After an apocalyptic event--a devastating earthquake and acid rain--the world merges with a parallel reality. Atmospheric gases obscure the sun and strange entities haunt the night, but a group of survivors go on a journey to seek aid.
Lucian Seagrave, a city boy with aspirations of becoming a rock singer, discovers Raide, a former monk from the adjacent reality. Raide reads auras and knows Lucian is fated to be Raide's soul mate.
But the Dark Ones are lurking and the hope to find help fades when the ragtag group keeps running into one abandoned and destroyed location after another. But Lucian and Raide quickly learn they have to fight for each other and those they love.
The end of the world arrived on a Monday like any other.
Lucian Seagrave witnessed it. Lucian and Mauro, his work colleague, went outside to throw some empty fruit boxes into the recycling container. They exited the produce warehouse behind the grocery store where they worked, and stopped.
Mauro looked up and observed the sky, then pulled down his hood to scratch his head. “What the hell?”
Lucian joined him and together they watched greenish clouds cover the entire sky. The angry, puffy swirls moved fast, driven by updrafts, spreading more and more. They hung so low and close it seemed like Lucian could reach out and touch them.
“Good heavens.” Mauro stepped back.
He didn’t have time to say anything else. A powerful roar began from somewhere beneath their feet, rising up into the air. Lucian knew immediately what it was. “Shit.”
He didn’t worry. Not yet. An earthquake had hit their city a few years earlier. The buildings were quake-proof, even the grocery store warehouse. Lucian thought he’d seen everything there was to see concerning natural disaster.
The rumble grew to a deafening sound and in the fallow field behind the warehouse land that should be solid rose like a liquid mass. A pylon wobbled, the electric wires snapped and hissed like whips, as powerful blue flashes sprang from the torn ends. The earth rushed towards them.
Lucian grabbed Mauro’s sleeve. “We have to warn everyone to get out, now!”
Both turned and ran towards the warehouse, but the wave reached them. It lifted them up and threw them sideways like twigs while the asphalt cracked and moaned and separated into blocks.
Lucian fell to the ground. He couldn’t do anything while the warehouse shook like a house of cards. The windows exploded in sequence, the beams of the structure groaned, then the roof collapsed exhaling a thick cloud of dust and debris that blinded him for a moment. Lucian coughed and spat out the plaster dust. He was already on his feet and caught sight of Mauro, sitting on the ground.
“You okay?” Lucian asked, grabbing him by the sleeve.
Mauro’s gaze remained fixed on the collapsed warehouse, which became more and more visible as the dust settled. “My god.” He was in shock, but he didn’t seem injured.
“Wait here,” Lucian said. “I have to go and help the people stuck inside.”
He was particularly worried about one person, a very special person.
Lucian ran off.
* * * *
Leaving the area of the collapsed warehouse, Lucian took in the scene before him. The sheds of the industrial area fell like dominoes as the shock wave reached them. Lucian’s heart leapt up to his mouth. The destruction ran from south to north, heading towards the city under the greenish threatening clouds in the sky.
In that moment, Lucian realized more than an earthquake had hit the area. Then, rain began to fall.
First, just a few drops sizzled on the dusty split asphalt. Lucian barely noticed it, horrified by the flattened sheds and the terrible running destruction heading at full speed towards the town. But a drop landed on his cheek.
“Damn,” Lucian said, touching his face.
The raindrop burned his skin. He looked at his fingers and saw the viscous and searing liquid on his glove. Acid. Lucian worked with fruit and vegetables, and for hygiene reasons, wore a plastic suit, gloves, and a hood. They saved his life.
Acid rain pelted his suit and singed the asphalt. Its pace increased, sweeping in like a thunderstorm. “Shit!”
Lucian exclaimed. He pulled his hood down over his eyes and began to run again.