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Survival of the Smartest

By @FutureAuthor64

Chapter 1

The day the world ended was the day my whole life fell apart. One reaction that would explode the earth. Two atoms that would meet and react. Three key rules, that would ‘ensure maximum comfort and safety’. We wouldn’t be here today if we hadn’t broken all three. Number one: do not under any circumstances go outside. Once you have united with the rest of your family, you do not leave the building you are in. Number two: ensure that you are in a position of comfort and safety, with enough food and drink, shelter, and other essential items. Number three: There is no way to escape or prevent the anticipated disaster. Don’t try to find a way out of it.

What’s that? Rules you say? Pah. I don’t follow no rules. Rules are meant to keep you safe. But these ones did the opposite. If I hadn’t discovered the corruption of the World Safety Organisation (WSO) then I wouldn’t be standing here right now.

In fairness, all but one of the rules were true, but rules are made to be broken, so I didn’t care. When scientists first detected a repeat of the Big Bang, but in reverse, the world started to go crazy, and not in a good way. In no time at all, shops were filled with discounts on their most expensive products, you couldn’t move for bucket lists, and the phrase YOLO was printed on pretty much everything. Then the news was broken. We only had seven days left to live.

“What’s going on Mayra?”

My younger brother and sister were staring up at me with large curious eyes.

“I’m so sorry Patrik, Elizah, but I don’t exactly know. I’ve been trying to sort out our escape ever since we got the seven day warning, and I think we’re set, but I don’t know when he’s coming.” The responsibility for my brother and sister had fallen on me ever since the moment three years ago when we lost our mother to the Lich disease. Our father had disappeared two years before that whilst on an expedition to the Nakuga Jungles. Which is where we were heading now.

The man standing on the platform had eyes the colour of moss essence, deep and green. You can tell a lot about a person from their eyes, and his were trustworthy, strong and bold but somehow reassuring.

“You sure you still want to go through with this?” He said gruffly, as we approached more confidently than we felt.

“Yes. I promised my mother I would look after them after she died. I can’t let her down. All set?”

“Affirmative. I’ve been working on it in my spare time, and nothing should go wrong.”

“Nothing WILL go wrong.”

We had spent every spare moment since the announcement pinpointing the exact spot that would be most likely to survive the disaster intact, enabling us to survive on an island style chunk of land until we could find a solution. And it led us to the Nakuga Jungles. We were about to break every one of the three rules…

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