In the year 2093, plants rule over the technological world. Back in 2012 they have planted their seeds into the heart of the Earth and have set out to destroy the major cities of the world, which they have succeeded. Most of the Earth has become a major jungle; filled with miscellaneous plants, animals, and unknown creatures. The population has decreased, as people died out of starvation, and suffering. Many have not been able to adapt to the area surrounding them, but the rest have survived this life changing impact by adapting.
The major cities around the world have been populated by the surviving people. In the United States, the only areas that have partly survived are Portland and Washington D.C. In Europe; Helsinki, Finland and Rome, Italy. In Asia; Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan. In Australia, Sydney is left. Those are the seven cities that have stood through the destruction of the world. Those places, however, are now piles of junk, scrap metal, and broken homes, but they are homes to the surviving people of the world.
The city with the least amount of people is Helsinki; it has a population with less than 1,000. It is the only city which has made the greatest change the future will face. The children and the adults in the city have not heard the name for years; it has become lost to them. In the village, the people have named it Whisper-winds, for the wind can whisper deadly tunes to them at night. That is why no one ever comes out at dark, the night steals them away.
The village, Whisper-winds is located on a hill, with many bends that have been carved by the Earth itself. Heaps of junk has been forged into homes for the villagers. Many houses look pretty well-built and kept, some made of metal, or from and old wooden home. Some houses are caves built into the land. Whisper-winds is somewhat dangerous; there are steep cliffs and small areas that can cave in.
Over the bend, on a platform, a family of two reside. Juliet, and her mother, who is very sick. They live on the dangerous side of the village, its steep and unsteady, but they insist to stay.
“Juliet! Juliet! Where do you think you are going?” Her mother yells from their wooden home, which lies on the edge of the bend.
“I am going to see Rain, Mama!” Juliet calls after, as she runs on a rusted platform that heads to the North. It’s small and hard to balance on, but years of practice has its’ perks.
“Be home before dark! You know what will happen!” She warns.
“Yes, Mama.” Juliet moans as she disappears down the hill.
Whisper-winds is a big heap of metal, wood, cement, dirt, and grass. It’s a mix of old homes and scrap metal from the old steel mill that blew. The working class was quite a sight to see; the men of the village making homes with all the scrap materials. “They still have move to go,” Juliet thought as she ran around the bend of dirt and grass. Just around the bend is Rains’ home; he lives with his father who is out working on houses, his mother is deceased.
“Rain! Rain!” Juliet screams and jumps. “Where are you!” She sings.
“I’m right behind you,” He laughs and takes her hand. “Follow me, I found and amazing place to show you!”
“Where is it?” She asks as he leads her down the hill, to a small area outside the village. A couple of steps into the forest and they see a beautiful scene. Their water source, the waterfall. It was quiet and loud at the same time, humming a tune to the birds and the orchids. The mouth of the cave was glistening with droplets of water, bright green grass above and underneath was black as night.
“It’s beautiful isn’t it?” He sighs and spreads his arms out wide to stretch.
“Yes, very much so. How did you come across this place?” She asks in awe, but unaware that the sun is soon to set. The water has become a light color of the sun.
“I was wandering around the village and I found a small path that led me here, it’s my best discovery.”
Juliet sighs and stares at the colorful spring. The color of the forest and flowers deepen and the sun is almost gone. Rain and Juliet were lost in the serene feeling of the forest.
“What’s that?” Juliet asks as a bright shimmer from the cave becomes more prominent.
“I don’t know, lets check it out.” They haven’t noticed that the sky has gone dark, and faint, frantic voices calling their names hover in the air, unable to reach very far in the dense forest.
Rain and Juliet linger closer to the mouth of the cave; they see a clump of luminescent fireflies hovering underneath.
“Wow!” Juliet’s mouth gapes open at the sight. The sun has set and the voices calling their names have stopped. It’s night-time now, and Juliet and Rain have yet to notice.
“Who knew…” He let out a small sight, while and unnoticeable vine wraps around their wrists.
“There are so many! Look at them!” She leans in closer, putting her hands right on the edge. “I can almost touch one,” She reaches out. “Oh my Gawd, Rain! Look! Look at this!”
“Hey!” Rain grabs her shoulder to steady her. “Be careful, this is not really a good place to be giggling around like that. You could have fallen in.”
“It was too late though, the vine pulls them into the dark cave together. There is no trace that they have been there. No imprints in the grass. The only thing that could have been there is if someone looks down into the cave to see two unconscious children at the bottom.
The next morning Juliet awoke with a mild headache. As her eyes adjust, she has noticed she is alone. “Where is Rain, am I in the cave?” She thought. She looks to her right to see an imperfect circle shape of light on the dirt. Mist hovers above the cave floors, and tiny rocks crumble from the walls and the mouth of the cave. Juliet gets up and steadies herself on the wall, “Rain?” She calls to and empty cave; all she gets back is her own voice.
Past the opening of the cave, Juliet realizes that it isn’t a cave. Avoiding the stream of water and drizzle of the waterfall, she travels further into the hole. “It’s a maze,” She thought.