Disclaimer: I don't own Secret's of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I love it, but Michael Scott owns it. I don't own the song "It's the End of the World As We Know It" either. It's by REM. good band...

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The End of The World as We Know It

Prologue

It had been 3 o'clock in the morning when they got the call. Quetzacoatl had a mission for them, they were to come straight out for orders.

Black Hawk had staggered downstairs to the garage and found Billy the Kid already waiting by the battered army jeep that Black Hawk still drove, even after everything it had been through. It was the most reliable car he'd ever driven, and he wasn't about to trade it off due to some dents and the fact that acid had eaten all the paint from the hood.

The two of them climbed into the jeep and headed off, leaving the warmth of the building far behind. With any luck they'd be back before dawn.

Billy rubbed his face with the heels of his hands, mentalling bemoaning having to leave the warmth of sleep and crawl out of bed into the chilly jeep, which had never had a heater in the first place. "What d'you think he wants?" he asked Black Hawk.

Hawk shook his head, "I don't know. Probably just routine stuff. I bet it's not urgent. People who never sleep don't ever think to wait until morning."

Billy moaned. "Ugh, you've got that right."

Even at 3 AM San Francisco was still pretty lively. Neon lights flashed, and though there was less traffic, there was still some. Mostly freight trucks, night shift workers, and people heading back from pulling all-nighters, though.

Billy was messing with the radio, trying to find a good station. He finally hit on one that was playing classic rock on an endless loop. REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It" filled the cab.

"Yes! Great song!" Black Hawk grinned. They both began to sing along with the crazy lyrics.

"That's great, It starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes..." They continued along , both yelling out "Leonard Bernstein" at the top of their lungs when it came along. They stopped at a red light, and began yelling out the chorus.

"It's the end of the world as we know it" The light turned green. Black Hawk eased the jeep into 1st gear, then 2nd and pulled out into the intersection.

"It's the end..." Billy glanced side ways out of the driver's side window, and his heart nearly stopped. All he saw was a bright light, his friend's shocked face, the flare of his aura, then the impact came. The last thing he remembered was an enormous grille, broken glass and crumpling metal, Black Hawk's head snapping around, then his own head crashed into the window and everything went black.

...of the world as we know it.