Only i know what lies inside the box! Mystical forest treasures and strange codes! But what if someone else discovered my treasure box in the next twenty years?
The Last Crystal
The year is 2034. Sometime in the middle of the year 2025, a mass economic and environmental collapse ocurred worldwide. The people of today's world refer to this as "the Crash". The world's population was sliced in half, due to nuclear warfare and extreme levels of radioactivity. The United States has become a barnaric wasteland, and a battleground for he who tries to re-conquer the land. People have reverted back to a kind of primal state, but they are barely surviving in an unnatural, destroyed world.
There are very few forests left, almost all of America was industrialized and urbanized before the Crash occurred. The air in our atmosphere has been brown since 2020. I am currently wearing a very old gas-mask from the 1990's, this is one of my key elements of survival.
I found some plant seeds and have stolen plants from various stores in order to begin my garden. The soil outside is too radioactive to plant anything in, so my garden is inside a greenhouse. I dont think i could have lived without coming across this home i am in. It's in a very rural area in New Jersey. Whoever lived here before me was probably a zombie-apocolypse prepper, as i have found:
-a gas mask
-2 years worth of food in a hidden room
-countless amount of unused batteries
-4 automatic guns, a good supply of bullets
-this green house with seeds, fresh soil in bags, and large barrels of water.
-hatchets and hammers and instruments-of-protection galore
-The Anarchist Cookbook
-several books on surviving the apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, and economic crisis
-approximately 30 lighters scattered about the house
This guy had it all, and i am extremely grateful to have found this amazing little place for myself, away from most of the craziness of the cities. The nearest possible humans are on the other sideof the surprisingly large forest that this house is hidden in, about 7 miles away.
Today i have observed my plant seeds have grown to a decent size. I have planted tomatoes, strawberries, an apple tree, basil, ginger, and potatoes.
As i looked over my plant progress, i noticed something i hadn't noticed before peeking out from under the soil in the one unused planter spot. I reached into the dirt and pulled up a puzzling fossil: a light-feeling box, kept together with packing tape. The drawings were wearing away, but it was still distinguishable that the patterns were of eyes. The eyes looked wise and calm.
I got a knife and ripped off the packing tape. What i found inside made my heart skip a beat.
Phone numbers, addresses, drawings, a broke-in-half blue egg, a tooth of some sort, and a piece of quartz crystal.
The items were so organic, so natural and... Relieving, i suppose. In a world where barely anything organic is still alive and present, something about these items in this strange box felt sacred to me. I hadn't been so overwhelmed with emotion in months, i was caught off guard with feelings of joy, nostalgia, and human connection. This was me connecting with whoever left the box here, seeing what was important to them. It was the first real connective feeling i had felt in years. The crystal was beautiful. It had to be one of the last crystals in existence. (in 2030, the earth lost all it's precious gems and crystals to an experimental energy solution, but it did not work and all the crystals were smashed and incinerated, they are very rare now.)
I cherish this box now, especially the Quartz. I charge the small crystal in the sunlight and think of it as a good luck charm. The things i found in this box give me hope for our planet and humanity, something that i almost lost.