An ordinary day in Porton on 21 December, 2012. Several people are freaked out about the sky, but nobody is particularly worried or informed yet.
Police Commander Silverstein makes his daily rounds, and has cheese for lunch. A brief phone call to Northtown reveals very little and is abruptly cut off.
Reverend Mendel reads the bible (John 3:16), buys some fish and writes a sermon on Revelations in the highway burger shop.
Theodore Dodge searches the internet for any information regarding the skies, but finding only panic and misinformation, goes back to organising the New Year’s drug distributions. He also has lunch in the burger shop, and a very awkward conversation with both Fred and Bruce.
Night falls. Theo has trouble sleeping, but sees no change in the skies. Bruce sleeps like a log, while Fred wakes up right on time for his 2am round.
He does a circuit of Lower Porton and is halfway through Upper Porton when he notices an incoming comet/meteor. He begins to alert the town, horse-sirens blazing, and the screaming begins. Most people flee for the hills. Mendel awakes and begins to ring the church bell, alerting Theo. Theo begins to pack everything important, worrying for his safety as those he deals with come after him. As he leaves, he breaks into and loots many Lower Porton houses, recovering a reasonable supply of food.
The blue comet hits the bridge in the centre of town, destroying the bridge and causing damage to the surrounding area. In the docks, Crane #4 still stands.
Bruce searches the university for Frank, finding him and other staff members calmly drinking tea. On the way out he encounters Theo, who is looting the university labs, and tells him of the relief zones at the hospital and church. Theo retreats to the hills overlooking Highway 14.
Bruce and Fred search the houses to the south of the crater, finding them mysteriously empty. They then oversee a team to lift the blue box from the river and drag it into the police station for further examination.
The green comets still hang ominously in the sky as dawn breaks on the first day of the end of the world.
- The falling comet
- The empty houses south of the river
- A sudden disconnection in the phone line to Northtown
- Sydney reports that they have their own issues to deal with, but an earlier call to Macquarie University revealed nothing of the sort.