Danny's Story

26. in which the world explodes

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A sudden group of explosions lit the edge of the satellite image. The ground rumbled, and the air shook so hard with the sound of the blast that it seemed as if the earth itself must have broken open. Reflexively, Danny sprang back against the trunk of the tree. There, she huddled as peals of thunder rolled around her and waves of smoke and fine debris flew past.

The satellite image at the corner of her vision was a riot of black smoke and angry licks of vivid, orange flame. Adrenaline rushed through her body. She pressed her hands against the rough bark of the tree and fought to make sense of what was going on.

She zoomed back and watched as the dark cloud of smoke spread in every direction over the forest. As the smoke began to thin, she realized what had just happened. An entire convoy of ‘copters had just exploded midair in a giant blast of fuel and plasma.

On the tail end of this thought, another roar of explosions shook the world, and the satellite view in Danny’s vision flashed brightly. Just as quickly, the rest of the ‘copters disappeared in balls of flame.

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Christie “Iamba” Bailey

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