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Short story By: otis english
Flash fiction


Tags: Fiction


fiction with a truth to real life philosophy - by otis english


Submitted:Jul 18, 2008    Reads: 116    Comments: 0    Likes: 1   


6/07 2007 'NUMBER 2000'

I WAS LAST IN LINE--1999 COMPANIONS WERE AHEAD OF ME WALKING NORTH IN SINGLE FILE --ON A WELL TRAVELED PATH--THAT MAKES IT TO BE 2000 OF US--WE HAD A LONG WALK AHEAD OF US TO GET SUPPLIES--IT WAS NIGHT TIME--NONE OF US COULD SEE VERY WELL--BUT WE ALL HAD A GOOD SENSE OF SMELL AND A SENSTIVE TOUCH ABILITY--

SUDDENLY THUNDER AND THEN RAIN AND OF COURSE WATER POURING DOWN THE HILL THAT WAS ABOVE THE TRAIL WE WERE WALKING ON--

A SUDDEN RUSH OF WATER HIT ME AND DOWN THE SIDE OF THE HILL I TUMBLED--FINALLY I CAUGHT ONTO SOMETHING AND MANAGED TO CLIMB HIGH ENOUGH TO SEE THE WATER PASSING BELOW ME--AFTER THE STORM WAS OVER AND THE WATER HAD CEASED TO FLOW--IT WAS OBVIOUS I HAD TO TRY TO CLIMB BACK UPHILL TO THE TRAIL--IT TRULY WAS A STRUGGLE--BUT I MADE IT--NOW ALL I HAD TO DO WAS TAKE A LEFT ON THE TRIAL AND HEAD NORTH AGAIN IN HOPES OF MEETING MY FELLOW COMPANIONS-

SOON AFTER DAY BREAK I MET WITH MY COMPANIONS--IN THEIR STRANGE SOUNDS THEY OFFERED ME GLEE THAT I HAD MADE IT SAFELY--THEY TOLD ME 3 WERE NOW MISSING--AND THAT THEY INTENDED TO WAIT 3 DAYS BEFORE HEADING BACK TO BASE--THE SUPPLIES WERE BADLY NEEDED AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO MOVE ON----

WE EACH HAD TO CARRY A BURDEN OF FOOD AND OTHER SUPPLIES THAT WAS EQUAL TO OUR OWN BODY WEIGHT--THIS WAS TOUGH--BUT WE COULD DO IT--

BACK DOWN THE TRAIL ALONG THE HILLSIDE WAS UNEVENTFUL--OUR BASE WAS VERY GLAD TO SEE US AND WERE QUICK TO SHOW THEIR EMOTIONS ABOUT THIS SUCCESSFUL TRIP--THIS TRIP HAD TO BE MADE ABOUT ONCE A MONTH--IF WE WERE TO SURVIVE AND CARE FOR THE YOUNGER ONES--

I AM 'RED ANT' NUMBER '2000' AND MY FRIEND HAS WRITTEN THIS EVENT IN HOPES OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS AND TO DEMONSTRATE THE DIFICULTY OF THE PRESSING URGE TO SURVIVE--

THE FUTURE LOOKED GOOD TO US AT THIS TIME--HOWEVER WE WERE WELL AWARE OF THE 'UNCERTAINTY' OF THE FUTURE--REPRODUCTION AND PERSISTENCE WERE THE TWO MAIN QUALITIES NEEDED--AND WE HAD THEM--

WRITTEN BY OTIS ENGLISH--FOR 'ANT'- # 2000 kevnn21@localnet.com please write to me--an 82 year old needs encouragement--





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