cha·os, noun: complete disorder and confusion. Disorder, disarray, disorganization, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commotion, disruption, upheaval, uproar, maelstrom.
In physics: behaviour so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions. The formless matter supposed to have existed before the creation of the universe.
Life goes on in an orderly fashion, day after day unfurling neatly. One day, while you’re driving home, a man walks up to you, at a traffic light. He points a gun at your chest and tells you to get down and leave him the car. Your car. The one you had ordered from the US, after working so hard for all those years.
When it had finally arrived, everybody had tiptoed around it for days! The elegant silvery coupé with the red upholstery, where she’d lean her lovely head on some nights, tired after the ball. The hatch in the back, from where the kids would squeal with joy when you’d take them on a round trip, instead of school, the... All those days in winter you’d driven your family up the mountains, all those summer afternoons to the hills and beaches...This guy had just climbed at the wheel and driven away with a savage grin, his dirty hands clutching the wheel you used to hold, and now you’re left walking aimlessly through the streets, in your mind a vague idea that you should go home and tell her that...the car is gone. That a guy in a uniform had asked for it and he...he had pointed his gun at you.
You had hated the war, it was finally over – and now things had just turned a whole lot worse.