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The most important event in human history takes place in the middle of nowhere. Perspectives are altered. Perceptions are changed. Nothing will ever be the same again. Is this a moment of deliverance for the human race, or the beginning of its end? Tom Winter thinks he knows, but if he's right, then seven billion other people are wrong.
it?’ `How do you mean?’ `I don’t want to offend you, Tom, but…’ It was obvious that she was struggling to express her feelings. `Doesn’t matter,’ I said, trying to save her the effort (and myself the hurt). `Please don’t take this the wrong way,’ she continued, `but you can’t take the place of the man I married. No matter what he’s done he’s still Penny’s dad and there’s still a place for him here…’ `I’m not trying to take anyone’s place,’ I began pointlessly. `I just want you to know that…’ I
feeling. The ship had been an amazing sight to behold but, now that it had gone, I was left filled with a sense of anticlimax. Rob was ignorant to my feelings and carried on talking regardless. `How could something so big be so quiet?’ he wondered enthusiastically. `And the light from those engines! Jesus, I’ve never seen anything like it!’ I weaved my way through the sea of vast, meandering figures. Some of them were still fixed to the spot, staring up into space transfixed and hoping to
of them?’ `Don’t know,’ I mumbled again. `It’s got to be a virus or something doing the rounds, hasn’t it? Last winter half the village went down with flu just before Christmas. Maybe that’s it?’ `Could be.’ `Mrs Conner’s the same. Explains why she was so vile to me this morning.’ `Who’s Mrs Conner? I thought you said you hadn’t been out?’ `She lives next door. She was out in her garden this morning. I saw her when I went out to put the dustbin out. I said good morning to her and she just
conversation died, and for a while the only sound was that of Clare’s constant tears. `What’s wrong with your car? Why did you walk?’ she suddenly asked. I shrugged my shoulders. `Don’t know. Wouldn’t start.’ `Did you see Siobhan?’ `How could I? I couldn’t get to her house without the car. It was all I could do to get back home.’ `And what about your brother? Was he there?’ I nodded but didn’t want to speak. `Why didn’t you bring him back with you?’ she pressed. `Because he was in the same
further away. Clare was fighting to catch her breath. She retched with exhaustion, fear and mounting panic. Doubled-up with pain, she dropped to her knees. `You okay?’ I asked, crouching down next to her. `Sorry,’ she wheezed. `Can’t go any further.’ I stood and turned back to look towards the ship. I could see the part of the road we’d just run along and, further in the distance, I could see the tight corner and the stretch of straight road beyond that. I could also see the bodies. Clare