100 Stories- 100 Days – Short Story #10

100 Stories- 100 Days – Short Story #10
August 13, 2013 Miro Sevin Siegel

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The Day the Sun Stood Still

It was inexplicable. It just kind of… happened. The sun stopped moving for a full 24 hours, causing chaos and panic all around the globe. Bundled up in a lab high up in Siberia, a group of researchers and I tried to figure it all out while we watched the pandemonium unfold. The following is a report of what happened.

Hour 1: Everything was progressing as normal. It was during twilight that the sun stopped, and when the sun didn’t disappear after a few minutes, we became perplexed. We studied it closer and learnt it wasn’t moving.

Hour 2: People began to catch on and news reports emerged from every station in the world, spreading wonder and fear.

Hour 5: The population began to panic, and the authorities issued a curfew. They wanted the people to stay inside until all of this was over.

Hour 7: Society began to break down, and law became lawless.

Hour 9: Anarchy’s take over was complete and in full effect. There were no more broadcasts after this point.

Hour 10: Electricity became scarce in the less populated areas. Droughts began to happen on the illuminated side of the world.

Hour 12: Electricity vanished from the dense areas, and what was left of civilization was now gone. The countries that had no idea what was going on did now.

Hour 16: Millions of people have died from sun stroke, and even more froze to death. Famine ravished the land.

Hour 19: Our research facility (powered by solar panels) ran out of energy. We had to huddle together to maintain our body heat.

Hour 23: An eighth of the population had perished and a fourth was in bad condition.

Hour 24: The sun began to set and on another part of the world it began to rise. The governments began to regain control, and broadcasts were back online. One billion people died during the last 24 hours. Law came back into effect soon there after.

No one on Earth will ever forget the events of 9/7/2133, or as most people remember it: The Day the Sun Stood Still.

 

What is this? it’s part of the NEW PROJECT: 100 Stories- 100 Days – Send your suggestions for stories by submitting a title and genre and I’ll write it!

1 Comment

  1. Emy 7 years ago

    Great insight… Just the physics bother me (or I didn’t get you! My native language is not english): the sun does stand still, it’s Earth that moves. But you are right, people are so ethnocentric they would remember it as if it was the sun who was “guilty”.
    (You might enjoy a book by Isaac Asimov, I don’t know the english title, something like “When the darkness comes”. Great sci-fi!).

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