*This is a fictional short story in 'progress'. I'll be writing a little more every other day. This is the first draft, I'll be revising and editing as I go along with the story. I have no idea about the ending yet. This is an experiment. I'd like to have your comments and feedback. Be patient, and treat me nice. (Edmundo Barraza)
His name was Lucius Night. He was one of the last two humans left on earth. The other one was Katana Luna.
Humans had finally done it. Five hundred years before, global warming had become a reality. Back then, skeptical people did not believe this could be possible. Humankind had provoked its own extinction. Sadly (or gladly) humans were the only species disappearing from this planet. The animal kingdom had realized that humans were the culprit of this bizarre phenomenon. Therefore they turned against humans. Mankind had always underestimated animals, but humans were included in the animal kingdom. And the equilibrium of nature invariably succeeds. Sometimes certain species had to perish in order for others to remain alive.
All animals in the world began to grow in physical size and intellectual brain power. Rats grew double their size every hundred years, and the rest of the animals, accordingly too. The main food source for all animals in general, and their common enemy was the human race now. They began to eat humans. It was the perfect logical solution, kill and feed, double reasonable objective. Thus began the human extinction in the year 2025.
It took five hundred years to accomplish such monumental task. At first, it appeared impossible, the total eradication of humans from the face of the earth. But we knew that if unattended, a house could be devoured by an infestation of rats, cockroaches and termites in a less than fifty years. Humans, not only had left their house unattended, they had totally cooperated for its destruction. They had complete knowledge of this possibility five hundred years ago. But all powerful nations were blaming each other. And they kept generating new wars, adding salt to the wound, accelerating their deserving fate. Their past, present and future took five hundred years to accomplish its end. Their future is now their past.
Lucius Night and Katana Luna were the last two human survivors. There was nobody else to hope for the human survival. Nobody else was cheering for their success.
Adam and Eve didn’t have such an impossible task.
In the twentieth third century, the life expectancy for humans had been from a hundred and fifty to two hundred years. Many illnesses had been eradicated, many vices didn’t exist anymore. No alcohol, no tobacco, no sugar, and no animal fat were consumed. That century had been the peak for human excellence. Body and mind at their best. In the year 2300 the population had been steadily controlled at twelve billion, but from then on, the situation rapidly deteriorated.
Lucius Night had a superior mind than most scientists from the twentieth first century. Katana Luna had a JEN chip implanted before she was born. They were human computers. They were bigger, taller and stronger than their human counterparts from five centuries before. But they were still vulnerable to the rest of the animal kingdom, where a rat was as big as a cat, and a cat was the size of a tiger, and a tiger was like, well, it’s not too hard to guess the rest. From year to year, the size increase could not be noticeable, but in five hundred years, the difference was humongous.
Having a common enemy, animals had become allies to fight against humans. The animal kingdom had significantly reduced killing each other to feed from one another; half of them had adopted a semi vegetarian diet. The other half was consuming human flesh, which seemed to be addicting, judging from the amounts they were ingesting. The supply also seemed unlimited. They also had increased their brain capacity. Perhaps a new evolution had begun. Nature had taken over again, back to zero. A new theory of evolution had to start. The most advanced animal species were chimps, orangutans and baboons. It appeared that history could repeat itself.
But there were two humans left.
Lucius and Katana didn’t know they were the only humans left. They had not seen other people for a long time. The last time Lucius saw his parents was soon after his mom had delivered Katana Luna. Many months had passed since they left the cave. Lucius knew that there was a slim chance for him and her sister to survive. Katana was a powerful reason to fight.
It was hard to guess Lucius Night’s age, due to the new human life expectancy. But his entire responsibility and main purpose in life was to protect his little sister, Katana Luna. Whatever his age was, he was far more intelligent and strong than he appeared.
If Lucius and Katana had a projected life span of two hundred years, age could be calculated this way: From zero to twenty years of age was considered infancy, from twenty to sixty: adolescence, from sixty to a hundred and twenty: adulthood, and from a hundred and twenty to two hundred it was considered old age. (That is if they could survive, and if they were living under normal circumstances.) There were seventy three thousand days in two hundred years, and every single day was going to be a struggle to remain alive.
That’s right, Adam and Eve didn’t have such an impossible task.
Just like Adam and Eve, Lucius and Katana were responsible for the future of mankind. Adam and Eve did their best, but they did not succeed. From the story of the Tree of Knowledge, it all went down in a disastrous decline. But their decline had lasted thousands of years. If Lucius and Katana were pretending to save the human race, first and foremost, they had to implant one thing into the minds of future generations: They had to respect their home. Humankind was one People, and planet Earth was their only home. They had to take care of it, and they had to keep it clean and in good health.
