Silence in the Shadows (1)   58 comments

 

Silence in the Shadows ~ 1

Yerik_Yalena (Image: Europa's Icewolf 2012)Yelena_Radiation Exposure (Image:Europa's Icewolf 2012)

“You’ve already been exposed to excessively high radiation levels,” Yerik stated matter of factually. “Any further exposure… it’s too dangerous. You’re not going.”

Yelena* rounded on him angrily, a growl in every breath.Yelena_N-Plant (Image:Europa's Icewolf 2012)

“You should have told me!”  He continued, ignoring her furious protests and the wolf flaring in her eyes. “How long did you think you could hide the truth from us? No one knows the exact amount you were exposed to – do they?!! Nothing was ever recorded. An inconvenient, dark secret those concerned were paid to forget. I do not wish for you to die in the land of wolves!

- If you walk in the land of wolves you may not be able to return…if the contamination is too great there would be no choice but to leave you there. It is too high a price to pay for walking in the land of wolves.”

“I am not afraid to die in the land of wolves!! And I have no intentions of doing so, so you have nothing to fear!”

* (The light of the Sun)

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Silence in the Shadows (Image:Europa's Icewolf 2012)

 

Cutting-edge Geiger Counters rattled incessantly clicking with increasing rapidity in the irradiated silence that marked the desolate aftermath of the nuclear war zone – painfully evident in the silent ghost cities; uninhabited but otherwise undamaged, surrounded by dead zones and lines of black skeletal trees. Sludge-ridden radioactive rivers flanked the route that led to the N-plant, a tall silent sentinel standing eerily against the sky line; the Land of Wolves. Yelena_Exclusion Zone (Image:Europa's Icewolf 2012)Yelena walked quietly listening to the silence; a strange, unearthly stimulant, chillingly unnatural.

The sheer alien, otherworldliness of the Zone sent shivers of something tingling through bones and spirits unsettling even the most hardened amongst the accompanying Astro-Biological Research Team. Stalked ever by the invisible radioactive enemy they gathered their data quickly, ever mindful of the Geiger counters warning of rising radiation levels – dangerous miliseiverts, as they made wary progress deep into the contaminated heart of the Zone of Exclusion.



Halting for a moment outside an abandoned security building entrance, Yelena gazed upwards at the imposing tinted glass walls and the pyramid-dome entrance, absorbing the unnerving, empty calm it exuded in the alien sun. Dark, distorted shadows flitted uneasily high on the smoked glass windowed building overlooking the ghost cities of the exclusion zone.

Yelena_Abandoned Security Building (Image:Europa's Icewolf 2012)

A tainted wind breezing gently, brooding alien skies off-setting dark clouds roiling on the horizon; in the distance dead satellite monitors, looking out over the rusting rails of deserted office buildings from lofty heights.

Once a tall tastefully designed modern building, state-of-the-art, now a deserted, sightless reflection where the sunlight was a strange mirror-image in darkened, dusty glass windows.

Yelena gazed up at its sunlit front disquieted, at the roof-top tracking probes lying idle and silent. They would never work again – ever. There should have been life here but there was none. Activity, but the building was sealed, locked in time, its inhabitants long gone, and the silent tracking probes still and lifeless, and on closer inspection corrupted by corrosion. No birds would sing here, no chitter of unseen insect life. No calls. No cries. Just a still, empty silence where there should have been life, and the shivering of the wind.

Copyright: Europa’s Icewolf 2012 ~ All Rights Reserved.

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  1. Oooh, Icewolf… I need to know more… where are we? What’s going on? I’m hooked already…!

    • Thank you Aquatom! Your interest in this one is wolfishly appreciated :) I’m sure it won’t be too many people’s “cup of tea” but that’s fine, I’m just curious as to what sort of feedback such posts might receive, at this point. It’s taken since the last post whenever that was lol to adapt this from the original for use in the blog so I admit this version does lack certain details :D Where are we? Actually Aquatom we were in a very bad place at the time of posting! I guess we still are given the content lol ;) It took six attempts to get it to post and I was about to give up for the night! Unfortunately as the world ends and the apocalypse is going to strike in a few days time your questions may never be answered!! :D I might enlighten you at your End of the World Party if we survive long enough! lol :)

