Monday 16 April 2012

London Falling

1940, East London. Helen was in the cinema. She had no trouble sinking into the story. The alternative was to think about life, which was unbearable.

Roger kept watch over the skies. Was amazing how such a peaceful nighttime sky could so quickly turn into a screaming nightmare.

The siren was always frightening. The darkness bone chilling. Sometimes she wouldn't get out of the cinema. A pitch black theatre of dreams, an escapists paradise, five seconds away from smithereens. 

Roger couldn't understand it. Why did his wife choose the cinema over safety? He'd seen what rained from the skies every night. It wasn't human. It wasn't of this earth. He wanted Helen locked in a safe dungeon far underground for the next few years.

Every morning, Helen would look out of the bedroom window, just to make sure her favourite building was still standing. No-one on the wireless or in the skies was making any sense, but the cinema was golden.

Roger received the information. London was on lock down. Helen was at the movies, where everything was singing and dancing. The town went silent and dark. Black objects appeared like ghosts in the distant sky.

Roger sensed it. He left his post and sprinted. There was going to be a hit, and it wasn't going to be pleasant.

Helen stared at the screen, fully aware of how life is magical yet impossible.

Then it went stone dark.

From inside she heard the rumble rumble crumble of London, and everything got closer. There was going to be a hit, she knew it.

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  1. I'm bemused by the lack of response to writing of this quality.

    This piece is beautiful, moving and macabre; and I for one want to thank you for sharing it.

  2. I agree Paul, this is very emotive writing and an excellent post. It has been well documented by others as well but my Grandma said that the cinema offered a perfect way to escape the horror of war. I really like the different view points of the two characters and the way you left it open for us to make our own ending.

  3. Love this. For some reason in my head, I was picturing this as an animated film. Maybe a sepia coloured flashback (see "Up!") showing how two people dealt with life under the constant threat of annihilation. Helen, all wide-eyed and enraptured with her escapist cinematic fantasies while the harried Roger spends every second of the day afraid for himself and Helen. I know who I'd rather be.