Age Old Sustenance

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

Flash Fiction, 286 words. A trip down memory lane where life was of abundant quality, times missed in more ways than one.

Glancing over a sea of graves, an old couple sat perched on a bench. It was a bitter morning with layers of frost covering the headstones, blades of grass, and wilting trees. Dark grey clouds littered the sky, suppressing the sunlight and threatening thunderous storm clouds on the horizon.

"They're getting younger, Arthur." said the lady.

"Yes, my dear. It cannot be helped"

"Why does this keep happening, I don't understand it."

"Well, Cynthia, this place had once been full of life because of the industrial revolution. Work for people was, say, aplenty. Houses were built, made of sturdy materials. Families grew bountifully with full bellies."

"Ah, yes, they did Arthur. I remember all too, well. It's such a shame these lives are being cut down before their prime."

"Yes, that is so true. That is so very, very true."

"I hate this town" Cynthia looked into Arthur's eyes for approval of her remark but added: "But I know it has sustained us for so many wonderful years together."

"Do not fear, my love." Arthur took one of Cynthia's hands between his palms "For this is only a bad period, it will be undone. Factories shall return, quality of life restored once more. We will not want much longer."

Along the path near them, a schoolboy was approaching. He had a Gameboy in hand and he was listening to a tape cassette player hanging out of his jacket pocket. Completely immersed in a world of his own.

Arthur turned to Cynthia and asked in a soft tone "Breakfast, my dear?" The pair smiled at one another showing off their fangs.

They revisited days later to see another plot filled, complaining once more of an unsatisfactory meal.


Submitted: June 05, 2021

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