      • How do you mean not our cup of tea? :)
        Right grab some chocolate cake, the yummy
        fudge topped biscuits and some large one’s
        noooo biscuits I meant, cheeky and how is
        it that you posted this one and didn’t let me
        know about it? :(

        I can’t wait for the next bit, you are a dark little
        Icywolfy posting this excellent story, a snippet
        of plenty I hope? :) Now what was it that you
        were saying about being modest? Well if that
        picture is a likeness of you then how delightful
        is all I can say :) It’s okay I am not asking for
        any proof, I will take your word for it okay :) :)

        Right now when is the next part going to be
        added on this one and what happens next? :)

        MERRY CHRISTMAS ICYWOLFY :) ;)

        Andro xxx

      • Greetings Sir Gothic Andro! Not everyone’s cup of tea, in the sense that it’s highly unlikely to have the same type of universal appeal that, for example, the mythology posts seem to have…that said I am greatly encouraged by the initial positive and generous responses to this first little “bite” I’ve tentatively posted :) … Must be the choccie cake and the fudge topped biscuits you kindly scattered all over it for everyone to feast on! :D And I’m very pleased it’s got your vote of confidence thank you :)

        What do you mean I didn’t let you know about it?!! lol… :D You’re supposed to be paying attention and see it for yourself without any Icewolfie prompts! lol ;) I do tell you about the mythology posts though, because I know you have a particular liking for the subject, but that’s a bit different :)

        Delighted to know you find my likeness so pleasing!! lol!! Just don’t go getting any silly ideas about how delightful it might be to bite ghoulishly into the likeness of my neck ok Sir Vampy!! ;) Next part will probably have to wait till after Christmas now, though hopefully not the 4 or 5 weeks it took between this one and the previous one :) Didn’t realise it’d been that long since my last confession…I mean my last post ;) And I’m not telling you what happens next! You’ll have to wait and see :) :D Happy Christmas Vampy Fangs lol ;) :)

      • Hey I have something that you might like :) lol

        If you enjoy a bit of porno
        then call into my extra pages
        Don’t worry there is a funny
        twist to this request but for
        you to find out what that is…

        You will have to call in to watch
        Have a wicked rest of evening…

        Merry Christmas to you too Icywolfy :)

        Andro xxx

      • I am intrigued! However as the connection’s just gone down again and I’m now using the mobile I will have to stay in that condition till tomorrow am ;) In the meantime I must make a quick check on the defunct as of this eve, highly radioactive microwave oven ;) and ensure no ones trying to use it with a burnt through hole in its base or it’ll go up in flames and burn the den down! G’night!!

      • Good Night Icywolfy :) ;)
        Don’t worry about the
        video it is just me being
        a wally on it :) lol

        Andro xxx

      • You mean you’re dancing Gangnam style! All makes perfect sense now ;) No wonder my mobile’s claiming no flash player and so no watching of the vid! Lol :)]

      • Actually I can dance like that but
        only after a night out on the town :) lmao
        Gangnam Style :) lol Whatever next? ;)

        You be good today or else? ;) :)

        Andro xxx

      • Ohh yeah!! Andro’s dancing Gangnam style, Gangnam style..Gangnam style…!!! :D

  2. quite a radioactive beginning and how vulnerable nuclear power countries are nowadays so possible

    • Great to see you! Thank you for calling in and leaving a comment :) I like that you seem to have got to grips so quickly with some of the underlying concepts I was trying to convey. There is hope clearly hope for this post yet!! :D

  3. This is intriguing, with haunting images in words and pictures. Radiation is more frightening to me than other disasters because of the timescales involved.

    • Thank you Clowie! Exactly! Radiation IS frightening, we can’t see it, we can’t feel it, we can’t smell it…it is an invisible enemy with, in some cases, the potential to stalk and poison lands and people for hundreds of years. It’s an uncomfortable train of thought, a dark side of the moon so to speak, which many people seem determined to work very hard at avoiding thinking about. Those people will undoubtedly steer well clear of this post!

      • The nuclear industry and politicians tell us it’s clean and safe, but there’s always a slight risk of something going wrong. And when it does go wrong, the scale of it can be terrible.
        The other thing that bothers me is the disposal of the waste. They haven’t come up with a good way of doing that, as far as I can see, and we’re leaving a legacy of dangerous materials for generations to come.

