Beating in Selfishness

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Humans aren't the only things that have a heart.

Submitted: May 20, 2010

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Beating in Selfishness

Icy blue waves crash in relentless sheets at the shore of the snow-white sand, the foamy bubbles of water carrying stray debris with it; But the deep red bricks that were skillfully stacked to prevent this kind of reckless disaster were no match for the sub-zero water that rolled speedily towards it.

Humans scatter and flutter around, helpless and confused, with their children’s hands clutched in their own, belongings also in tow; some with heavy-looking suitcases, and a trade few perched with only an item or two – A worn blanket, a Polaroid photographgrasped between jumping palms.

The little ones scream in terror, tears easily springing free from their somber eyes. For their child-like minds are hardly capable of capturing the dangers within the heart of the storm, and all they can comprehend is that mommy and daddy are crying, too, and that they are acting kind of funny and strange.

Then there are those that make his or her way through the crowd stony-faced; their expressing giving nothing away of the sheer fear that must be racking and rattling every nerve and vessel wired in their body.

Yet still the waves crash, thrashing and twirling above the townspeople, their cars, their homes, the lives they are now eager to leave behind.

The people continue their fleeing to higher ground. The stone-faced, the cherubic, the parents, although they may not have the same motivations, share the same goal: for their dearest ones to survive above all the struggle. But that doesn’t halt the malevolent heart of the storm that lies beneath the angry water.

It beats upon its own accord.


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