Some Say in Ice
It’s a catastrophe deceptive in its simplicity: all things stop burning.
People assume it’s an EMP, a terrorist attack, a government project gone wrong. Cars sputter to a stop on the highway. Coal plants stop running. The worst are the planes.
Guns no longer fire. Industry grinds to a halt. There is a drastic emergency shift to alternative fuels. All in all, Ryan thinks, it’s not that bad. But he’s been forced to go cold turkey, and that will not do.
The power’s out in his neighbourhood, so he’s sitting in the dark when he thinks his cigarette into lighting.