Last updated September 11, 2003
By: Stephanie M. Novikoff
Today, it all changed
In a single instant everything was changed
September 11, 2001
By: Rachel Needleman
What happened today was unspeakable evil,
By: 'Nova Strike'
|The World Changed Today
By: Shannon Novikoff a.k.a One Amahira
I felt it in the air, as I stared up at the sky
I sit and watch the horror, shown on the news
I will always remember, where I was when I finally heard
Forever I'll look back, and see the partly clouded sky
The world changed today
Smoke drifts 'cross the bay
But I am alive, and I will not forget
By: 'Jason M. Lee'
This, I dedicate to all of those who have lost their loved ones on Flights 93, 77, 11, and 175. Also to those whom worked at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. To the families that had relatives and friends from Newark, Boston, and Dulles, I send my condolences, as does others.
This attack hits me close to home, as the news mentioned about alerting all military personnel abroad and local. The main reason is that I have a cousin currently stationed at Germany and I fear for his life. I haven't seen him in over three years already.
You could say that this one is an AU, using my characters from DT and LIRW in our present setting. As to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, "A day which will live in infamy."
Disclaimers: May Kwan Yin have mercy on those who weren't able to make it out and may the Lord serve punishment on those who coordinated this indecent act against humanity.
/Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
Loud explosions rocked the still air of New York City as two Boeings
crashed into the two World Trade Center. Coordinated chaos soon sprung
up as employees and tourists rush to the exits. Later, the collapse of
the South WTC and then the North WTC.
All hell and chaos broke loose.
The sound of people buried alive underneath the tons of concrete and metal. Screams, moans, and pleas rang through the air. Ambulances, fire trucks, and squad cars' sirens rang endlessly throughout the air. Orders and commands were thrown around.
The sounds of people, whom the loved ones that had worked in the Twin Towers once, now cried in despair, denial, and in a thinly hanging hope of a miracle. Many people are running toward the site, lending much needed hands on finding the surviving and saving the injured.
An endless cycle of commands and instructions in the many hospitals, mixed in with high trauma alert and in the ERs. Outside at local Red Cross centers and smaller medical facilities, US citizens are lining to donate their blood.
/'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
"Where's the crash cart?!"
"V-fib!! It's a V-fib!!! Doc Chi!!"
"Two hundred joules!" The swishing of conductivity fluid spreading onto the paddles. "Clear!"
Interns and nurses alike immediately backed away. The body arched up but a flat line shot through their ears.
Again, the body arches but finally a strong beat shows up on the monitor.
"Send her to the ICU! Now!"
"Dr. Po! Burn center!! We got a guy with second and third-degrees over fifty percent on his body!!"
"V! Take over!!"
/Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
"Everybody move! Come on!! Jason!!"
"Get out! Go go go!!"
Upon noting the sight of the oncoming cloud dust, Duo immediately ran and pulled a child within his arms, and dove behind a police station wagon. The boy's family also joined him, some of the younger children crying.
Few seconds later, the cloud rolled over with the shockwave rocking all of them. A thick blanket of dust, gray and white, covered the area as the cloud continued to roll. A loud roar reached everybody's ears after several seconds.
"God help us all..." Duo whispered, noting the destruction. After handing over the boy with several mouth guards, he ran into the mess to help out, tying a handkerchief around his mouth.
Directing the ambulances was hell, including the fire trucks. Jason realized that improvising was an immediate must while shouting orders to lingering people to help out those buried. Luckily, he worked for the Office of Emergency Management but wasn't the head honcho as the office here was trashed and the boss was away in Long Island.
Relena ran through the aisles of people donating blood, swallowing the bile that threatened to rise up. Reminding herself harshly that the injured needed it badly, she quickly took in the next donor and directed him to another seat. Expertly, she rubbed the nook of the elbow with a antiseptic pad, stuck the needle in, and flipped the tab. For a few seconds, Relena watched the blood flow from the arm to the bag before tearing her eyes away to get back to work.
The others were all busy in either rescuing, comforting, reporter, or healing.
