Evan Quinlan

Almost to Fuji

In Drabbles, Fiction, Short Stories on October 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm

First Hillary and Norgay climbed Mount Everest and now this: another historic event.

The expedition left base camp at slack tide and continued up the northward ridge.  The change in atmospheric pressure had long become deadly for the climbers, who wore pressurized, solar-shielded suits only tested at elevations thousands of feet below their current position.  Finally, on a warm June afternoon, the party transcended the last layer of breathable atmosphere and emerged, triumphant, into the brave, new world above.

Hikaru screamed; just yards away what looked like large, robotic centipedes were crawling out of the ocean onto the Japanese shore.

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