Fatal Mistake

Tears rolled down the worker’s cheeks and they washed away the smoke and soot stains on his face. The smoke stacks billowed up into the sky which was now a dark red and black cloud of death. He could feel it slipping, his eyes wanting to shut, but not being able to look way from the flashing screen. ERROR: NUCLEAR ENGINE FAILURE: MAINTENANCE NEEDED ON ENGINES: 1-3-4-7-8-9. But there was nothing to do. He couldn’t undo the mistake that had been done. The heat of what felt like the sun was starting to seer the skin of workers fleeing from the power plant. He looked down into the flames below him, where screams could just barely be heard over the crashes and booms of metal structures falling into the ground. His hard hat dropped and rolled off the platform. Looking past the screen, there was the massive circular container of the energy they had been taking care of for years. The first engine exploded, causing the rest to buckle and combust. The whole city came down with them.


Author: Josh Whittemore

Maine ⚓️

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