/The Lord has promis'd good to me,
"Geeze Christ!! This is unbelievable!!" The camera image zoomed in on the Pentagon, still smoking. "Get in closer!!"
"Odin, are you nuts?! We're gonna be smoked in!!"
"We'll be needing this for later, Dam!! I can't believe the morons! Have they no sense of humanity and decency?!"
"Will you shut up?! I'm getting something!" Silence, save the helicopter's motor and sirens down below. "Crap! Another one got kicked!"
"Somerset, PA! Another Boeing dropped down there!"
"Aw Christ! This just gets better and better!! Who's the jackass behind
this stupid idea?!"
"Forget it, I'm going in!"
"Thought you didn't want to!"
"Just shut up!! This is already bad enough! Next thing the beaucrats are gonna do is declare war!"
"They can't do that without Congress' approval!!"
Down below, Heero, Trowa, and Wufei were helping on rerouting traffic
/Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
Whirling around from facing an injured old man, Lina stared in disbelief at the young messenger babbling in one of the Arabian dialects. When the boy finished, many older folks began weeping while the more younger people were swearing vengeance.
Sighing, the young teen finished bandaging up the man and excused herself to the restroom. Closing the door, disbelief ran rampant and anger on the indecent act.
"If FDR was still here," Lina mused to herself, "he'd say that same line again."
"Lina? We got plenty more patients to finish up!" Ahmed yelled.
Outside and on the other side of the border line, both blondes could hear faint cheers from the Palestinians. The Arabian felt disgusted by the Israelites' opponents reactions. "Have they no sense of decency?" he muttered.
"I'm afraid their sense of decency contradicts ours," one man said in fluent English.
"To commit such an act..."
The older man shook his head. "What they believe is good for them, let them believe in it. Osama bin Laden's men have become heartless, as he himself became. Kamikazing oneself just for a belief may be acceptable."
"But suiciding with hundreds of innocent people is unacceptable!" Ahmed protested. "This is just plain murder!"
"Then Allah bless those lost and punish those who committed such act. We send our condolences, Winner-san."
One fist ended up in a wall, creating a hole and sending out a curse. Placing a soft hand onto his shoulder, Lina shook her head.
/The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
But God, who call'd me here below,
Internationally, the whole world mourned and condemned the actions. For some, they thought that the US deserved what it got.
Near Veterans Memorial after many months of working, a new park (aptly named Absens Memorial) was created and another memorial made. This one was dedicated to those lost to the hijacked plane bombings. After the farewell ceremony, more than one hundred thousand doves were released into the air. The Marines did the traditional twelve gun salute into the air, a bagpipe and a choir singing "Amazing Grace" solemnly.
Inscribed on a plague below the statue of a weeping Mary holding a dying Jesus, along with smaller statues of various deities in various cultures:
~To those who are lost and brave,
September 11, 2001,
Lives are taken and lives are given,
Let these be remembered,
Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
/The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
Months of intense search to find those who supported and coordinated the plan won't be enough to relieve the hundreds of families' loss. Only a slight consolation and maybe some sense of justice.
Who knows, maybe the future generations will learn to avoid another heinous act. Justice, freedom and decency are some things taken for granted, plus ethnicity on occasion.
But humanity is something that SHOULD NOT be taken for granted, never in the now, and never in the future.
Have we all lost some sense of humanity and justice, freedom and ethnicity?
Have THEY no sense of humanity?
AN: I feel rather sober and disgusted about this incident. The worse thing the US did to some of the Mid-East countries were the air strikes. If this hijacking/bombing is in retaliation for the air strikes, I say that this is the most stupidest thing ever done I've ever seen in my entire life. Being glued to the TV, watching the news almost everything since I was a child, I've always had the sense of awareness. For those with younger siblings still in elementary, explain it to them later on. This one should be kept out of their sights but I can't say the same for those living in DC and NYC.
The last few parts are all fictious, of my own speculation/prediction. Of course, it might happen but try not to take it too seriously.
The Psalm mentioned is taken from Bush's address. I claim no rights to it.
"Absens" means "gone" in Latin, thus the farewell to the lost souls, lives taken harshly away.
