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The Haven

The people began to quietly leave their jobs and make their way to the Top Secret 40,000 person facility built under the mountain in Virginia. After two days, others began to notice their absence and spoke out about it. In a week, everyone knew about the “secret” facility called the “Haven”. Unfortunately. they also found out about the huge asteroid that was headed their way at the same time.

As expected, there was a big rush to get there and be included with the ones chosen to survive. And also as expected, they were rudely turned away. The government had installed troops to protect the entrance to the Haven. They had orders to kill anyone trying to get in. It wouldn’t do to include the common rabble of desperate people with these elite scientists, artists, philosophers, leaders and, of course, their families. One of the first families to arrive had a daughter with the sniffles of what was thought to be a cold.

Six hours before the scheduled impact, it was discovered that the asteroid was smaller and not as dense as they originally thought. There was still a great danger to those not in shelters of some kind, but this wouldn’t be an extinction event as they originally thought. Despite the news, those in the Haven were undeterred. They were staying put until after the asteroid strike.

Eventually the asteroid struck the Earth and millions died, but not as many as was thought. The survivors outside of the Haven were so angry that they decided to keep those inside locked in. They sealed the entrance with explosives.

The little girl inside who had the sniffles had an infectious disease that spread quickly to over 95 % of those inside the Haven. It turned out to be a fatal disease that killed most of the proposed survivors. Of the 2,000 survivors, most were the soldiers who had defended the Haven and entered at the last minute. But eventually, they died too.

The Haven

Jim Hall

Fayetteville, United States

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It is said that the road to hell may be paved with good intentions. Interesting thought!

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