The hatch swung open revealing bleak darkness. The air cracked and whistled as it cleaved through the black abyss. A sultry breeze pricked Allison’s face. The air was muggy and hot. Allison took in a breath and coughed as it burnt her throat and lungs. She pulled her shirt up over her nose and squinted her eyes through the burning wind. She rotated herself around the circular opening, trying to make out anything through the darkness. Allison stopped rotating as a fascinating sight caught her attention. A thin stream of golden light a few feet away stretched down from the heavens, like the cord on an angel’s harp. Bits of ash floated through it like dirty snowflakes. Allison endured the sweltering air and opened her eyes wide in astonishment. Through the looming clouds a single strand of glossy sunlight reached down and elegantly touched the ashy earth. Allison pulled herself out from the tunnel and made her way to the light, feeling her way with her hands. She stumbled over a few things as she walked but managed to get there safely. She stopped just inches from the heavenly glow and examined it closely with her eyes. She slowly slipped her hand under the radiant beam and felt its warm touch tickle her skin. She followed the ray of light up to its source and watched as it gradually faded until it melted in with the darkness above. Allison walked her eyes back down the glistening sunbeam before falling down to her knees at its base. There on the ground, amongst the layer of ash, sprouted a tiny green plant, reaching up into the sunlight.