By Don J. Gilman
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Copyright 2012 by Don J. Gilman
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The comet hung heavy and low in the night sky, swollen and bruised, a swirling mass of blue and purple and green, slowly rotating in a counter-clockwise direction, a cosmic clock in reverse, counting down the days and hours that the planet, and mankind, had left.
It was coming. Soon.
Joseph Calkins sat on the short, dry grass of his westernmost hayfield, gazing up at the wondrous monstrosity that bore down upon them, all of them, every human on the planet, it was so beautiful, really, full of delicate whorls of gas and such a wide variety of colors, reds and blues and greens and purples, yet it’s menace and terror were unmistakable. This was the apocalypse coming. This was fire and destruction and devastation.