The Growing Storm

by Compound Fracture
originally published at 11:56PM on Sunday, November 04, 2007

Dr. Speven looked up from the report. “Do you have any idea what sort of panic would rip across the planet if the general public ever found out?”

“You can’t tell me this isn’t something they need to know. Surely they have the right.”

“Certainly they have the right, but humanity simply isn’t ready for this sort of news. I’m barely controlling myself.” The beads of sweat forming on his forehead lent credence to his words. “It’s a staggering discovery, but I cannot fault your conclusions. Your research is flawless.”

“I wish I were wrong. This is going to change everything. Everything. I’m in shock, and I need your help. What do we do now?”

“I wish I knew. How can we tell the world that every lightning strike that has ever been seen has been caused by the arrival of an extraterrestrial visitor?”




  • from Amaster:

    What happens when lightning strikes the same place twice?

  • from KimuraCarter:

    You like adding twists at the end, don’t you? :-) Makes it almost irresistable to write a sequel …

  • from Compound Fracture:

    I hope you do. You’re sequel to ‘Guidance’ was great.

  • from Compound Fracture:

    Damn. Not comment edit. Not you’re. Your.

  • from White Hat:

    I hate the justification that fictional agencies always give for hiding information on the grounds that “it will cause a panic.”
    Progress does that. A good civilization gets over it without too much rioting. A bad civilization burns down cities over it.
    The bad ideas of the characters shouldn’t directly reflect on the author, though.
    How anyone would make such a discovery or how that sort of thing would make any sense, though, is another matter.