Jed took the shortcut through the trees. He had to reach the little village beyond or there would be hell to pay.
“Just my luck,” he muttered as he stumbled over a root.
Even without the leaves it was just too dark to keep up his pace. Cursing again he slowed down a bit.
A blinding white light shot through the trees throwing everything into a sharp relief. It grew brighter, so everything was a stark black of shadows or white of light.
And then it all began to burn.
The last thought that ran through Jed’s mind was, “I’m too late. Nuclear Armageddon.”
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