Why would aliens come to Earth? How would the governments of the world really react? How would the people react? Here's a story that has everything you want from a first contact epic... and much much more! If you like the prologue below, check the link below to read the next chapters for free.
Title: 2020 The Arrival
Author: Paul A. Reid
Aliens have been visiting Earth for decades, but this time they are not hiding under the cover of night. They have come to help the planet, and they are offering two possibilities, and we're not going to like either of them.
2020: The Arrival - Prologue
Despite there being a cloudless sky all around, a boom like a thunder-crack rattled the city windows and echoed for miles in every direction. Confused and inquiring, people stepped out of their offices and congregated on the streets. Shops were left unattended, cars pulled up, and for a moment the vibrancy of the capital city was overwhelmed by curiosity, and all because of a massive blue ring of energy that was rapidly expanding in the sky above.
In the wake of the ring, a dense mist descended on the city, and as it reached the tallest skyscrapers, thick black smoke began to billowed as the building facades melted like wax candles. There was an unnerving silence as thousands watched in disbelief, then the screams started to pierce the air all around. Those not paralyzed by fear ran inside as the eerie vapor touched the ground. From the windows, they all watched in horror as the streets began to bubble, melt, and collapse in flames.
Inside one office building, a sound was growing louder, a continuous rumbling, punctuated by massive intermittent impacts. Screams pierced the rumbling as the ground trembled, cracked, and tilted. The foundations were failing, windows shattered, and concrete walls melted away like hot wax. From outside, epic and thunderous crashes could be heard near and far, as the first of the skyscrapers tumbled. Flames invaded the lobby all around as lava burst out of the stairwell, and those still on their feet sprinted for the emergency exits that led underground. The six floors above the parking garage crumbled and rumbled, and the last few survivors huddled together with nowhere else to go. No one was speaking, just breathing heavy and whimpering as the buildings above them dissolved into molten waves that spilled onto the already burning streets. It felt like the end of the world and it was too much for a mere mortal to handle. No one was thinking of loved ones. No one was thinking of regrets. No one was thinking. Their minds were completely blank as dripping fire hissed from the ceiling and blanketed the cars. Then, all at once, tons of molten concrete fell, and the last screams ended abruptly.
In the center of the city, all was finally quiet. The paths burned and bubbled, but the trees stood untouched. A water-bottle smoldered next to a half-eaten apple. And there, littered all over the grass, were bodies, thousands of bodies, like leaves in autumn they covered the park for as far as the eye could see. The clear afternoon sky had turned black. Hell was rising, and it was just the beginning.
Chapter 1: Here We Go Again
A clean cut man sitting at an onyx-black desk jolted out of his daydream. The Administrator wiped his brow then placed an action report down on the polished surface and slid it away as if distancing it would make it easier to accept. It didn’t. He let out a long steady breath then stood and paced around the minimalistic office that had been assigned to him by the Galactic unity known as The Concorde. At the window, he...