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Posted By: Michael PfaffJune, what's the worst thing you saw as the world was ending before you were chosen for the special assignment?
Posted By: Brendan ConwayThe worst thing I saw was the cities disappearing.You'd think I would've said the gore as the mutants tore up other citizens, or screaming floods of refugees heralded by the echoes of wails and cries. But no. It was the cities disappearing.I saw it happen to three for them, actually. I'm probably one of the only ones to have seen so many, because they happened in a relatively quick timeframe. Luck of the draw I guess.The first city I saw disappear, only sketchy reports had come in from elsewhere about other disappeared cities. Sounded like battle fatigue, post traumatic stress disorder, some psychological malfunction that was making men see things...or not see things, as the case was. But then we got to see it ourselves. I was stationed on the outskirts of the city, helping to shepherd refugees out of it. When...something...whatever...had happened, the cities got it bad. I don't remember the exact details of how or why, not yet. I just remember that everybody needed to get out of the cities, ASAP. So there we were, ordering the civilians to move it, move it. We didn't have the hard part, either; that was for the men in the cities, ordering them to leave behind their homes, their belongings, and get out now. We just had to keep pushing them forward, like livestock. That was bad in and of itself, seeing so many people reduced to so little, sobbing because there was nothing else to do.Then, the deep grating sound hit us. I say sound, because I don't know how else to describe it. It felt like a sound, like a vibration, but it came up inside you, like there was some creature under your skin, stirring from its sleep. We all felt it at once; so did the civilians. We didn't know what it meant, so we did the only thing we could think of; screamed at them to start running. They did, and we had a full-fledged stampede on our hands, but there was nothing else to do. I know people went down, and I know they were crushed. I saw the bodies later, but at the time, all I could think was that it must be something in the city again, it was always the cities, had to get them away from the city.And then, the lights pouring from the city began to grow brighter. I had to shield my eyes as they began to turn into brilliant stars only a mile away. I could hear noises coming from the city, screams and shouts, echoing out towards us. A wave of cold wind brushed against me, damp and dank on my skin. None of us knew what was happening, and I'm sure some of the other soldiers were screaming too, when the lights shut off. The instant I could look again, I dropped my hand and to look, see what had happened to the city.Of course, it wasn't there. The buildings were gone. The streets were gone. The lights were gone. The people were gone. The highway we were standing on, I could see it end suddenly right on the edge of entering the city proper. We checked it out, saw that it looked like it had been sheared off by something perfectly sharp. It was just, gone. And in the city's place was a forest of thick, dark trees standing tall, taller than any trees I had ever seen, and filled with a fog that stretched out graying tendrils over the entire area. That's the cold, damp air I had felt: the fog, rushing out. I looked at that forest and the fog and I knew that I had to get away, before the mists among those trees reached out to swallow us, too.The other two cities I saw it happen to, it wasn't much different. I was more prepared maybe, and especially by the third, I was hardly even surprised. That didn't make the disappearances any less horrible.Cities, gone, in a few moments. Not with an explosion, or with destruction. Just simply gone. Nothing left of the people who were inside. No sign the city had ever been there. Just mist and trees. It had all been erased, like an error in the accounting column of some ledger. Gone.That shook me more than any blood or carnage ever had.