Who said we'd be stretched into thinnest strands once a black hole vacuums our planet. Who said that no one will survive. But no one ever said what the other side looks like. Of what's awaited for us.
They didn't know we'd be transported to a bit similar planet of Earth. They didn't know it's near to a paradise. They didn't know there were humans that look like us who do exist. With their blue eyes, super white complexion, and taller heights.
But they won't talk to me. How will I converse with them? How will I able to understand them. They just look at each others' eyes and nod. Their stares are hurting my very own eyes. I know they're talking about me, or better to say that they're mind talking about me. It must be telepathy. I don't possess such ability. But I hope I'm having it at this very moment. They're just being unfair.
But wait, why are they walking towards me. Three of them. All of their eyes on me. What have I done to them? Should I run or to stay calm. No. I must run. I. Must. Run.
"Mom. don't hang up yet. I'm on my way.", I said in a sad tone.
"My dear. Your younger brothers are worried about you. And this... Drak, or what they call this unbelievable black hole. Are we going to die?", Mom asked, worried.
"Mom, I'm almost there. Just don't put the phone down."
"The news on TV said that Mars was already eaten by this black hole. What does this mean my dear? How big is this Drak's mouth to devour an entire planet?".
Mom's bringing up a humor while there were tears on her face. I may not see her but I can hear her cry over the phone.
I shouldn't have left home. I shouldn't have set my pride aside. It was just a little fight between a mother and her son. If only Dad was still alive, our family could have been better than this.
"Mom, it's going to be alright. Where's Tyler and Jeanne? Are they being calm? Mom?"
I can hear the screeching sound from the television. I think the signal getting distorted this time. I should hurry now.
"Mom! Can you still hear me?" Mom!"
"My.... dear.... Tyler and.... Jeanne.... they're with me.... Please.... do.... hurry...", Mom's words in glitches.
And I drove my car the fastest as it could. The streets were empty. No one dared going out from their houses. Who would not get frightened with this kind of terror that the universe has to offer.
I can remember how these black holes were taught in classrooms, and that they always seemed so far away. But that was before, Drak has just devoured Mars. How can the Earth avoid it?
I slowed down as I was about to arrive at our house's front gate. I stepped out of the car and left it opened. I'm in a rush. I have to get to my family. Opened up the gate and went to the door directly. As I opened it, I saw them near the dining couch. They remained there. Sobbing, with their hands clumped together.
"Mom!", I said.
"Theodore! My dear!", Mom replied with a teary smile.
Mom stood up and gave me a tight hug. With Jeanne and Tyler running towards me and hugged my waist.
"Thank God you're here. Don't run away again, even in heaven.", Mom teased.
"Never going to happen Mom.", I replied. Crying on her right shoulder.
The siren rang. The television screeched louder showing black and white pixels on its screen. Lights flickering. I took a peek at my phone, but no signal bars. Is this for real? Will Drak really devour Earth?
The sky outside is getting darker. It's yet noontime. A normal day have a bright sun, not this. They said, it may take time before Drak get's closer to Earth. But the environment outside seemed like Drak's just a stone's throw away.
We just stayed at the couch until the next day.
I woke up with my Mom lying on my left shoulder with her arms around my chest. Jeanne in between, with her head on my left lap. Tyler on my right sleeping tightly, leaning on my right shoulder. I didn't wake them up.
I turned my sight towards the nearest window. It's darker outside. I rushed seeking the clock. It's yet 6:20 am. This is not getting better. But worse. Then I felt a bit hungry. We just skipped dinner. I can't believe we slept almost a quarter of a day.
"Mom. Care to open up your eyes? We're going to die from hunger, and not because of this Drak."
Mom slightly moved, with her eyes half open.
"Are we in heaven my dear?", Mom spoke with a broken voice.
"I can't believe you Mom. But not yet Mom. We need to eat first."
We left the television on with the same glitches on the screen. Picked out my phone from my right pocket, slowly, so Tyler won't get disturbed from sleeping. And seeing that the signal bars seemed lost like forever, I can't even call Grey.
Mom stood up, slowly lifted Jeanne and laid her on the next couch. And I slowly moved away from Tyler, assisting his head with my left hand and bit by bit laid him down.
"I'll just prepare something out from the fridge my dear. Then you can wake Tyler and Jeanne.", Mom said.
"Ok Mom. Just call me whenever you need assistance."
"No thanks my dear. I'm not that old. I think this'll be my last chance to cook your favorite food.", Mom said while her last words sounded blurry.
"If it wasn't because of this Drak, we won't be able to have a taste of your specialty again, like ever huh."
Mom just turned around and walked towards the kitchen. And I headed the opposite. Turned the television off and continued walking towards the door. I took a peek outside, opening the door slightly. It's totally dark outside. The streetlights must have been busted earlier due to their non stop flickering. Glad ours didn't bust but might not work anymore. I opened the door enough that I can get outside. The feeling's different. Felt a bit lighter. The gravity must have been lessen. This is not good.
Then I saw someone running outside, with a flashlight swinging from all directions. What a brave human being.
Did I just hear my name?
Someone just called my name. Running.
The light from the flashlight pointed at my face hurting my eyes.
"Why didn't you yelled back? I thought my voice was loud enough for you to hear me!", a girl's voice yelled loudly.
"Whoa! I can definitely hear you."
"That sounds better.", the girl said, catching her breath.
"And look who's here. Grey!"
I was totally surprised. Then she hugged me tightly.
"I can't believe this is happening.", Grey spoke, started sobbing.
"C'mon Grey. Get inside. Calm down first."
"O... Ok", Grey said.
We walked directly towards the third couch on the left, sat down quietly so my siblings won't get disturbed. Grey sat beside me and leaned on my left shoulder. I tried calming Grey by embracing her with my left arm and tapping her back gently. Seemed working.
"Right before the news went out, leaving black and white glitches, the black hole has taken Mars out from the universe. You know what that means, right?", Grey worried.
I don't know what to say to her. I don't want her to get worried more. If I tell her that we only have 2 days left before Drak will completely vacuum Earth, it might freak her out.
"Oh dear Grey, you're here. Your timing is just perfect. I just prepared breakfast for everyone.", Mom said.
Grey took a quick stare at me. She might be wondering why Mom looks not afraid at all. She then smiled at Mom and wiped her little tears.
"Can we turn the television on for the last time?", Grey requested.
"But the signal was already out. The phone's even without a signal bar. But wait...", I said while looking at my phone near the television set. The screen lit up, a sign that a signal must have been caught.
"Turn the television on, now!", I said.
As Grey turned on the television, a man's voice can be heard clearly.
"...Drak. For less than two days, probably the moon will get swallowed. We know what will happen next. All we can do now is to pray the hardest... Let's pray... that we'd be saved from this."
First time to ever see a news anchor shed tears on screen. I felt him. But I can't forgive how he mentioned that we only have less than 2 days, adding terror to my family. I turned around and looked at Mom. I can feel her sadness this time. The saddest look and aura from her. She just kept her stare on the television screen, not moving a bit. Then tears shimmered, falling from her eyes.
Then I turned to Grey. And to Tyler and Jeanne. They looked frightened. How am I going to calm them, now that they know that our lives will last in less than 2 days.
And just as the news anchor was about to speak again, the television went out again. The signal must have been distorted again. Then I turned it off. I paused near the television set, looked down and stared at my phone. No signal bars. But there's a new message. To my curiosity, I opened it up.
The moon has just been devoured by Drak. The Earth is next. And we only have less than a day.