It had been a couple of weeks since the ice breakers had departed followed by an armada of cruise ships and navy vessels. Everyone had abandoned their beautiful homes to the advancing ice. Hinrik had obviously gone with them as he hadn’t been round to see her since the ships departed. Now the planes had stopped and the ice looked so thick the ships couldn’t get through even with the biggest ice breakers.
She had watched the ice come and slowly cover everything, huge icicles hung from the roofs and the wall of ice on the sea towered over the buildings near the shore. With it had also come silence, a deep lonely and chilling silence like nothing she had ever experienced, punctuated by the groans and howls of the sea ice. Even the puffins were gone, oh how she had adored those little birds and it broke her heart to think she may never see one again.
All around the world the most northerly communities were emigrating south to makeshift refugee camps in any countries willing to accept them, but everyone knew it would be only a hand full of years before the entire world’s population would be trying to cram into an ever narrowing band around the equator. The super powers were preparing their armies for war, everybody knew but nobody spoke of it.
Everything had happened so fast the scientists were still bickering over theories, global warming, the earth’s magnetic field flipping, strange never before seen solar activity, even aliens were being blamed. But the truth was nobody really knew, it could be all of them or none of them. One fact remained, the planet had suddenly and catastrophically changed; ocean currents had changed or stopped completely, the polar temperature was dropping by several degrees a year.
Consciousness was a fleeting thing, which was a blessing. Svana was convinced she was the only person left, everyone else had gone leaving her forgotten and alone to die. Before she did though she cursed them all, cursed them to a life of misery and a slow lingering death. Then her last breath eased its way through her thin cold blue lips. Her eyes slowly faded and she was free. Leaving behind a world about to be locked in its deepest darkest war, a genocide like no other, possibly even the end of humanity itself.
A Flash Fiction set in the Hope Universe
By Ian J Wilson