 5th, 2016 3:24pm

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Thank you so much for reading, Tom! Glad you're liking it :)

~BB

Sun, June 5th, 2016 8:30am

Rose Burg

This was a great chapter! It was quite different from the previous chapter but it was nice to see the imagery carry across. I highlighted a few things in the chapter but they didn't take away from the piece :) Singularity, however, isn't something you can pass through - it's more of a 'state' of unknown rather than a place or area. Otherwise this was a great chapter! - Rose xx

Tue, June 7th, 2016 3:23pm

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Thank you so much for your kind words :) Haha yeah I still got a lot to fix and thank you so much for the corrections :) I appreciate it!

~BB

Tue, June 7th, 2016 8:52am

LeParadisNoirPoetique

I didn't think the prologue ended up being a dream, but you made it so vivid, and beautifully written. I want to be a vampire, I hope from your words I get bitten. You have such a delicious poetic balance in your vocabulary, it is one of the most beautiful writing styles I have ever read. Silver is my colour, but I want to go on a date with the colour Red.
Your imagery is top notch, and I noticed this is the way you describe Matthias having the prologue as his dream, so you don't forget about it. Your writing is a box office hit.
From getting up, driving to work, and being in the meeting, you have such a natural flow that makes your work a dream to read. I'm not a fan of sci fi, but you could easily make me one because when you are describing the events of the meeting, it's a poetic dream, and that's all I need.
I love the use of Greek wording for the title of this chapter, because I find it so exotic. Reading this while listening to Eminem.... tick!
The mission does sound like suicide, and you have got my full attention on this because it is so clear. Your write and use imagery beautifully to tell your stories. You deserve so many future glories!

Fri, June 10th, 2016 5:52pm

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Thank you so much! :) Well, actually, the prologue wasn't a dream but it definitely had something to do with Matthias' dream! :) It's cool you're listening to Eminem while reading this :) Thank you so much and I hope you will enjoy the upcoming chapters, Mr Draven! :)

~BB

Fri, June 10th, 2016 6:04pm

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