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Underfoot

By Timerie Blair All Rights Reserved ©

Thriller / Scifi

Blurb

Terris Noble is the daughter of an imprisoned rebel in the oppressive Underfoot colonies and has never seen the sky. In a desperate attempt to escape, she boards a hidden elevator and finds herself among the Upperhand, who are just as unaware of those who live beneath them as Underfoot is of those on the surface. But not is all well in paradise. Can she find her father and escape before the world falls apart both inside and out? Meanwhile, Quinn Alabaster, high prince of Upperhand, is not sure what to make of the strange girl who he finds wandering in his garden.

Prologue

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. Nothing stirred the hot dust which was once the world. And on the seventh day, Man finished the work they had done. And they said. 'Let us rest. Let us rest from this work we have done.'

So Man rested.

And Man lay still, and he did not rise."

- an excerpt from the Book of Alabaster


In the end, we destroyed the planet. We rocked with death throes. Poisoned rain would fall upon us at any moment. We were given the gift of our world, but we wrung it through a war one time too many. This was the end. A few more years, and the planet would not be habitable.

And so, as is usually the case when the end is nigh, humans decided they were having none of that.

They looked to the stars and found nothing but the cold.

So instead, they looked inward and discovered something miraculous.

Cedric Alabaster rose up from a small city known as Salem (Alab 12:3) and declared salvation. He was the one we had been waiting for, he said. He had a plan that would work if we all worked together; if we all swore righteous allegiance. To him.

And since the other option was certain death, they, one by one, agreed. For the first time, war torn countries came together. One nation.

The plan was Underfoot.

Underfoot had been in the back of the mind of many government officials for years, but now they constructed in ernest. A series of tunnels, perfectly built to accommodate nearly all of the Earth’s population in various Sectors across the globe, powered by volcanic steam engines, could be finished just in time. Until the Earth recovered, everyone would stay downstairs and wait. Live, love, laugh, and die.

It has been one-hundred and fifty years.

We’re still waiting.

How long will they keep us down here?

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