Fifteen-year-old James is always running away. When he sees London go boom from a distance, will there be anywhere left for him to run?
Mr. Shah just wants to do his shopping and get home. Instead, he finds himself caught in the chaos at the centre of an unfolding disaster with no idea what is happening. As the situation becomes more urgent, he is forced to make a choice that will live with him forever.
They are both plunged into a brutal and horrific new world, where many of the people they encounter are catastrophically transformed. Can they survive and reach a place of safety before it's too late?
The Gathering is a ~6000-word short story that runs parallel to the opening chapters of the 5-star reviewed British horror novel End Storm, and tells what really happened to some of that novel's minor characters when the End began.
The story can be enjoyed before or after reading End Storm, with no fear of spoilers.