Nobody thought the world would perish this way.
Everybody thought that aliens would invade and make us slaves, or zombies would rise and eat our flesh. People thought the earth would fall into the sun, or explode from its core. That God himself would come down and destroy us, or robots would finally become more intelligent than us and take over our world.
Nobody expected nature to destroy us.
It all started when we ran out of oil- or maybe it started when the Sahara expanded to twice its size. Or when the forests of the world covered less than three percent of what they used to and more than seven thousand species were hunted to extinction.
Either way, humans have been screwing up the Earth for a long time, and even the constant efforts to save the environment failed when we realized the Earth was fighting back. While the Earth could’ve wiped us out in a second, it drew out our suffering.
At first, it didn’t seem like a big deal- more animal attacks, less success with gardening, the little things that didn’t seem important. As the problems got bigger, we became more scared, and that was a huge mistake.
Like a dog, the Earth can sense fear. It knew it terrified us. So when earthquakes, volcanoes, and hurricanes became more common, mass panic settled over the world.
The Ring of Fire- the coast where most natural disasters happen- was the first to go. A huge cracking sound that was heard across the world rang through the air, and screams soon followed as the coasts of the continents fell into the water, causing tsunamis and earthquakes. Almost one billion people got wiped out in a matter of minutes. A whole section of the world disappeared, leaving destruction in its wake.
After that, the military put out warnings, saying to prepare for the worst. The streets became swarmed with people, all of them trying to get food and supplies. Massive sinkholes then appeared in the middle of the streets, swallowing up hundreds and thousands of people all at the same time. The incident led people to hardly ever leave their homes. They all stayed shut up, holding their breaths, dreading what was to come next.
Nature didn’t disappoint.
People clung on desperately to furniture as the earth crashed and mountains rose, volcanoes formed, and fire engulfed whole cities. The landscape of the world had completely changed within hours.
After weeks of no other catastrophic events, the world began to settle down. People peeked out of their homes, albeit cautiously, and took tender steps outside. Gathering together in small groups, they tried to survive while a third of the human population was dead. Of course, there were still minor casualties- an animal attack here, a thunderstorm there- but the world was mostly at a standstill, and we thought it was over.
Then the storms began to last for days, the animals evidently learned how to open doors and kill us in our sleep, and even gas masks weren’t enough to stop the nauseous atmosphere from suffocating us.
That’s when the hybrids made themselves known. Grotesque creatures, which seemed a mix between human, animal, and hell-spawn, of all different shapes and sizes, invaded whole countries. They crunched up people in a single bite, or pierced through layers of clothes with stingers as long as trees. Their teeth stuck out horribly and went in rows all the way down their throats. Nobody knew where they came from, and one could never know where they were next going to strike, for they moved as stealthily as the night.
By this point, only the strongest had survived. Many were missing limbs, or had crisscross scars because lightning had struck them, while others had no eyes or teeth, and some even had bones sticking out.
Now, nature started fucking with us.
Thorns grew out of people’s bodies and leaves stemmed from their throats, making it impossible to breathe. Our feet rooted into the ground like trees, forcing us to cut them off. People lost all hope for the future as their eyes turned to cockroaches and their skin turned to dirt.
The last of us still can’t believe what our world has come to as nature reclaims itself. Whole towns now lie underwater or swallowed into lava, crushed by mountains or taken over by wildlife.
We finally understood the message the earth was trying to send us: Humans had thrived and evolved. They’d had their time. Now, things were coming to an end, as all things must.
There are only a few of us left- I don’t know how many. We’re going extinct, and my time is coming. I’m writing you this message so that you realize how much you’ll regret screwing with mother nature. She is not peaceful, she is not calm, she is harsh and raw and she will destroy you without a second thought.
There’s a wormhole is sucking me in- I’ve never seen a wormhole, but this feels powerful, where gravity, time, space, and reality don’t seem to matter. The pull is stronger than anything I’ve ever felt before, so I figure I’ll make the most of my last moments by recording the end of the world. I wonder where I’ll end up when I get engulfed. I’ll be throwing this message in too, and while I don’t know much about the science of wormholes, I hope it will turn up in time for people to turn their lives around.
Respect Mother Nature. Realize how insignificant you are. And whatever you do, don’t
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