Nowhere Safe

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Flash Fiction, 300 words. Life away from civilization might be safer but that doesn't mean it's safe.

Marching through woodland with the dying Autumn sun growing shadows along a graveled path, a hunter headed towards the ruins of a gunpowder mill. The man clutched a rifle with the carcasses of two dead rabbits slung over his shoulders. He could hear the trickling stream and the last of the day's bird song in the trees.

Upon entering the mill, the man saw the glow of a fire in the middle of the room. In the corner, another man stood with his back to the door, leaning over a sleeping girl who looked sickly pale. A woman also stood close by with arms crossed to stop herself from shaking.

“What’s the diagnosis, Doctor?” asked the hunter.

The man turned; keeping his fingers pressed on the girls' wrist. "A fever, I've administered some medication to take the edge off for poor Lucy here." He paused for a moment in contemplation. "Something in these woods is my suspicion. I'd suggest moving her into a more appropriate dwelling."

"See! I told you, John!" screamed the woman at the hunter. "Lucy and Joseph can't take any more of this..."

"We don't have a choice, the foreigners will come. And they'll expect us to be in the cities, towns, and villages. To round us up like cattle."

"My friend, it's been months since the war. I hear good reports about rebuilding society. There's nothing to fear." added the Doctor.

"Hey, dad! Look what I've found!" said a young boy who stood at the door brandishing a cell phone-shaped object with a bright flashing red light.

“You can’t bring that in here.” John swiped the item out of his son's hand and threw it out in the distance. Suddenly and unexpectedly there was an explosion. He turned to the Doctor and whispered “You were saying...”


Submitted: June 05, 2021

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