This piece is about a giant who falls over on a city landscape and the cascading media coverage.
The giant fell backwards along with a high rise building. People in the distance caught the glance of the crumbling. During the giant’s impact there were poor souls working inside the high rise, observing the fragmentation of concrete walls. When destruction is unexpected it makes reality seem unreal and banality of not believing one’s eyes clings true as the impending death, at last it happens to us all. Giant’s blood covered the exterior and the insiders never knew. The remote observers were frozen with mouths opened, congregating the odd components of the city scene. The giant lied still amidst the dusty city ruins.
“Is anyone filming this?” a dude asked. Strangely appropriate.
Twitter was overflowing with speculation about the giant and who’s fall led to the death of thousands of people. Most of the speculation seemed to be based on pop-cultural phenomenon, like was the giant some extraterrestrial or perhaps a spawn of a weird experiment, or could it be... that it came from another dimension? These theories were not picked up by the mainstream media. From the helicopter the giant seemed like a caucasian male tourist, just huge. He was wearing cargo shorts and a black t-shirt displaying a famous beer brand which was pixelated in some media. Still, the stock of the said beer skyrocketed, unlike the dormant giant who seemed passed out. A pair of giant sunglasses was crushed in the fall. A cap had fallen off his head and absolutely smashed the entrance to a bank. Just the cost of cleaning up the street blood was estimated to be pricey but auspicious rain cleaned most of it away. A twitter influencer, or a self-proclaimed “stalwart journalist”, by the name of Mikey who coincidentally resided in the same city asked the tough question of “is this thing alive?” and went into the zone with a live feed abled through his action cam.
Mikey put on his helmet with the cam on top, tightened the velcro for the elbow pads and made sure no backpack straps would get in his way. Godspeed and the van door slid shut. The livestream watched him ascend a pile of debris. Rain had ceased but thick grey clouds were still looming. In between the intact high rise buildings were the emergency services and in between them were the media and above was the circulating helicopter. The body of the giant just laid there.
“They say he ordered tequila shots for the girls but they declined so he had to drink them all”, a journalist told Mikey. He stinked of alcohol and the giant actually looked like someone who enjoyed his tequila. Another journalist told him a rumour about a regular sized person who looked just like the giant, spotted in a drunk cell in Bangkok. Mikey approached the giant and could still sense his drunk breathing, it surprised him that everyone around was so calm.
“When you’ve worked in the industry for 30 years there are no surprises anymore”, a veteran reporter told Mikey and his stream followers. A collaborative effort managed to loot the giant’s pockets and it contained the same items as in Mikey’s pockets: a phone and keys. Mikey looked upon the giant version of his phone running the streaming software and displaying the chat between his followers. He picked up his phone from his pocket and saw the messages again but on a smaller screen. That was odd, he thought. Yet the facts were even more obvious once the drunk cell prisoner woke up - he, in an interview, told everyone he was the giant and fell backwards on a bender and was of course remorseful about the deaths.
“I’ve seen footage”, one guy wrote in the chat and linked to a video clip from last night showcasing the drunk man falling backwards on the streets of Bangkok. Mikey wondered about the giant’s key and if there was a corresponding giant’s version of his house. People looked it up online for him and they found out there was, although absurd it simply had never come into mainstream knowledge. The windows of the elevating skyscrapers looked like eyes. Did they look that way because they were designed that way or that he simply just perceived it that way? No matter, he felt small. The giant woke up and groaned and wanted something for his hangover.