NOTHING MUCH TO LOSE
NOTE: Everything in the story (except names of some major locations) was made up. The places and circumstances were edited. Movie 2012 doesn't belong to me.
Chapter 1: Upcoming disaster
Robert Lowe was holding the paper in his hand that was shaking. What he just found out was horrible news that just wiped out his sense of living. It was true. Yellowstone is going to explode and trigger a chain of other smaller volcanoes all over the continent. It meant a disaster. But not just volcanoes. The mega tsunami that could wipe off the surface of the earth. He looked at his co worker John Collins and Peter Barry.
"This is impossible." He said.
"We just found out its possible." John said.
"What are we going to do?"
"We need to tell to the government." Peter said.
Later at the White house.
Robert, Peter and John were walking in a company of security to president's office. "Sir," John started. "What you're about to hear is… is… horrible. All these things these disasters in the last few years are just the beginning of something a lot bigger."
"Believe it or not, the world we know is about to change. Drastically. Many people will die." Robert continued.
President Myers sighed and rubbed his eyes. "I don't want to hear anymore of these."
"But sir! This is important. Look at these." Peter said. "Look! These is how dramatically the Earth changed in the last few months. This is serious. Really serious."
Myers took the papers and looked at it. It took some time. "So it's true," he said.
"We need to do something. And fast." John said. Myers didn't say anything.
"Sir," John said. "How are we going to prepare 6 billion people for the end of the world?"
President Myers looked at John. "We won't."
It wasn't easy if you were only known as the outcast, not only in your class, but the whole school.
Tawny Malkovich was a student in Jefferson's secondary school in Toronto. She lived in Port Perry downtown. As we already know she was a bit socially awkward. She had only few friends she could actually call friends and even those were boys. Four months passed since first September, the worst day in her life. Worst day till now. There were some of her old school mates and they were bugging her since first grade. They were Nancy, Chloe and Catherine. They were acting like they were the leaders of the school. They were one year older than her and since she could remember, Tawny was the biggest outcast on the world, and so they convinced 80% people on school. Those 20% were 2% of geeks and 17% of punks, bullies and hackers. She knew her first year here will be crazy.
"Hey, hey, hey!" someone said to her. It was her friend Luke.
"Did you bring me back my Call of duty?"
"No, not yet. I'll bring it tomorrow."
Luke was a very athletic guy, always in moving and he always had his headphones on. They knew each other since 4th grade. There were two more guys she was hanging out; Kenny and Jimmy.
"Have you seen what happened in Japan? It was the worst earthquake in the history. That's… bogus!" Kenny said passing her the newspaper.
"There's nothing 'bogus' about it. Millions of people died. Ehh…" she sighed and looked at the newspaper. "What's happening with this world?"
"Nothing great. There've been too many natural disasters in the last few years. I'm getting kinda worried." Jimmy said.
"Ok, let's focus on the new game coming out next week. Can you guess which?" Luke asked thrilled.
"Assassins creed…?" Tawny asked.
"Not just Assassins creed! Assassins creed 4!"
"Do you only care about video games?"
"Oh come on Tawny! You should be happy about it too!"
She rolled her eyes.
"It's going to be an Xbox edition."
"Whatever. Let's go to the class Kenny. Se you two guys later." When she turned around she collided with someone. "Oh- oww!" she yelled. Her nose was bleeding.
"Oh shit I'm so sorry!" he said. She looked at him to see if she should punch him back. He had red short pointy hair, taller figure and a kinda pretty face for a 'day walker' from second B class.
"No, no, no it's fine. It just hurts… it's not your fault."
"I shouldn't turn around so rapidly. I'm really sorry. Do you need a napkin or something?"
"That's ok I'm fine. I was heading to the bathrooms anyway."
"Do you want me to go with you? Are you sure you're ok?"
"Yes, I'm fine."