      • I think that nuclear energy in itself probably is a relatively clean and safe form of energy, especially when you consider the track records of safety for the methods we employ in the process of obtaining the other forms of energy we utilise – a point too often forgotten. It is when it gets into the hands of humans that it becomes a liability!
        Disposing of radio-active waste is definitely a big issue. As are the consequences when things do go wrong. Unfortunately so is the issue of how to deal with the spent fuel rods used in N-plants. We still have much to learn about this form of energy and it’s safe management, and until we gain more knowledge and a better understanding of it, I don’t see the potentially lethal dangers or the legacy it leaves, subsiding any-time soon.

  4. Wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year..
    May you Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill..
    And may the year ahead be full of contentment and Joy..
    Love Always Nicki

  5. Against all odds, there are always survivors! I can’t wait to read more :-)

  6. An amazing story as only you could tell it! It’s full of thrilling twists and turns and summer salts(sp)!!! This is the most curious adventure you have told. Filled with truth, wisdom, fantasy, and fun! love it…and you, Eddie

    • Thank you my lovely friend Eddie! Yes it is definitely curious lol ;) It’s great to know you enjoyed it…I hope that trend will continue! Either way, it’s very helpful to get people’s feeback on this type of post and it will help to establish whether to keep it as a private venture or to take it in a more public direction…so your feedback, like yourself is very much valued and appreciated :) Wolfie hugs xx :)

  7. Very well written. Is this going to be a book you are working on? If so I want your autograph now :)

    • :) Thanks for the encouragement :) You will be the first to get my autograph if it ever goes live as a book lol!
      All options are open for it at the moment. Airing some of it for public viewing and feedback – where people are so inclined, is one small step in testing the water and possible appetite for such material. And it remains to be seen what sort of response future instalments might attract! Or not! – as the case maybe…! I took care to develop broad shoulders prior to risking posting it ;) :)

  8. Wolfie!!!!! Howwwwwwls your way..
    This is EXCELLENT writing my friend….. So sorry to have been absent for a while and missed its posting!… But so good to catch up here.. So is this the first chapter of a whole new Book??? Very well written…

    Just want to add my thanks to you for all your support over at Dreamwalkers too my friend… your paw prints have been most welcome upon my posts.. Love and blessings over the Christmas Festive season… Love Dreamwalker xxx xoxox

    • HooOOOoooOOWWWwwwwLLLLLLLooooooo Dreamwalker! Great to see you back :) The festive season is proving a major headache at present, and no-one’s speaking to me now I’ve missed all their calls tonight! ;)

      I appreciate your enthusiasm for this post thanks! All options are on the table for it at the mo. Just thought I’d test the waters in friendly territory for now. After that…who knows! :D It’s been great to get such a high level of positive feedback and it’s much appreciated, but at the end of the day, whatever does or doesn’t happen next with it, I enjoy what I do and am happy with the result and if others can enjoy it with me that’s awesomely great…and exciting too actually! lol :) I consider that possibility a great privilege :) Wolfie love and christmas hugs my dreamy friend! xxxx :)

      • I hope you had a great Christmas Wolfie and thank you for your own howwwwls over 2012 at Dreamwalker’s

        Wow its been one hectic year. but one full of love and inspiration on many fronts.. I hope that as you step forward into 2013 it brings you only love and many more blessings my wolfie friend… Whereby you can put your paws up now and again and take a well deserved rest between your own busy life…
        Love and Big Hugs back… Dreamwalker xxx

      • Thank you, and I wish the same for you also :) Wolfie hugs :) xx

  9. Hi timid one. Just thought to let you know that it is snowing here. And my mobil is not working. Oh the joys.

    • Ohh dear. How frustrating Kenny. I feel your pain! What’s happened to it? I maybe able to help – I have plenty of experience of beating badly behaved mobiles into submission these days!
      Alternatively you may well be better off simply replacing the erring mobile in question. Take one as an upgrade and you get to keep your existing no. It’s cheaper than a new connection and if you make sure all your contacts are saved to your sim card, texts are already there, you can transfer them straight onto the new mobile without having to go though the tedious hassle and aggro of having to re-add them all manually. Not to mention you get a shiney new “mowbli” lol ;) Win win situation :) But do it quick! It’s nearly christmas! And if you’re using it in Sweden make sure roaming is set up or it’ll cost you a fortune if people call you from the UK!!
      Christmas hugs….Timid one :) ;)