By: Aubrey Robare a.k.a Wolfshadow
By: 'Nuriko Houjun'
I see it slowly falling apart in front of me
It burns strongly among buildings and wreckage
The struggle in out hearts as we watch all this
Kaze No Uta
stop I had a dream A beautiful, long dream
The water reflected moon sees the emptiness, it stops swaying
~~~I am deeply pained for everyone that lost a relative or family member in that accident. I hope that another day like this will never appear in front or us again and that we will all someday be able to live more carefree lives again. As for now, we can only hope and pray for the best.~~~
|No One is a Stranger
By: Rachel Strunc a.k.a. Goldfish
Today's the day
I'm standing alone
The stars are crying,
The man on the street,
Because today I know,
Today's the day
Three hi-jacked planes
Today, for once, no
Why do you hate me? I do not hate you. I do
not know you, yet you are a coward and strike against the country that
I live in. I am a part of this country, and thus it is an act of hatred
against myself, my friends, my family, and the nation as a whole. Who you
are, I do not know.
By: 'Kia Purity'
I don't know about the rest of you, but after the shock wore off, I found out I'm beyond angry. America WILL NOT take this atrocity against our people lying down. Ever.
By: 'Neon Tiger'
A flight of angels
By: Joey D. Line
©9/13/01 Brent Lowell
By: Jared S. Allen, AKA 'Trigger Xero'
What's this I see? The result of illogical logic? Can it be that this is just a bad dream..? No... I am not so lucky... Neither are the families, friends, or people in general who died on that sad day of September eleventh, two thousand one. This short piece of writing... I hope... will at least give me... and others... some peace.
All these terms describe what I felt all at once when I saw the news on September 11 2001, at 9:00 am, PST. I felt all these things, all in one on that sad morning....
Can this... can this be real? No... It can't.. no one would do something like this.... Yet it has... Oh God I wish this was a dream... please.. let me wake up from this nightmare... But this isn't a dream, as surreal as it seems.
I feel angry... Angry at the people responsible... angry in a way that almost scares me. I wanted to literally rip the people responsible to shreds... and that scares me greatly... But we are justified. We have been attacked. It's time strike back. But at who?
I feel sorrow for the lives lost... the lives shattered by this senseless act... Can it even be humanly possible to view this scene of terrorist caused mass murder, and not feel anything? Such a tragedy is sure to go down in history as, like FDR put it, "A day that will live in infamy."
I am curious, yes... but in a way everyone is. Who caused this? Why was it done? Perhaps we shall never know... or perhaps we will. Fate has yet to decide, I suppose.
I am terrified, yes. That says alot, really... I'm not budged by much. I'm scared mostly because I feel like it could happen on the west coast, as easily as it did on the east. I'm scared that more deaths and tragedies like the WTC and the Pentagon could occur again, and closer to home this time.
I am overcome with disgust by this cowardly act. The bastards responsible have lit a fuse on the USA, and the USA is going to explode, most definitely, with overwhelming force towards those responsible. Bush has declared that these attacks were "An act of war" and as such, he will punish those responsible accordingly.
I sing this constantly now... perhaps you'll recognize the song it's from. It's called, "God Bless the U.S.A.", and it's by Lee Greenwood.
"I'm proud to be an American
Let it be known that the American people will not sit by and let this go unpunished. I'm proud to be an American, despite how bad things can be in this great country, I'll gladly fight for it. May God bless those lost on that sad day, and may God show no mercy to those responsible for these acts. And may God bless the United States of America. I will pray for those lost, and those in need of rescue. I can only hope that each of you will do the same as well. God bless.
o/` I'm proud to be an American... o/`
The Angels weep for the dead, the injured and the mournful. I hope swift but not blind justice is delt to whoever was the cause of this.
By: Suzanne Moses
September 13th, 2001
We've always done what we do best,
We watch in shock the scenes unfold
Please, wake us from this nightmare
We ask each other /How they dare/
The unknown numbers, now with God
Dedicated to the employees of American Airlines and United Airlines. In memory of the victims of the tragedy of September 11, 2001.