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The Fall by xprojectd24 The Fall by xprojectd24
A lone man picked his way through broken pavement and dead grass towards the center of the bustling metropolis he had once called home. He wore a brown leather duster and a wide brimmed hat. The hat, made of smooth leather, featured small scratches and light spots from wear. The withered grass crumbled into dust as he tread on it. The amber sky testified to the destruction that had taken place. The remains of the city loomed like giant skeletons towering above the barren wasteland. Even from the outskirts of the city, he could already tell that his home was destroyed. There was nothing left but to move forward.

Soon, he found himself crushing small bits of rubble underneath his feet. The sensation was not unlike walking in thick rough snow, except that this snow was actually ash and other small bits of debris. As he progressed, his nose was assaulted with the stench of burning rubber and steel. The deafening silence was interrupted only by the occasional cracks and groans of the tattered buildings as they swayed in the wind. From his vantage point, he could see the remains of the harbor, ruined by the blast. Of the eight skyscrapers, one had been reduced to a stump, while only two were left standing, looking unstable at best. As the wind picked up, it carried with it the smell of death, destruction, and decay. Along he traveled; seeing sight after familiar sight, destroyed by the bomb.

Inundated with a bittersweet flood of memories of times gone by, he faced reality of what now was. The stinging streams of water left clean streaks on his otherwise dirty face, and the smell of salt partially replaced the sulfuric stench. Flashes of young children playing in the street were quickly replaced by rubble and debris. A formerly red tricycle lay mangled in the street, its paint stripped, and its remains covered in a thin layer of white powdery ash. An overpowering sense of loneliness fell over him. He truly was alone. The bombs had destroyed everything and everyone he had ever known.

Walking through the remains of the city center, his companion, silence, was interrupted by car alarms screeching like bats finding their way in the dark. Flashy billboards had become twisted mass of steel. Theaters lay in ruins, and the remaining projectors left eerie spotlights dancing across the darkened sky. He paused at a familiar bookstore which had once displayed beautiful blue awnings and a spectacular display window. The awnings were now tattered shreds of rough, dirty fabric, the display window was lying in pieces on the broken ground, and nearby, the books lay reduced to ashes. As he passed other buildings, he found dark shadows burned into the walls. Even the apocalypse could not completely erase the memories represented by each specter. The victims would be memorialized in their concrete tomb; each faceless person to be reflected upon by the ashes of the city in which they once lived.

Finally, he reached his former home. The Palladian windows had been shattered, and the left half of the house had been sheared off as if a monster had taken a bite out of it. Jutting pieces of jagged wood decorated the open side of the house like barbarian spikes just waiting for a head to be mounted on them. Pulverized brick lay smashed into tiny pieces. The sound of the house settling startled him as a small group of black shingles narrowly missed his head. His project, a red 1969 Ford Mustang, had been relegated to the same condition that it had been when he had first found it in a junkyard so many years ago. All of the windows were shattered with the rearview mirror ripped off. Hungry black holes existed where the headlights had once been, and the dents and tears in the body of the car made it look like it had been through a shredder.

He slowly walked into his house, careful not to disturb the delicate balance keeping the house standing. As he walked inside, his foot hit a solid object. He leaned down to find a small music box that he had given his wife for their anniversary the year before. As he opened it, its light tones contrasted violently with the damage around him. Quickly, he shut the box as he tried to contain the tears. When he turned, he was greeted with three dark shapes on the wall. Two of the shadows were less than three feet tall, and the other was a little over five. Seeing this, he fell to his knees in despair. Up until now, he had held out hope that his family might still be alive, but those shadows destroyed any hope he had left. Escaping from the house and into the street, his hat blew off in the process. Sadly, he picked up his hat and began trudging out of the city. There was nothing left but to move forward.


Made this for an English class of all things. I had been meaning to do something like this anyway, but this gave me a good excuse to finally make it.

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JillDragon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Not bad, but in an apocalyptic scenario I'd expect the boats in the harbour to look more damaged - masts snapped, holes in the sides, maybe some capsized, that sort of thing. A boat is generally more fragile than a concrete building, so it makes sense that if the buildings were decaying they'd be in an even worse state.
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Very true. I was to lazy to do that though. Time constraints didn't help me either.
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Sychaar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
This pretty much looks like the view outside my window. Except for the....destruction bit...
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
where do you live?
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Sychaar Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Miami, Florida. :) Waterway runs right behind my house out to the ocean.
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Sounds awesome!
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Sychaar Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
It is! But I was really surprised when I saw this. xD
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VassternichDrauka Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student Writer
Wow. How'd you manage to make this for an ENGLISH class? I wish my English teacher would give out assignments like this....
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
The assignment was to write a descriptive paper. He suggested finding or making something to visualize what we were writing about, so I decided to make this.
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VassternichDrauka Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Writer
Nice. Don't you love it when the teachers give you opportunities like this?
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Totally! He said he really liked it and encouraged me to do the same thing for future projects! :boogie:
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VassternichDrauka Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Writer
Woohoo! Score one for the artist/writers!!!!
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reverse-will Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the atmosphere in this one.
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
thank you
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reverse-will Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome!
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AshRandom Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
COOOOOLLLL!!!!!!!!!!

It's so creepy! :heart:
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thanks. Wait until I post the short story that I am writing to go along with it.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Good one!
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thank you.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
YW.
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sen-kun Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I love the colors. :D
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xprojectd24 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
thank you, it took a while to get them just right.
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