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    Primo stood beside his friend Harry at the
    base of the launch pads, watching the
    towering interplanetary ships standing before
    ”Amazing what we‘ve accomplished… as a
    race I mean”, said Harry.
    The cheering from the crowd made his voice
    almost inaudible.
    ”Yes Harry. I first thought of that on October
    15, 2412 at 9 o‘clock with 33 seconds. The
    moment I was activated”, Primo‘s distorted
    voice overpowered the noise around them.
    “Humanity’s accomplishments are many. Like
    The smell of candy and hot dogs made Harry‘s
    stomach grumble and made his mood lighten
    up. He placed one of his hands on Primo‘s
    metallic shoulder.
    ”I‘m going to miss you”
    ”I will miss you too Harry”
    ”I have to go now”
    ”I know Harry”
    A small tear formed on Harry‘s eye and he
    looked to Primo‘s face, to his bright luminous
    blue eyes.
    ”I know you think I don‘t feel like you Harry.
    But I do. It is just that I cannot form tears. I
    will miss you friend. But you will not be
    forgotten. You are forever stored in my
    memory and I will come to you in the future”
    ”Last call for all passengers of the Exodus 2.
    Please proceed to the boarding area”, the
    announcement was being made. Harry had
    decided to wait as long as he could. To keep
    Primo company. To see the blue skies of Earth
    for as long as possible.
    ”Thank you Primo. I‘ll be waiting for you”,
    Harry hugged him and he was hugged back.
    ”Go now friend. We‘ll see each other soon”
    Harry let go of Primo and waved a last
    goodbye. He walked towards the boarding
    platform. He felt strange, leaving the place
    where all of his ancestors had been born. All
    the people on Earth. Moving to another planet,
    to start a new generation, to begin a new life.
    He thought of everything that was
    accomplished, he thought of his parents. Long
    gone now. Before the cure of old age had
    been found. They‘d be proud of him. They‘d
    go with him.
    ”Sir please, this way”, a uniformed man
    signaled Harry to a large door on the side of
    the Exodus.
    ”Thanks”, said Harry, not caring if the man
    had heard him. Thinking of the trip to Mars.
    Thinking of ship‘s takeoff. Thinking of the
    future of man kind.
    A distant rumbling sound began to make its
    way to the ship‘s location. Barely audible, a
    thunder, a trembling, a sound too deep for
    humans to notice. Primo‘s head turned
    immediately to the its source. The sky.
    It was the Moon. Primo saw as it cracked in
    two colossal parts and an infinity of smaller
    pieces. Earth‘s satellite, the source of so many
    legends and tales, a giver of life, destroyed.
    The terraforming activities on it must have
    gone wrong. Very wrong. The monumental
    pieces of rock began to succumb to Earth‘s
    Primo‘s reaction was instant. He raced
    through the crowds at superhuman speed,
    throwing people out of his way when
    necessary, jumping them, going through them.
    Blood stained his metallic body as he
    smashed an old woman’s frail one. Screams
    reached his ears but quickly faded as he sped
    away from them.
    Chaos set in as the robotic AI sped through
    the people with no care. Police began to
    shoot, but Primo‘s agility was too great for
    human aiming. He ran through the park, then
    through the security post, screams and radio
    chatter reached him barely.
    He arrived at the Exodus 2′ entrance. Eight
    security guards aimed their guns at him.
    ”Halt right there!”
    Primo stopped and without delay said, ”Look”,
    the voice from his body erupted echoing
    through the platform as he pointed to the sky.
    Some of the Moon‘s smaller pieces were
    shining brightly as they entered the
    atmosphere. The larger ones steadily came
    Panic overcame the guards and everyone
    around Primo.
    ”Shut the boarding doors! We‘re leaving!”
    People ran into the ship as soon as they
    realized what was happening. Emergency
    procedures were activated. A small child was
    cut in two as the Exodus‘ door came down
    upon him. Screaming engulfed the platform.
    Primo knew he had done what was necessary,
    and he knew that he could do nothing else. He
    stood silent on the spot were the security
    guards had been waiting for him. People ran
    around him. Trying to force the ship‘s door
    open. Shots were fired to prevent it. People
    began to fall, to bleed, to die. The smell of
    iron and flesh began to fill Primo‘s sensors.
    He had smelled that before, during the war.
    Another rumbling began, this time the engines
    of the Exodus 1 began to roar. Crowds of
    people were thrown into the air by the sheer
