Details of the challenge can be found here: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/tale-weaver-no-148-dust/ The red dust was gathering, eating everything in its wake.
Bridges, buildings, roads, all disappeared into the haze.
Many saw it as a sign of the end of the world as they knew it.
Scientists remembered War of the Worlds and buried themselves in their laboratories to check supplies of the flu virus and other bacteria.
The Met Office scanned their charts for clues.
Governments moved into action to protect their asses to avert blame, tweets running rife and pointing a finger at the Russians.
Two thousand miles away, kids played in the streets enjoying an impromptu day off school.
People came out of their homes to sweep their driveways.
Mothers sighed at having to do the laundry again.
Jim cycled to work as usual.
Whatever it was and whatever had caused it, had passed.