Her shirt had red marks of blood on it and the notebook she had in her hand was on the floor. As she was expecting, Nancy, Chloe, Catherine and few other girls were laughing their asses off but others just couldn't get what was so funny about it. So she was late for the French lesson. Teacher was angry on her without any technical reason no matter Kenny explained what happened and Tawnys apology. Well, who understands teachers?
"So where will you guys be during the holidays?" Tawny asked Luke, Kenny and Jimmy. Her nose still hurt and it was blue and red like she was in a big fight. The school nurse wasn't on the school so she was heading to the doctor now.
"We're probably going to our house on the country side near that ski run we go every year. Do you guys wanna come with us?" Jimmy asked.
"Sure." Kenny said.
"My parents will probably let me to come." Luke said. "What about you?"
"So it isn't boys only this time?" She asked. They looked at each other and shook their heads. "I… I need to talk to my dad. He'll probably let me go but he'll have to speak with your folks."
"Oh come on Tawny! Since your mother left you never go anywhere with us." Kenny said.
"I'm just… it's not up to me you know…" she stopped a bit and looked towards the entrance of the school. "Stupid day walker…" she said when she saw that ginger who hit her earlier in the morning. "Listen, I'm about to get going. My bus departs in few minutes. Se ya…"
"Bye…" Kenny, Jimmy and Luke said in one voice. Tawny looked at the school parking line and saw the ginger; she'll call just Ginger, walking towards the bus stop. How come she never saw him on the station? Oh, of course… he's got a car. Fancy. A long drive home, about an hour and then few minutes of walking to Highland beach. As usually, she was first at home. Her dog, fawn boxer, waited for her on the garden and happily ran towards her. "Hey Kayla!" Something was wrong. She looked nervous. "What's wrong girl?" Tawny went to the fridge and took out a bag of ice and put it on her nose. "Ahh… what a day…" she sighed. The doors opened. Her father came. He was working in Port Perry marina at one of the Environmental protection agency unit. "Hey dad."
"Hi Tawny." He said. His voice was worried.
"What's wrong?" she asked.
"Nothing? Why would anything be wrong?"
"I know you; I can hear there's something wrong."
"Why do you have such a funny voice? Did you cot a cold?"
"I had an accident in school."
"Holly- What happened to you? Did… ugh Tawny how many times do I need to tell you to not fight with boys-"
"Dad, I wasn't fighting. I accidentally collided with a guy. Nothing special. I was about to go to the doctor but I changed my mind."
"Is it broken?"
"Don't think so."
"Maybe you should go."
"Dad I'm fine, really." She paused. "Can I go with Jimmy's to their lodge next week?"
"I thought we're going to spend the New Year together."
"It's just for few days. And Jimmy's parents are going to be there. Come on dad. Please."
"I'll think about it."
In his dictionary 'I'll think about it' was a polite expression for 'No'.
"So… what's all the worry?"
"There's something wrong with Lake Scugog. It… it almost vanished this morning."
"Really? Oh crap."
"Yeah… I'm worried about it. It's not normal."
"Well… maybe it's just normal for this time of year."
"You should see this."
Tawny followed him out. Their house was looking at the lake. But the only thing was; there was almost no lake! "What the-? I didn't think this is so serious!"
"It is serious all right."
"Did you report it to Environmental Protection Agency HQ?"
"Yes, but they don't know what's wrong. They said things changed a lot in last few years. I think it did."
Tawny later called Kenny.
"Wassup Taw?" He said a little bit uninterested.
"There's something serious going out here. The whole lake vanished!"
"Shit. Well, Wilcox Lake is kinda half gone too. EPA is working on the fish rescuing or something."
"And guess what? Luke and Jimmy called earlier and told me their houses are flooded."
Tawny was speechless. "Dad!" she hung down the phone.
"What is it?" he asked.
"It' same at Wilcox and Lake Ontario flooded Wads island and Ajax."
"I know I just got the call. Listen, I gotta go. We need to check out what's going on and take some samples of water or something, never mind you wouldn't understand. I'll be back."