    pressure, others were instantly incinerated,
    and the unlucky ones were set on fire and
    were running mad with no set path.
    Exodus 1‘ monstrous body began to rise
    slowly into the sky. The chaos and panic in
    the ground did not diminish the breathtaking
    view Primo was experiencing. A hundred
    thousand people being lifted in a flying city. A
    true marvel of human accomplishment.
    An explosion.
    A rock from then deceased Moon came down
    with terminal velocity burning bright and
    struck the Exodus 1. A fireball that
    encompassed half the launch platform erupted
    from it and the mammoth came down and
    crumbled to the ground. Killing in an instant
    half of the people meant to populate the new
    colony on Mars.
    “Captain we must take off now! The moon is
    about to come down on us!”
    Deafening alarms in the command center of
    the Exodus 2 blared, people screamed orders
    and Captain Otis scrambled to get the ship
    ready for takeoff.
    “Sol!”, the Captain grabbed him by the shirt
    and brought him close, “I don’t care what your
    Job is, find my son and let me know when you
    do. Go now!”
    Sol nodded through the chaos and ran outside
    the command center. The Captain checked the
    ship’s systems status and realized that
    despite the alarms in the room, the ship was
    ready for takeoff.
    The Captain looked outside through the large
    window in front of him, it was raining fireballs
    and the moon’s largest remains were getting
    closer. He grabbed the radio, “Sol! Where the
    hell is my son? We must go now!”
    “I can’t find him sir, I don’t know where he is!”
    The Captain shot up from his desk and ran
    towards security on the other side of the
    command center. Fifty screen showed the
    multitudes of people outside banging on their
    doors and running in a frenzy. He began to
    look through them.
    “Sir, what are you looking for?”
    “Eddy, I think my son is out there, help me
    look for him”
    The Captain began to grind his teeth as he
    became increasingly anxious. If they didn’t
    take off soon, he’d be responible for the death
    of every human being left.
    “There!”, exclaimed Eddy, “I think that’s them”
    “Yes! Open the door Eddy, let them in. Once
    they’re in close it. Close it no matter what,
    we’re taking off in one minute!”
    “Yes sir!”, Eddy executed the commands on
    his console as the Captain raced back to his
    The Captain grabbed the microphone and
    began, “Take off in T minus sixty seconds.”
    Primo watched as the doors to the Exodus 2
    reopened and a sea of people flooded the
    gates. It seemed endless, women, men,
    children. He couldn’t belive the Captain’s
    decision, they had to take off soon. He looked
    up at the sky and saw a large part of the
    moon at a dangerous distance.
    He jumped to a flagpole near his position and
    looked at the crowd of people stuck in the
    entrance of the the Exodus 2 and suddenly the
    gate began to rise. Hundreds of people began
    to scream in unison. Bodys exploded from the
    pressure as the gate made its way to the top.
    Blood drenched the ship and when the gate
    was a few feet from being closed it stopped. It
    jammed, the flesh of a hundred people
    clogged the rails of the gate.
    “No!”, Primo’s voice resonated through the
    platform. He jumped back to the ground and
    ran to the entrance, throwing people off his
    way as fast as he could. They were as good
    as dead anyway. He reached the gate and
    began to grab handfuls of the red pulp from
    the rails. People pulled at him, screamed at
    him. But he had no choice, he could no let
    Harry die. His hands went in and out,
    grabbing, pulling, ripping the corpses of the
    people in his way.
    The gate began to move again and Primo
    jumped off the top and began to walk away.
    The Exodus 2 started its takeoff and Primo
    watched from below the enormous power it
    generated to free itself from its planet‘s pull.
    He watched as it reached the upper layer of
    the atmosphere. Humanity‘s last hope. But it
    was too late. As the ship struggled to exit
    Earth the Moon crashed down on it. Erasing it
    from existance. Killing in a second everyone
    and everything on it.
    Primo watched the Moon come down into the
    atmosphere. Covering the sky with a red fire.
    Incinerating it.
    ”Goodbye Harry. I suppose we will not see
    each other soon, after all”.


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    Nice story

    Thumbs up :g

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    Sweet Stowi

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    thump up bro… BIG RATATA FOR U love it

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