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Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)
TITLE: The Darkest Day
By stanley Bednarz
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Fear. A panic rose like an internal tremor at first. Shuffling and jostling for position consumed the taut and weathered faces. The crowd edged perilously closer to chaos. Prepared like arctic runners in winter gear, fearing that the ground would cave beneath them; they were swept forward into the domino effect of crashing bodies.
Men and women screamed hellfire shots into the air. Hey! Hey! You're killing me!" Shouted someone. But nobody cared. "Stop! Please. No!" Several people pleaded for their life, caught beneath the avalanche. But the stampede had started, and now the unfortunate weaker vessels waited beneath the masses. Breaking, crunching bones rattled their ears.
A crescendo of cries wafted across the frozen asphalt landscape. But the echo was lost on the angels who looked down from heaven in curiosity and dread, who were instructed not to stem the crushing tide that swallowed souls.
This man, like the devil himself, the guardian of the store, playfully jingled his keys in front of the desperate shoppers. He mocked them with an evil grin while contorted faces below the glass doors lost their ability to scream. Shattered windpipes. Punctured lungs. The fallen victims looked on with rabid fear at the maddening grin of the manager.
Finally the tumbler inside the lock clicked in slow motion like raindrops into a deep well. Voices turned to growls. A clamoring and hissing took place as hundreds rushed through the gates of hell on Black Friday.
"Welcome Wal-Mart shoppers!" An authoritarian voice reverberated from the ceiling of this underworld.
It was a place where angels feared to tread and man was allowed to sink into the abyss of materialism.
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