"But dad, wait! When are you going-" He closed the doors and left. "-to come back…" It was very sad when he left like this. It happened often. Tawny sat down and turned on the TV. News again… she was about to switch the program but then she saw there was something about floods.
"Reporting from all over the world; floods, tornados, earthquakes and volcano eruptions. Floods all over the Europe are mostly at the rivers but now also at the seas. While Mediterranean Sea sea level is rising, Baltic is lowering. Meanwhile in USA and Canada are some unusual reports about floods and volcanic activity around Yellowstone national park. Stay tuned for more informations." The reporter said.
"What the hell is going on?" Tawny asked herself. She took the phone and called Kenny back. "Kenny, turn on the news."
"What? Why?" he asked surprised.
"Just do it."
Kenny ran downstairs and turned on the TV. The images he saw were shocking. "Oh shit. So this is happening all over the world?"
"I don't know. My dad just left to search out this thing. It's bad."
"Let's just forget about it ok. Until we see what's actually going on. Don't panic."
"Ok, you're right. Maybe everybody is a bit over reacting, including me."
Damn math class. There were only 15 minutes until the end of the class but the bell just wouldn't ring. After math they had 30 minutes break for snack. Tawny looked at the watch and back to the notebook. She started writing the numbers but then a rapid shake broke her pencil. Everyone gasped. Ground shook again. It was an earthquake.
"Leave the building!" Teacher yelled. Everyone ran trough the door to the hallway towards the stairs. This was the worst earthquake. Probably. The ground was shaking and it just wouldn't stop. Tawny was looking at the messy crown running up and down to find Luke, Jimmy and Kenny. There was no time, she had to run out. She headed towards the stairs and ran down. Then the roof cracked and collapsed. The bits of it fell right on Tawny's leg. She yelled from pain. The exit was close. She crawled out where it was still chaos. People running all around the place, some buildings were collapsing.
"Help!" she yelled. She felt a hand on her shoulder that scared her. She looked up. It was that ginger from few days before that broke her nose.
"Let me help you." he said. He helped her towards the car and sat in.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
"I'm 16 it's legal to drive with that age. What does it look like I'm doing?"
"I need to find my friends."
"There's no time. We need to go."
"Where are we going?"
"Somewhere away from the city and buildings."
"I need to go home to see if my dad is ok."
"Where do you live?"
"At Port Perry."
"I live there too. But it's too far."
"Please, what ever your name is. I need to see if he's ok."
"Fine. But after that I don't know what to do."
They drove while on the streets ruled chaos. The buildings were collapsing and the road cracked on half.
"Quickly! We haven't got much time." He said and helped her towards the house.
"Kayla!" Tawny yelled. Kayla ran towards her. Tawny then looked towards the house from where the dog came. Ruined. "Dad! No!"
"Come on! Let's move. Maybe he wasn't inside."
"Where! We have nowhere to go! This is global! Don't you watch the news?"
For a moment the ground stopped shaking. Sacred silence. But then Kayla started barking. It was a sign something wasn't right. Tawny looked towards the North-West. It was something like and explosion.
"Oh shit…" she said.
"Do we have a volcano?"
"Quickly, let's go to the car! We need to go away from here."
They sat into the car and ginger tried to start the car. "It's not working!"
"What do you mean it's not working?"
"I have no gas. Come on, come on. Start already!"
"Hurry up ginger! I think we're going to be fried if we don't move."
"My name is Clyde."
"Nice to meet you Clyde. What the fuck do we do now?"
"Let's go out." There was a car coming towards their direction. It had an American registration. Weird."Hey!" Clyde started yelling towards a car. Unbelievably, it stopped.
"Get in!" It was a maybe 30 year old man who looked like a nerd. Clyde, Tawny and Kayla jumped into the car and the mad driven of.
"Sir! Do you have any idea what's going on?" Tawny asked.
"You won't believe me anyway." He said. Clyde and Tawny looked at each other.