The center of the earth? Have you thought about what might lie beneath our always moving feet? Maybe there is a burning ball of lava, or maybe an ancient civilization that found a way to sustain life below. But, maybe there is nothing, just darkness. Archaeologist have spent hundreds of years digging and searching for ancient artifacts that can tell us about the history of the earth.
It’s time we find out what lies at the center of the earth. I plan to begin digging. All I need is a shovel and maybe a flashlight when it gets too deep. I should first put on some dirty sneakers so I don’t ruin my fresh new ones. Although, when I find the center I will become famous and be a millionaire so I can buy new shoes. In the garage we have a few different shovel choices. The snow shovel definitely isn’t going to work, the plastic would break once I get past the soil. Definitely the shovel my dad uses for gardening. I don’t want to dig too close to the tree, I need to let in all the light that I can. I ripped off a long piece of rainbow duct tape and wrapped the flashlight around my Disney World hat. Time to dig.
Several hours have past and I am estimated to be halfway through the core. The sweat has built up in my hat and I am so thankful for the flashlight. The darkness is enclosed around me. I look up to try and see sunlight, but there is nothing. With the light of the sun gone now I continue to dig. The dirt is flying around me and the ground is getting warm. I must be close to the center. What if it is molten lava? Oh boy it’s a good thing I wore my old sneakers. My fingers are becoming callused as I get closer and closer to the center of the earth. Finally, my shovel rings as it cracks against bare metal. I use my tired fingers to dust off the loose dirt.
The metal that almost broke my shovel is a heavy door with an iron lock. After smacking the lock a few times I break it and lift the door open. Below is a set of metal stairs that look almost new. Just as I take my first step the flashlight runs out of batteries. Shaking my hat doesn’t seem to bring it back to life. I am going to have to go back inside the house and find more batteries. I should have brought extras down! Now I need to climb out a 1,000 foot hole to get batteries. I climb out of the hole and I am reminded of how nice the sun feels on cool skin. That hole is dark and damp and cold. I should grab a sweater too.
“Honey? What are you up to?”
“I am digging to the center of the earth.”
“Hmm…well dinner is almost ready.”
“MOM! I don’t have time! I need batteries and a sweater and I need to get back.”
“At least take a granola bar to the center of the earth, darling.”
“Fine.” She has no idea of the gravity of this situation. GRAVITY! I wonder what gravity is like at the center of the earth.
via Daily Prompt: Center