Prologue 

​An aged man rushes towards his spaceship. He yells at others to come over quickly while desperately trying the door. The gate unlocks, but he refuses to go in, instead he runs in the opposite direction, expecting someone. Few more footsteps are heard approaching. As the faces become conspicuous you can see seven teenagers rushing for their lives, two of them were deeply injured and blood was oozing out from their wounded legs. But, despite of that, they kept on moving, clinging to the shoulders of their helpful friends and dodging machine gun fire. Few army men were chasing them. 

One more sniper shot is heard, followed by cry of a girl. The man rushes to help her and takes her in his arms. 

“C’mon, run as fast as you can!” He shouts. 

After a few minutes of the dash, they finally make it to the ship but not safely. The man had been shot in his right hand, there was a boy with wounded right leg and finally a girl with three deep wounds one each in both her legs and one in her back. 

“Where is Lisa?” The old man shouts again. 

“She fell into a ditch, and pleaded us to leave without her, and save our lives,” one of the girl replies. 

“How could you all! How could you leave one of your friends dying to save your life? Definitely, I  failed in teaching you a lesson in humanity. My preaching goes in vain,” the old man lectures. 

The firing continued, this time explosions taking place of gunshots. As terrified as they were, they sat together clinging to the aged man, who seemed to be iron nerved. Finally, an announcement was made by the spaceship computer, and a boom was heard, everything was quiet after that. 

“Ellie, go and fetch first aid box, fast!” The man commands, taking advantage of peace. 

As soon as his request was fulfilled, he starts treating his students ( you can tell it from their conversation). Once finished, he sighs in relief and sinks back to the floor attending his own wound, cleaning it roughly and finally dressing it. They barely had a minute to rest, when suddenly the ship shook and as they were not well seated (in fact, they were just lying on the floor), they were thrown back towards the gate, which was fortunately closed . 

The ship took off , and with that everything went quiet again (at least for them). Gradually adapting to the circumstances, they looked at the computer screen. One of the most dreadful site they could ever imagine was being displayed there. A shockwave rose somewhere near their launch pad and sent waves of destruction past earth. They watched spellbound, as the destruction of their world came in episodes before them, destroying everything it came across. They knew for sure there was nothing that could evade this destruction but, they were lucky, for the mastermind of this havoc himself had come to their rescue. Unfortunately, even he was no more. If he had been here, things would have been much easier. 

It was pretty funny to see, the skyscrapers collapsing step by step. First glass, then a bit of concrete, a bit more and finally whole architectural marvel was reduced to rubble. It was a great sight for these entertainment hungry teenagers. They might even be liking it, but for all others inhabiting the earth, plants and animals alike, it was the end, end of the life on so called ‘Living planet’. Whole biodiversity of this magnificent planet was reduced to dead remains, except for these eight. And even  they were escapists, leaving their mother earth when she needed them the most. They were not even worth of being called children of mother earth any more. 

You might enjoy the thought of being left alone, doing whatever you can, choosing to live as gods rather than human beings. But, once given a chance, all the advantages seem obsolete and that was exactly the case with these eight souls. Having watched all of this havoc, they sank back to the floor thinking about the disaster that impounded them and how it began. 

Index to the novel

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Is the starting of this story.. if not please let me know where it begins from

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    1. Rishav says:

      Yes! This chapter is where the story begins!

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  2. RoBis says:

    Hi Rishav !

    Thank you for liking our post.

    You have an amazing imagination! Do keep up the good work!

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  3. thebeagle says:

    Nice work, Rishav. It’s good to see people who love to write.

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    1. Rishav says:

      Thank you! Hope you are enjoying my writings!

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  4. Pooky says:

    This is an exciting opening with some interesting, thoughtful imagery. Nice job. There are some grammar errors, though: like missing articles and tense changes, which don’t sound intentional. Not a big deal; they are easy fixes. Keep working hard, friend! 🙂

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    1. Rishav says:

      Thank you, for the feedback! Will take care of that.

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  5. hallwille says:

    Is’s really interesting Rishav! Just found time to start your stories… I’ll keep on reading 🙂

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    1. Rishav says:

      Thank you!

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  6. I am intrigued. I’ll keep checking back on your work. I want to thank you, too. You were the very first ‘like’ on scatterednotebooks. Keep writing!

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    1. Rishav says:

      You’re welcome! And thank you for your comment, it energizes me to go on further.

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  7. I SO enjoy reading your writings. Thank you for letting us see and read them. Thank you.

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    1. Rishav says:

      Thank you! Your feedbacks are much appreciated.

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  8. Lots of drama and some great turns of phrase in this

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    1. Rishav says:

      Thank you!

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  9. Hmmmm….where do these 8 people end up? I guess we will have to wait. Thank you for liking my recent painting as well Rishav

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    1. Rishav Maurya says:

      You’re welcome! You’ll get to know it only in the end!

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  10. Interesting catch. Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Rishav Maurya says:

      Thank you! Hope you enjoyed it!

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  11. Peter Klopp says:

    A good start for a young writer like you, Rishav! Open your novel with a bang and then face with courage and persistence the challenge of maintaining the momentum. I’ll back to read some more.

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    1. Rishav Maurya says:

      Thank you so much Peter! I hope so!

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  12. Ed Lehner says:

    WOW!!!!! Thanks for posting.

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    1. Rishav Maurya says:

      You are welcome

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  13. D'Dream says:

    Great storyline. Hope to read more

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    1. rishavmaurya says:

      Thank you! Next part coming soon

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