  10. Absolutely fantastic! I am HOOKED! :-)

    ~Solstice blessings to you and yours~

  11. Hallo liebe Wolfie das ist Fantastisch sehr guter Bericht.Wünsche dir von Herzen einen schönen 4 Advent und schöne besinnliche Weihnachtstage lieber Gruss und Freundschaft Gislinde.

  12. Hey I saw that video you left me on here Icywolfy :) lmao
    I hope that you have your stockings off, hey and on the walll
    ready for your Christmas presents is what I meant ;) Cheeky

    Be good tonight and all the weekend too or else ;)

    Andro xxx

  13. Hi Ice wolfy Come to wish u peacefull xmas days and a happy New year. U write beautiful I enjoyed. Tx for this year filled with friendship
    And the gangnam style is cute. Lol
    did u know thats now the most watched you tube. bye bye now
    Much love
    MJ

  14. Merry Christmas dear sweet friend love, Eddie

  15. Merry Christmas Icywolfy :) ;)
    I hope that Santa brings you lots
    of deliciously sweet gifts and a
    feast of chocolates and goodies :)

    Hey and be good too Icywolfy ;) :)

    Andro xxx

  16. I hope that you are
    being good Icywolfy? ;) :) lol

    Andro xxx

  17. Hallo liebe Freundin ich wünsche dir von Herzen ein gutes glückliches gesundes neue Jahr,und das alle deine Wünsche in erfülung gehen grüsse dich von ganzen Herzlich Gislinde

  18. Benim canım buz arkadaşım
    seni özledim
    mutlu bir pazar dilerim
    kendine iyi bak Sevgili Buz :))

  19. Just calling in to wish you a wicked rest of
    the weekend Icywolfy and of course to say…

    ¸.•*¨*•.Happy New Year 2013 Icywolfy•*¨*•.¸¸

    Not seen you around much so I hope
    that you are being good for a change ;) :) lol

    Andro xxx

  20. I’m in awe! I shall return,soon!

  21. You have the best blog! I am sending it to my son right now~

    • Thank you Cindy! That was an awesome start to my day! Just the boost required to face the dark, sub zero temperatures accompanying the early morning commute :) Hope you’re having a lovely day :)

  22. saw part 111, IceWolfie, so trailed all the way back to the beginning, never start a book part way through, spoils the tale, and such a good tale too. Not that I mean ’tis good the Earth has become so poisoned, but good tale told sort of thing. (and no, not referring to your tail neither, ;-) ) One can imagine the desolation, the eerie quietness through your words. I shall return for part 11 later. (also ended up watching Gangnam Style, and playing horsie , so totally confused I am!! but then nothing different there!!) Also just checking no dots before posting this comment, for I have become ‘dot-less Pen’ as my trademark >…< between sentences was driving me up the wall xPenx

    • Awww! HooOOOOooooooowWWWWWWWwwwwLLLLLLooooooooo Pen! Awesome to see your good self again after all this time! I have read your comments along the way on our mutual friends blogs and have often thought of you and our brief crossing of paths in another blog life :) Sorry for the late reply, but I have been bogged down with course work and assignments and hardly got near W/P apart from approving comments on the mobile. Now playing catch-up! I love your comment! It gave me so many giggles; you have a wonderful way with words!! I’m so glad you took time out to not only visit but also to back track to part 1 – not that easy a task to find when I forgot to add the links! True dedication to the cause on your part I think :) Your thoughts on it were very valuable, feedback helps me to gauge to an extent whether I’m doing good-ish or absolutely terrible in reality! lol :) Always good to get into the Gangnam Style at these times too :D And don’t you go worrying about dots :) I live for dots!! They are everywhere I go…..see? lol …. can’t help myelf :) …these ones driving you mad yet??!!! I suppose ‘dot-less Pen’ does sound slightly better than ‘dotty pen’ though!!! Ooops! :) Wolfie hugs xx

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