Monday, October 29, 2012

Missed Chance



Missed Chance

          The morning had been the same routine, wake, bath and breakfast; kiss the wife good-bye and out the door. He walked to his truck, fires up the engine and backed out of his driveway. He headed in the same direction as any other day. Nothing seems out of place or abnormal but then again he really was not paying much attention. Right at the stop sign, pass two lights which he was glad were green today and onto the ramp north to Boca Raton. The minute he got on the express way he knew that something was seriously wrong. Cars were everywhere and they seem to be unoccupied like the owners had just abandoned them. There were cars in all the lanes; some seem to have run into the concrete wall and some into each other. Ok now he was confuse so he turned on his radio, but the station that usually played his tunes, someone else was crying on the news. It had become impassable so two exits later he took the off ramp. He tried calling his boss to tell him that the highway was a giant parking lot and that he would not be able to make it in to work. In the distance to his south he could see big clouds of smoke and judging the distance he could swear it had to be the airport. The phone system must be down he thought because all this time with the phone to his ear and it had been a waste. He tried to reach the wife and also his best, friend, “sorry all circuits are down, please try your call again later” was all he got.
      Back in the driveway, he threw the truck in park, walked up and reached for the door, it flew open and his wife stood there. No smile but the look he always got right before all hell broke loose, little did she know. “Have you seen the news”? Were the first words out of her mouth. “No”, he replied and then continued, “but there are cars without drivers everywhere, and I saw a few accidents where people didn’t even open their garage doors, just drove right through them” They sat by the TV and every channel or the few that could still broadcast, all were reporting the same terrible phenomena. That all major airports, railways and all form of transportation had to be cancel. Twenty five percent of all planes that were in the air at the time have either crashed or are missing at sea. With the remote in his hand he flicks through the channels but the news just got worst. He stop on one of the stations where a news anchor was dress like he had just been woke up and asked to fill in because its regular anchor was unavailable. The man seems to be having problem keeping his thoughts together and from his body language he spoke with fear. The news that many boats were just floating at sea unmanned, and that ships had collided with each other was to much to comprehend. The talk of an alien invasion was reported on yet another news station. Reports that the arm forces had been depleted by hundreds of thousands was another anchor story. “Have you figured out what’s going on”? Came the voice of his wife from the hallway as she returned from the bedroom. No, he replied and that seem to be his answer for everything today, even though he had a clue, but couldn’t bring himself to tell.  The two had heard on the news that all citizens should try to remain indoors as much as possible, due to all the increase in crime. There were reports of looting; murder and rape were being reported at an alarming rate. The two decided against it at first but he needed to know if his theory was correct. 
          His first stop was his best friend’s house, who he found just as terrified as he and his wife were. After a short stay the three said their good-byes, and he was on his way to his second destination. It normally only took twenty minutes to get to his parents house, but today was not normal, it took over an hour, and his wife got a firsthand look at the chaos. He knocked at the door but got no answer, so he went around the back and looks through the glass doors and saw no one. Having keys to his parent’s house, he opens the door and along with his wife they entered. The place was deadly quiet, the kitchen was clean as though no one has woken up this morning and his parents were not late sleepers. All of a sudden he knew without a doubt and all the warning from his mother came screeching back. Millions world wide the news man had said, missing without an explanation, gone without a trace said another, which to him meant the same thing. He sat on his mother couch not caring that his atheist wife thought he was crazy and said. “He came just like my mother and the preacher had said He would when I was young” his voice faded as he stared at the floor.  “Who came and what are you talking about” she asked. He replied, “Jesus, Jesus came and we miss our chance” He woke up, sat up so fast that he also woke up his wife. He was in a cold sweat from head to toe; he got up and ran to his living room and turns on the TV and flicked through the channels to realize that all the stations were playing their regular programs. His wife was looking at him with concern when he rushes to open the front door. He steps outside with no shoes looking up and down the street. He walked back inside, locked the door and picked up the phone and dialed. After four rings his mother answered the phone and said “hello” in her sleepy voice. “Is that you mother” he replied, “yes who were you expecting, Jesus to answer” she laughed before she continued, “are you okay, it’s like two in the morning” He paused for a minute then replied, “thank God today wasn’t Him and I’ll talk to you later on today for sure. When he hung up his wife looked at him and asked, “are you crazy or have you gone mad”? He took a deep breath and then replied, “Yes, and today I’ll find someone, to help change your mind”


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