Having attained near total control of his Earthly elements, humanity perceives itself as a master without rival. Man ignores his roots. He forgets that he himself is part of the world.
How can we dare to challenge nature’s raw powers when we still know little about this universe?
Yes, mankind managed to survive the first Flood. Given our technological advances, we might have been able to survive this Second flood too. But, this is no mere rain. Raw fury lurks within the depths. The water which sustained life for uncountable centuries has come to wipe the slate clean. Mankind, in his once unrivaled splendor, has forced to take shelter, no different than a colony of ants during a spring shower. This is the final chapter of man, unraveling before us as we stand powerless.
But, there is a very small glimpse of hope. Daniel realizes it. He feels it. He sees it. He, his girlfriend Milena, and his friend Edward seek out the high ground as they wait for the waters to recede. However, as time passes, Daniel begins to understand that there is something strange in the water, an evil entity. He senses it – he feels it from within. Daniel knows that mankind is doomed. Evil has come with the rain. It has come for their souls.
It was an interesting story with a promising idea, but it felt rushed to me. I liked the references to the Bible, though I would like it more if the flood started more slowly. The main character, Daniel, wasn’t very likable, but I think I get why he was written that way, especially considering the ending.
‘Beneath Blackened Clouds’ is a nice story, but needs a little more work to get it better.