The clock ticked on,repeating and repeating its sounds into the emptiness."Seven-nine, breakfast time,Seven-nine!"
A failing tree bough crashed through the kitchen window.Cleaning solvent,bottled,shattered over the stove.The room was ablaze in an instant!"FIRE" screamed a voice.The house lights flashed,water pumps shot water from the ceiling.
The crash.The attic smashing into the kitchen and parlor.The parlor into cellar,cellar into sub-cellar.Deep freeze,armchair,film tapes, circuits,beds,and all like skeletons thrown in a cluttered mound deep under.Smoke and silence.A great quantity of smoke.Dawn showed faintly in the east.Among the ruins,one wall stood alone.Within the wall,a last voice said,over and over again,even as the sun rose to shine upon the heaped ruble and stream:"Today is August 5,2026,Today is August 5,2026,Today is..".