Chapter 1: The woman on the rock
‘‘There weren’t always dragons in the Valley. Three months ago there were no dragons in the Valley at all. Now it is filled with them.’’ The woman sat upright in bed and leaned back against the bedhead. She closed her hazel eyes, wincing from the pain of her exertion, and then opened them again. She turned her head slightly to the right to face her rescuer, Captain Venus Sable. Venus stared at the woman intently, silently imploring her to continue her account. The woman obliged.
Ruins and ruminations
Eone’s phone buzzed in her left pocket. Startled, she looked around to see if anyone had noticed. No one had. She slowly drew the phone out of her left pocket, glancing around once more to make sure nobody was watching her. Eone unlocked her phone and brought up her latest message.
The Sea Wall
On Saturday, as is my wont, I strolled up to the waterfront and contemplated the end of the world. I walked out of my cold, gray apartment block and set out down Ocean Road. In the distance, I spotted the familiar sight of a giant wall. I have walked this path for many years, but the sight of that tall, gray wall never fails to fill me with sadness. Our greatest achievement. Our greatest tragedy.