“Scanning the Static”
After several hours of mindless caffeine-fueled cross-country driving and with many more hours to go, Nelson Sigrah finds himself completely tired of the MP3 playlists and mix CDs he had made for the journey and is desperately bored.
Deciding to give the radio a try, he ejects his CD and is greeted by the unexpectedly loud hiss of static… so he quickly scans for the next available signal, but only static can be found on each frequency.
The crackling white noise seems to fit the pitch black darkness of night he’s driving into, so he lets the radio keep scanning between the static to find something, anything to listen to… he knows he’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s America dammit… how could there not be a radio station to listen to…?
As the radio scans from one static blast to another, Nelson realizes that he hasn’t seen another car pass for hours. What if something has happened? He’s been in the middle of nowhere for a while, he might have avoided and survived a massive nuclear attack that killed everyone else in the world… leaving him to drive through the post-apocalyptic landscape of America, all alone, with only the static by his side. The bastards got us!
He grips the steering wheel with grim determination, as humanity’s last hope for survival… he listens intently to each frequency’s unique pitch of static, the long stretch of night ahead of him, hoping against hope to find a fellow survivor…
But then a voice can be dimly heard over the speakers, and the radio automatically stops scanning… As Nelson apparently drives closer to the source of the signal and sees the lights of a town ahead of him, the voice comes into focus and Nelson can tell it’s an AM Christian radio station, with the preacher bellowing live Sunday morning service over the airwaves.
Nelson sighs, disappointed at the evidence of humanity’s survival, and puts in the mix CD he’s only listened to four times.
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