Day One Thousand Ninety Seven #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Before sunrise this morning Elijah rousted everyone on our floor and dispatched Tomas and our guards with warnings to evacuate the building immediately. As we descended we heard firing from the gun emplacements up on the pinnacle of the skyscraper.

While leaving our chamber I saw a wall of shot and shell filling the air above the northern defenses. But I could not make out what they were concentrated on.

Reaching the ground floor we were directed to continue downwards into the sub basements.

We were left wondering. Sight and sound were muffled and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Until the building rocked and shuddered. And then it was over.

Had the Supreme Commander been the target or Elijah?

Day One Thousand Eighty Three #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Off and on we caught views of the megapolis from the lower elevation of the riverbed upon which we have been traveling. Not much has changed from the memory I carry of Babylon when we skirted around it on our escape out of the citadel. The skyscraper that came down on that occasion has not been replaced. A great void in the skyline marks its absence.

Our forward progress ground to a halt where the water filled the riverbed from bank to bank, forcing us up and out into the open.

It was more water than we have seen in an age.

And its level appeared to be rising as we watched.

Elijah decided we must make for the road.

Day Eight Hundred Seven #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Elijah’s prediction came to pass. By late afternoon we stood in the city gates. All by ourselves.

We had noticed immediately this morning that the air overhead was free from man-made objects. And we climbed up from the riverside to the road to investigate the sudden outbreak of silence. There were no movements in either direction. No vehicles nor even pedestrians.

So, we passed through the formidable gateway, unopposed – except for the glare of the fantastical beasts (or demons) etched into the surface of the walls.

The gateway opened onto a large market area. Its stalls or shops all shuttered and again marked by the absence of people.

A long hike followed to the gigantic skyscraper selected by Elijah.