No Rest For The Wicked
Imperial Prussian State
Bremen, Imperial Free City of Bremen, Prussia
September 9th, 2014
Imperial Palace of Bremen
Colonel Jonathan Rillay
My eyes opened slowly, there was still a buzz in my head, the sound around me was cut off from my mind, everything blurry. I looked to my left and saw nothing but smoke and fire, my God, it was just pure black smoke with the smell of burning flesh still in the air. I then remembered something that was more important then my own life, my children.
I attempted to stand, only to fail several times due to a pain in my left leg, I looked down only to seea giant hole in the side of calf muscle, with the tips of my toes singed off as well. It would be impossible to stand, so I crawled towards the right of myself, keeping as low as possible to keep the smoke out as I frantically searched for my family, God knows where they are, my hearing slowly came back. I really wish it hadn't, the screams of the dying echoed through the halls of the Palace, many of them sounded like children.
As I was crawling I noticed some young woman near me, her entire right arm was shredded apart virtually, blood everywhere, made me almost want to puke. I grabbed some of the fallen curtain that wasn't burned away and attempted to stop the bleeding. She seemed twenty-four or so, too young to have been a part of this, too young to lose her arm. Glancing back, everyone was too young for that day, for we all aged to a point of no return.
It turned out more bodies were near the woman, some pleading for help, others praying to live...some to just die. I clenched my death and pushed forward, my own blood loss starting to get the best of me, but these people were minutes from dying with help minutes away. I saw everything from third degree burns, blown off limbs, muscles ripped apart and just dangling by a thread, same with skin. Too many people, dead and alive, whatever caused this was meant to make a scene and as much deal as possible.
It seemed like an eternity but I managed to make it to the end of the hall, into where the tour was going. Was I on a tour? Or did I come and learn everything on my own? I hardly remember anything after being blown back by the blast, I could have been thrown back a few dozens meters...God the hallway was too long. I blame the Catholic designers for the Palace...Thank God for Inquistan Orthodox.
I heard the voices of radios and what I believed to be firefighters making their way, no doubt through the mangled mess of the Palace. I was so relieved, I could finally find my family once I got out of this hellhole. But there was on girl, a fourteen year old like my daughter lying on her stomach....in a pool of blood.
No this can't be, I thought, it can't be her. I crawled my way toward the girl..I slowly turned over her body. I pushed my self back with such a force I propelled myself into the way. That was my daughter,or well what was left of her. I could only tell because only half her face was burned/blown off by the blast. You could see the blood vessels in the remnants of her brain, and the fear and pain in her one eye left still. I was frozen in shock, and didn't move...even as I bled out into unconsciousness as the paramedics came to me.