Move, Silent and Swift

The world had been dark for just one year. Morgan thought he was managing. He had though seen the population of his once busy home city dwindle to a fraction of its size. People didn’t take enough care. Move silent and swift, that was the key to survival.

At first when the darkness came life had carried on pretty much as normal. Scientists were working hard convinced that there was a rational explanation. The religious were praying, convinced their sins had caused it. Morgan wasn’t sure what to think, his main aim was now to get by.

As each day passed things were getting more difficult. Services were failing, with fuel for the first time being in short supply. No one knew why but the sun’s light was failing to reach the earth’s surface, leaving the planet in darkness. Beyond the atmosphere satellites and the ISS reported that everything was normal.

The shortage of fuel and food meant Morgan had to travel further. Spending longer outside each day to find supplies. He moved quietly in the dark and he hoped quickly enough not to get noticed.

No one quite knew what happened. People were disappearing, swallowed up by the darkness. Morgan was determined to survive. Quietly, speedily he moved around the ever-increasing number of empty stores. Collecting just enough supplies to carry back to his apartment.

The journey back was uneventful. How long was it now since he had seen anyone? Weeks, months, he was unsure. The well-lit apartment was his refuge. There had been no electricity for a while but candles and battery lamps were everywhere. The light was such a contrast to the darkness enveloping the world outside.

The question of how long exactly? Was weighing on his mind. He pondered this through his meal of tinned beans and bottled water. A light in his apartment went out. He noticed it immediately, they were such an important part of his life. Then another candle flickered, one by one the lights in his apartment went out. He knew it was time to leave. Once this creeping darkness settled on a place no light would shine ever again.

There was only one chance for Morgan to survive he needed to move silent and swift. He knew though he would have to stop eventually. That his days on this dark planet were numbered.

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