Gears of War
The Story of David Blake
Chapter 1: Emergence
There is always that thought in the back of everybody’s mind as their alarm clock drags them from the calm, heavenly region of dreams on a Monday morning, the stabbing regret of having to leave the warmth beneath the blankets, bringing forth the wish that life would become simple once more, the wish that the harsh, civilized lifestyle all humans live day in and day out would simply vanish, leaving time for sleep, time for life and time for family.
Of course, David was not without those thoughts as his eye lids slid open slowly, the pupils that had been concealed beneath dimming as the warm morning light slid through the blinds across the room, lighting up his bright blue eyes as if they were the first embers to spark from a burning fire. Turning away from the light directly across the room, David ran his fingers over the five buttons atop his alarm clock, each labelled with a different amount of small bumps to help those less-than conscious people attempting to work the contraption as it wakes them.
David pushed the button third from the left, the same button he had pressed thousands of times before, always at the same time, always on a new day.
David’s eyes fixated on the four numbers being digitally displayed beneath the buttons on the alarm clock, 05.32 with the convenient ‘am’ on the far right side of the number line, to represent before or after noon. With a sigh, David moved out of his bed, yawning collectively as he rose up his arms to stretch, it certainly didn’t feel like he had been asleep for nearly nine hours, he looked down upon his bed; with one simple motion he could sleep for another nine, he was sure of it, the effect sleep had on his body had always puzzled him; it seemed the more sleep he had the more tired he became when he awoke, it had been that way for as long as David could remember. But none of that mattered, David knew that.
Slowly he began to stumble towards the bathroom door across the room, glancing at the woman lying on the bed, her long brown hair lay resting on her shoulder, scarcely covered by the blanket hiding the rest of her body. Her name was Jessica, and she was the love of David’s life.
With a smile, David gripped the door knob to the bathroom and slowly pushed it open, receiving a greeting by his reflection in the massive mirror covering the entire wall opposite him, quickly, he pushed the door shut behind him and moved toward the sink before him. He turned the tap on the right and watched as water began splashing into the white bowl and draining down through the pipes connecting it. Quickly, he cupped his hands beneath the stream of water and splashed some on his face; the sudden cool sensation was a useful technique to wake the body, it was an experience he enjoyed every morning.
Turning off the tap, David ensued by undressing and moving into the shower, mixing the right amount of cold and hot water until he was satisfied with the warm temperature being shot out from the shower head and slowly drifted off with his thoughts.
Another week of work was looming and there was no way around it, always starting with Monday and hence being the hardest part. Summoning the strength to just continue doing the same job day in day out wasn’t the hardest thing in the world, but working at an Immulsion plant can get quite dull quite often. David was an Electrician; he had sought employment at the Immulsion plant because of how high they pay their workers, above or below ground; many people had theories as to why that is, the management team on the plant say it’s because of how important Immulsion is to the world at the moment, but no-body really knows for sure.
Several workers at an Immulsion plant in a boring little town quite far away claimed they had been attacked by some kind of monsters underground, the mining companies simply ruled it off as exposure to gas which caused the miners to ‘think’ they saw monsters, but it’s happened quite often lately. There have been other reports that tremors in the underground caverns surrounding Immulsion lakes are a grave threat to the company’s workers, but investigations into these tremors can’t seem to find anything behind it, or anything they’ll let us know about anyway.
David turned off the taps of the shower and dried himself with a towel before stepping back into the bedroom and getting dressed in his normal work uniform, on site at all times the workers had to wear bright orange shirts with reflective strips on them for easy finding should they get lost in the dark, that and long pants with steel-tipped boots. Every employee left their work clothes in the lockers so the cleaning staff could take care of them, it was company polocy, David always wore his white shirt with a black jacket ontop followed by a tie and long black pants. He liked to look professional in his work, even if it was just an electrician position.
Making his way down the stairs to the kitchen, David heard a click followed by the familiar voice of the morning news presenter and Jess’ familiar humming as she cooked breakfast in the kitchen, it was soothing, and she always hummed the tune to a lullaby David had long forgotten the name of. A smile upon his face, David walked into the kitchen and kissed Jessica on the lips, whispering a ‘morning’ as she pulled away to go back to the stove, a smile stretched on her face.
“Are you listening to the news?” She asked softly, turning her head to the television planted atop a cabinet in the living room adjacent to the kitchen.
David grabbed the remote from the counter beside him and turned the volume up, listening to the reporter as she began ranting on about tremors underground around the globe that had no apparent explanation.
“I’m worried David.” Jess exclaimed, a fit of emotion coming across her face, “Stay home with me today, I just have a bad feeling.”
David smiled, she was such a pessimist.
“I can’t Jess, we need the money, don’t worry I’ll be fine.” He moved over to her and embraced her in a hug, “Do you really think a few tremors underground can take me out?”
Jess giggled and looked in David’s blue eyes, invoking him to stare back at her. Jessica had the most beautiful eyes, a light shade of aqua that literally glistened in the sunlight.
