The Day the Comet Came

Two rival gangs of children rule a council estate. Within the Starlit Vampire Parade camp, Eve holds a secret love for her best friend and co-leader of the group, Raven, but unfortunately he is already taken.
But what does any of this really matter when the world is about to end in a matter of weeks?


4. Revenge

“Does anyone have any proposals?” inquired Raven.

         “I think we ought to go over there and do the same to Ste!” shouted a tall boy at the back. “An eye for an eye is the only fair way to do things!”

         Eve shook her head, muttering something about boys always wanting fights.

“Even if that were a sensible policy, there’s no way we could do it. The only one of us even remotely capable of beating him up is Lion, and he’s at home with a broken leg after he fell off the tyre swing.”

         After a brief pause, a smaller girl near the front of the group piped up, “How about the music treatment?”

         “Sounds good to me,” said Raven.

         Once Eve had given her approval and rest of the members had voted on the decision (it was almost unanimous), the two leaders pulled back the turf under the tree again and took out the mp3 player. Raven had managed to acquire the coveted item last Christmas after begging his parents for hours. The Vampires would occasionally donate remnants of their pocket money to the gang’s funds which were used to buy new songs. The selection was still relatively limited, but it was better than nothing.

         Raven edged as close as he dared to the dead centre of the field without brushing Goldrat territory. Once there, the little machine was docked in its speakers and a suitably indie song that was bound to be offensive to the ears of the Goldrats was chosen. He turned the volume up, blaring the music across the whole estate.

         Over at Goldrat HQ, Becki and Charlie were still busy parading Ste around in celebration of his attack earlier that evening. When their rivals’ music began, Charlie stamped at the ground and ordered that their mp3 player be retrieved as well. Soon enough, the Goldrats’ club music attempted to drown out the enemy sound.

         In retaliation, Raven turned Green Day up full blast.

         Flo Rida rose above it.

         The Starlit Vampire Parade began to sing. Some of the children banged their tree in time.

         On the other side of the field, the Goldrats followed suit, the two songs merging together in a screamed cacophony.

         Eve found the hands of Aoife and another younger girl, Sofia. Still singing, they skipped over the border together and into the Goldrat camp to put their rivals off. Goldrats copied, breaking into Vampire territory. Some of them attempted to throw punches at the children in dark clothing, but their skinny bodies propelled them away, tauntingly. The groups merged, the gold of one group stark against the black of the other. Small bodies whirled in and out of each other like a hurricane. The gangs continued their rivalry in this way for most of the evening, singing and taunting, fighting and scarpering.

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