Uzoma Ezeson, Aba.
This is a mental projection of what will happen if the Sun were to burn the Earth.
I could hear voices from afar, echoing in my ears but being totally exhausted from the overtime I had at work, I had no intention of letting anything disturb my dreamy sleep. I dismissed the distant voices as unimportant and tried to get back to my dream but the voices grew louder, it kept increasing till the faintest unconsciousness was driven out of me and I was wide awake, that was when I became aware of my surroundings. There were shouts outside. I glanced at my clock; it was 11pm, May 5, 2013.
Lazily, I padded to the door and unlocked it. I was surprised to see my neighbors outside, they were horrified. Sensing my confusion, one of them my closest neighbor Zena, hustled to my side.
“Tina, haven’t you heard?” she asked me,
“Heard what?” I asked confusedly.
“Bro. Emeka was watching the CNN news and he saw a breaking news that Chile had a bloody day as the Ozone layer surrounding the sun has completely melted, the sun is a zillion times hotter than as usual, it’s unbearable heat is eating away everything in the country, whether plastic, rubber even metals, Humans cannot even go outside the safety of their homes, there is comotion”.
Dumbfounded by what she said, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t even think, I’m not into the science but I knew well enough about the Ozone layer stuff and its depreciation in the recent decades due to instant air pollution. (I was a Christian, very devoted), my mind drifted to the brawl I had with my colleague at work just few hours ago. I felt uneasy, why do I even have to feel this way, it’s just a news update. I was still lost in thought when my neighbor shook me.
“Tina, have you been listening to me?” you look shaken and lost, anyway, who wouldn’t be.
“Uhmm, S… sorry, what did you say?” I stuttered, trying to hide my obvious shock.
“Tina, I’ve just been wondering, what if the world comes to an end tomorrow?” That was when I looked at her closely; I’ve been too busy with my own fears that I didn’t notice her panic. She was really shaken, even than I was.
“Come on girl the world will still be here tomorrow, don’t worry too much” whether I was saying it is pacify her or to allay my own fears I didn’t know. I glanced around me and saw everyone shocked, I could hear noises from directions of churches praying fervently, the pastors urging everyone of them to confess their sins and give their lives to Christ that end was near.
At exactly 5 pm, the day started by breaking with fogs of rays of sun forming in the sky, at that time there was dead silence, the churches praying and speaking in tongues have ended their vigil with pastors confidently assuring their members of divine protection and of course going to heaven even the end was to come. Everyone was watching now, waiting dreadfully and patiently for the inevitable daybreak. It struck 6pm and before you know it, the sun broke forth; emitting it dangerous rays, the scorching heat that followed immediately confirmed the authencity of the news. Without even a word, everyone raced to his/her apartment.
Come and see Naija at that time. If the IT system of Chile was deteriorating by every 5 hours, Nigeria’s own was by every 5 minutes. The uncontrollably heat destroyed vegetations everybody’s skin was reacting in one or the other. There was instant famine and drought everywhere. The Air Conditioners has turned automatically to heating machines. The media kept warning people of the dangers of exposing their skin to the sun but you know Naija, “No matter what man must wack”. In that dreadful period people still went out to look for things to eat. It was really terrible.
Well, thank God for our renowned scientists, the situation was put at rest after a long wait of 2 weeks and as you know, the rest was history. Believe me, that two weeks seemed the longest 2 years of my life. I never even believed that the world would last for another week. It was horrible indeed but you know what, that was the biggest event of the history of man. It was a event I swore to myself never to forget.