It pretty much is all metaphorical, minus the nighttime component being "in the shadow of the Earth". An invisible "shadow" could also be seen as more literal. I was purposely going for open and vague.
"The entry lies in a shadow, either following something that came before or being hidden from view."
Saying that, I now see that a better description would simply be a combination of "following in footsteps" and "darkness (lack of light)."
It was supposed to be vague, of course. The intention for this is to focus on an aftermath. I didn't want to specify it as life-changing or world-ending. Just an after story. Perhaps a collapse of structure.Large scale event? Er.. what kind of event? This component is extraordinarily vague, so what was the intent behind it?
Post family death, post job loss, post windfall, post government collapse, post fight, etc.
Maybe I'll have to stick it to "Life-altering event, personal or global." I definitely don't want to touch apocalypse.
EDIT: the story after the main story
Honestly, my last component is kind of garbage. I started out thinking about an eclipse, and then tried to lump all of astronomy into the idea. Doesn't really work.The rest of the components are clear enough to get what you're going for, so I guess those are all my questions.