By Kitt Moss
Copyright 2012 Kitt Moss
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The first meteor hits in the middle of the day. I look up from my desk just in time to see something streaking across the sky. It disappears from my view, and a second later the whole building rattles. There's a crash of breaking porcelain as a mug topples from someone's desk, assorted curses, one short and surprised yelp. The next moment every light, every computer, every printer and piece of hardware in sight abruptly goes dead.
Briefly, for a fraction of a heartbeat, there is utter silence. Nobody speaking. Nobody moving. Not even the hum of our machines to keep us company. Then the spell breaks and everyone starts talking at once.
I'm on my feet. I don't even remember standing up. My heart is beating like crazy. What the hell did I just see?
Around me, everyone is forming into little groups, muttering darkly about power cuts. "Bloody nuisance," I hear someone say. "What's the number for maintenance?"