“Just promise me you’ll be careful, okay?” She said, continuing to meet his gaze. “I promise.” David muttered, moving in to kiss her on the lips once again, “I’m always careful”.
Jess moved back to the stove and served up the breakfast for them both, they sat at the kitchen table listening to the sports reporter blaring out the results of the various Thrashball games played over the weekend, all the teams David had tipped for his betting club had won, it was one of his best picks all season.
After breakfast David bid Jess goodbye and left the house, closing the door behind him with his car keys in his right hand. Quickly, he moved toward his car and moved into the driver’s seat, closing the door beside him before sticking the keys in the ignition and turning them completely to the right, igniting the spark plug within the car and causing it to jumpstart the engine. It was a reliable car, quite an old model, but it had belonged to David’s father, and that was good enough reason in his mind to keep this car forever. He honked the horn to bid Jess goodbye before reversing out the driveway and beginning the hour long drive to the Immulsion Plant.
They say it’s the little things in life, the things everyone takes for granted, that people most regret when all hell breaks loose, metaphorically or literally.
David never much cared for the little things, even distant memories like the engraving in the trunk of the car that bears his and his father’s initials when he was eight, or the missing hubcap on the back left wheel that David had never gotten around the replace since the passing of his father, and yet, the millions of Locust forging their way through Sera’s crust beneath every major city on the planet couldn’t care less about the car that was handed down to David by his father, they had one mission. Kill.
The sun was now high in the sky; the beautiful Sera summer was beating down upon the planet, warming the atmosphere in a calming break from the previous winter. David glanced from the road to the small digital clock near the radio, which was playing some smooth jazz-rock style of music on a local radio station. The clock spanned another four digits, 07:53am, the drive was almost over. Oddly enough, the Immulsion station David worked at was located quite close to the centre of the city, somehow due to the large lake nearby. David had no idea how Immulsion was formed or what the conditions need to be and such, that wasn’t part of his job description, he just fixed things. Suddenly, the radio station flickered to a new telecast, ranting on about massive tremors on another continent and buildings collapsing and such. David turned off the radio; he had no interest in listening to that rubbish, the media seemed to blow everything out of propulsion these days.
David stopped before a large traffic jam not far from a turnoff to the central highway, there were cars extending as far as he could see, angrily, he smacked the steering wheel in front of him with the palm of his hand. Frustrated, he looked back at the time, 07:59, by the looks of this traffic jam he wasn’t going to make it to work in the next half an hour.
And then, as the last few seconds seemed to stand still, 08:00 came.
David was left in awe as a massive shockwave seemed to implode a few hundred metres ahead of him, sending cars soaring through the sky as a massive beast emerged from the ground, its eight horrific legs tore through buildings and vehicles as it emerged, sending rubble and terrified people in every direction. In almost an instant, the beast began smashing into anything it could find, levelling a building nearby in a matter of seconds, sending rubble crashing down on the road beneath it, flattening scattering people and vehicles in its wrath.
Gunfire began rattling out along the street, David could only watch as men, women and children were torn apart by bullets, sending them tumbling in a pile beside the massive emergence hole now spewing out hundreds of smaller creatures in every direction, their skin looked as if it had boiled in water and was a shade of pale white, haunting grins made their way across their faces as the large, bulky rifles they weilded pounded round after round of white hot bullets into countless humans.
David opened his car door, only to receive a badly placed spray of bullets ricochet off of his bonnet, leaving several gaping holes in the vehicle he was so readily abandoning as he fell out of the door and frantically threw his arms over his head.
Quickly, David clasped his hands over his ears to shield his hearing from the bellowing roar of the massive beast, who smashed itself into another building, sending rubble falling through the sky down towards David. In a desperate act to avoid being crushed, he picked himself up from the ground beside his car and sprinted with the crowd back the way he had come, watching as bullets and rubble smashed into helpless people, killing them on impact or leaving them wailing on the side of the road.
The spider like creature let out another enormous roar and took itself to the street, flicking up cars in the direction of the evacuating people ahead, David looked to the sky as several cars came crashing down into buildings and those running in the centre of the street, crushing no less than three at a time as the cars were sent rolling through body after body.
Adrenalin pumped through David’s veins, causing him to run faster and more efficiently then he ever had before, one missed step and he would surely be left behind.
In what seemed to make time stand still, a fireball flew through the air behind David, the whistling was all he could hear, he knew he couldn’t out-run it, no matter how hard he pushed himself to do so. With a crash the ball of flames smashed into the centre of the road no more then a few metres from David, exploding in a hell fire that sent everyone around soaring back into the buildings around them, in what seemed like certain death, David was slung to his left into an alleyway, engulfed in smoke and burns, and smashed into a chain link fence before falling into a large pile of trash cans, his head connecting with the concrete as he landed, causing a haze to drift in upon his vision.
In one final instant, he heard the creature roar again, smashing into a building nearby and watched as the rubble and dust flew by the alleyway, consuming the street in nothing but black fog, and then, everything faded into unconsciousness.