God had never intervened since Adam and Eve, and Lucius and Katana were not expecting his help.
God had probably left already. After all, there was nothing to supervise anymore.
Several things had contributed to the human extinction: Overpopulation, global warming, nuclear wars and pandemics. The excess of human population and their unnecessary exploitation of energetics forced global warming. Then a few nations trying to control world dominance initiated nuclear wars, along with biological warfare and handling of other weapons of mass destruction, some of the after effects of this madness triggered various pandemics. And of course all these catastrophes were caused by humans.
If there was anything certain in the Bible, it had to be Armageddon. The end of times scenario was many times worse than anyone could have imagined. But since humans began to disappear, the planet’s landscape had improved greatly. The big metropolises like New York, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro became the most beautiful jungles in the world. The deserts began to shrink as soon as humans started to vanish. All damage done or influenced by humans had started to reverse gradually but noticeable after the first signs of human extinction. Nature was finally getting rid of a grave illness: humanoid overcrowding.
Lucius and Katana had only two weapons to defend themselves. Katana Luna had the paralyze waver. A hand gun design to send air waves in all directions capable to paralyze all non-human animals in a radius of a hundred feet; the effect could last from two to six hours, depending on the animal size. It was a non-lethal weapon. Lucius had the invisible laser-blazer, an accurate body heat seek-ray weapon powerful enough to disintegrate a whale in a fraction of a second. Disintegrate, not explode.
Most of their knowledge had been implanted or absorbed during their twelve month gestational period. Knowledge especially prepared by their parents, knowing in advance that a human extinction was fast approaching, so they had specific training in survival skills. Their food source and diet was contained mainly in pills rich in artificial nutrients and proteins, including water. Each pill had a slow, energy release that lasted a week. They had a little over a thousand units, to last about five hundred weeks, or approximately ten years.
Twelve billion people had disappeared in the last five hundred years, and all that the world contained, had thrived without humans. The apocalyptic images had been erased. Earth was beating at a lower speed, the world was happy. Nature didn’t need men. The world had no use for mankind.
The place chosen by Lucius' parents for a shelter was a cave on a mountain range, less than a mile from the ocean. The animal invasion to the cities was an amazing collaborative operation in which at least two dozen different animal species had participated. With no apparent leader, the animals had to be communicating telepathically or another mysterious way.
During the day, diverse animals, including former house pests, organized the attack, dogs, cats, mice, spiders, ants, cockroaches, birds and snakes. The size of dogs and cats had increased so much that they could not be kept in houses. Domestic animals didn't exist anymore. House pests could only be controlled by professional exterminators. Weapons were created especially to get rid of these pests. At night, different kind of animals emerged, like rats, bats, wolves, coyotes, bears and others.
The military began to help, but they were ordered to withdraw because they were causing more damage than help. Besides, American people were well armed, but they were overwhelmed by the enormous amount of attackers.
At such horrific carnage, people began to lose their sensitivity at the sight of human loss. Even if their own children were devoured in front of their eyes, but they had to take care of themselves, there was no time for crying, and they had to run. Eventually, things settled down, but never completely. Other tragedies began to occur. With toxic waste, new viruses appeared, pandemics of such virulence and infectiousness that decimated human population even more. In order for humans to survive, they had to ignore their jobs, and as a consequence, famine showed up, and it was unmerciful.
Cities and communities were evolving in isolating tribes, fleeing to caves in mountains, to open fields and deserts, forests and underground caves and tunnels. But there was no escape and no solution; animals were bigger outside city limits.
Of all possible extinction events, only a pandemic was selective enough to eliminate humanity, while leaving the rest of animal life on earth, relatively unscathed.
Lucius dared to venture outside the cave occasionally, to hunt for food. He evaluated the risk of leaving Katana Luna in the cave, or taking her with him. Most of the time he preferred to leave her behind. Sometimes he would return with fish or birds, the only kind of animals that Lucius considered safe for human consumption, and Katana’s favorite food.
When he came back, he found two paralyzed wolves at the entrance of the cave. After he took them outside and shot them with the D. I. (disintegrating) gun, he decided never to leave Katana alone again. If she had been asleep, there wouldn’t be any traces of her left. That night, he thought if that would have been the case; he’d kill himself for sure.