Ghost Town

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Daniel and Stephanie are lost. Will the sign they come across help them to find out where they are?

Submitted: March 23, 2017

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Ghost Town

 

Daniel and Stephanie were lost. It had seemed ages ago that they had passed through the last town and there had been no signposts to use to try and track where they were on the map. The gauge showed that they had plenty of fuel, though, and they had nowhere they had to be anytime soon -- “Let’s just keep driving,” Stephanie suggested.

 

Daniel kept going at a steady speed. The streets were strangely quiet, deserted even. There was no pressure to rush, and the fuel would last longer if they paced themselves.

 

Hey, look, Daniel.....Up ahead. A sign!” Stephanie kept her eyes focused on it. “Mortown. Pull over for a second and I’ll check out the map.”

 

Daniel sat and waited while Stephanie studied the map, tracing her finger along one road, then another. “Strange how the population has been crossed out to read zero,” he muttered. “Some joker, no doubt.”

 

Not here.” Stephanie traced her finger along another road then looked at Daniel and shrugged. “Can’t find a Mortown anywhere,” she said.

 

Oh, well. We’ll grab a snack somewhere and someone will no doubt put us straight.” Daniel started up the car and drove into the town.

 

It was deserted. The houses were clearly empty, neglected. Many had their doors open, windows broken. Weeds and grass sprouted up everywhere. The only sound was the cars engine, and their own breathing.

 

This is so weird,” Stephanie whispered. Anything louder would have felt wrong.

 

Daniel thought back to the sign. “Maybe it wasn’t some joker after all.”

 

Stephanie gave him a quizzical glance.

 

The sign! Someone had crossed out the population number and replaced it with a zero. I just presumed it was some kid having a laugh!”

 

As they carried on through the town they came to what must have been the center of it. Shops were lined up, both sides of the street. Most still had goods of some sort in their windows, not modern stuff though. It all looked to be about fifty years old or more. Cobwebs obscured some of the glass; no one had been around to tidy up the displays.

 

The cafe came into view. Signs for drinks, many long gone were displayed in the window. The Coca Cola sign was a real collector’s item. “Shall we?” Daniel asked. “I mean, nobody’s going to miss it, are they?”

 

No! Leave it, Dan. I think we should just get out of here, not touch a thing. This place is creeping me out.”

 

Okay, Steph. We’ll leave it.”

 

They carried on driving through the silent town. They did not talk, tried to look straight ahead and not glance at the buildings. There was the occasional vehicle parked up outside somewhere, but no one, no bodies even, to be seen. It was just as though one day everyone had just suddenly.......vanished!

 

When they got to the edge of the town both Daniel and Stephanie breathed sighs of relief.

 

That was so weird,” Stephanie said as they drove out of town and along the road.

 

Weird? I’ll tell you what’s weird, Steph. Look behind us!”

 

Stephanie looked out of the rear window and there was nothing, no Mortown, to be seen.


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