A/N - I don't own Twilight.


Prologue - The Future's Overrated

April 13th 2412 – This day in history (abridged version).

837 - Best view of Halley's Comet in 2000 years.

1204 - Constantinople is conquered by the Fourth Crusade, temporarily ending the Byzantine Empire.

1241 - Battle at Theiss: Mongols defeat Hungarian King Bela IV.

1360 - On 'Black Monday', a hail storm kills an estimated one thousand English soldiers in Chartres, France. The storm and the devastation it caused also played a role in the Hundred Years' War between England and France.

1367 - Battle at Najera Spain: Castilie and England conquer Aragon and France.

1556 - Portuguese Marranos (secret Jews) who revert to Judaism are burned by order of the Pope.

1759 - French forces defeat European Allies in Battle of Bergen.

1865 - Battle of Raleigh, North Carolina.

1873 - Colfax Massacre in Grant Parish Louisiana in which sixty African Americans were killed.

1919 - The British Army fires on rioters in India killing hundreds of Indian Nationalists during the Amritsar Massacre.

1923 - One of the worst storms in years hits the Japanese and Korean coastlines and is believed to claim over hundreds of lives. Rescue ships from the U.S. were delayed in their rescue mission due to the severe winds and waves.

1949 - The Nuremberg Trials ended with 19 top aides to Adolf Hitler receiving up to 25 years for their involvement in war crimes against humanity.

1954 - Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atomic bomb) accused of being a communist.

1959 - Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed).

1960 - France becomes the fourth nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in the Sahara.

1965 - Flood conditions along the Mississippi effect Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota with mass evacuations and a number of deaths.

1970 - Apollo 13 announces, "Houston, we've got a problem!" as a Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to the Moon forcing the astronauts to abandon their mission and head home.

1975 - At least seventeen people are left dead and thirty wounded in an ambush by right-wing Lebanese forces on a bus carrying Palestinians in Beirut. This signals the beginning of fifteen years of the civil war in Lebanon between the Maronite Christian groups and the Muslim militia.

1989 - Israeli soldiers carry out a raid on a West Bank village leaving at least six Palestinians dead. This is part of the continuing attempts to quell the Palestinian uprising.

1992 - A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Netherlands, and the Great Flood hits Chicago in the U.S.

1994 - Presidential Guards in Kigali machete twelve hundred church members to death as part of the Rwandan Genocide.

2006 - Tornadoes strike Iowa City, causing severe property damage. It was the first tornado ever to be recorded to hit Iowa City directly. The Tornadoes that strike Iowa City are considered to be part of the Easter Week 2006 Tornado Outbreak.

2010 - President of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao, met with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss Iran's nuclear program during the Nuclear Security Summit.

2013 - The Scientific community anxiously observed the Apophis 99942 Asteroid as it passed close to the Earth, and they calculated its future course. The combined crews of Expedition 76 and 77, collected data from their vantage point on the International Space Station. Apophis was subsequently upgraded to a level six threat on the Torino Impact Hazard scale.

2026 - U.S. President Wyclef Jean was assassinated. Masked members of a doomsday cult calling themselves the Church Universal And Triumphant (CUT) appeared on YouTube and claimed responsibility for his murder. Despite President Jean being a deeply religious man, CUT claimed that he was a false prophet and cited verses from Mathew 24 of the Bible. They claimed his policies for dealing with the possible threat from the Apophis Asteroid went against the Bible, and stated, "The Day of Judgment must not be thwarted".

2029 - The Apophis Asteroid was again observed as it passed within five Earth radii. Against all odds, the 1,066 foot diameter asteroid managed to pass through a gravitational keyhole, not much bigger than itself, and it changed orbit. It was confirmed, without a doubt, that the asteroid was on a collision course with the Earth, and it would occur on April 13, 2036. Apophis was upgraded to a level nine threat on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale. Due to the composition of the asteroid, the implementation of deflection methods would prove more difficult than previously predicted, and both the kinetic method and gravitational tractors were considered out of the question.

With only seven years available to prepare and execute a new mission, it was announced that a summit of leaders from every nation would meet in Geneva. Their manifesto would be to discuss contingency plans for the future survival of the human race in the unlikely event that the nuclear strategy failed.

2036 - The devastating Apophis 99942 Asteroid hit the Earth…

Only 144,000 humans survived.