Shards of Destiny: Unsung Heroes
In the year 2010, astronomers around the world discovered with horror that a comet had been hiding its route behind the Sun for an unknown number of years, maybe even centuries. The path was charted and discovered to cross Earth’s orbital path.
In the space of a few months, panic and chaos gripped the world as calculations between several specialists conflicted. Some ensured that the comet would crash into our planet, while others presented proof that it would pass by. There were several upheavals that the different governments were hard-pressed to control while planning disaster scenarios. Old religions were tested, and new cults were born and died as their members killed themselves before the promised end of the world.
By the end of the year, Christmas was celebrated with a gigantic new star in the sky. The astronomer that discovered the comet named it “Shiva,” after the Hindu god whose last dance would mark the end of days. Shiva missed the Earth by hundreds of kilometers, which, in astronomical scale, is a hair’s breadth.
Coastal cities suffered from tidal waves, while earthquakes along fault lines created chain earthquakes. Despite the rash of disasters, people confronted them with relief, hope, and happiness, because the alternative could have been much, much worse. Still, the most spectacular gift from Shiva were several weeks of lights in the sky, as ice crystals from its tail melted as they entered Earth’s atmosphere.
The crystal rain showered over several parts of the world, and people also were gifted with shimmering rivers and sparkling forests, until whatever substances the comet’s tail was composed of sank into the ground and became part of the world’s ecology.