I missed last week, traveling home from Israel–– just too much to get it done! The Jet lag is still whipping me; hence the early entry. This week I’m continuing my last story–– a dystopian gloom prevails, prompted by a photo by C.E. Ayr. I’m curious: who do you think is speaking–– husband or wife? Who was speaking in the other story (if you read it)? Is it the same person? I found it interesting that when I started writing this week, immediately drawn back to the last story… I realized that the narrator was not who I thought they were, and consequently, this voice changed subtly in my head. Please tell me what you think.
Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields leads the Fictioneers’ 100-word, flash fiction challenge. To join this wonderfully eclectic group of writers, or read the other stories, please visit Rochelle’s blog Addicted to Purple. As always, I welcome constructive, honest feedback, and I try to read as many as I can, in return.
Stone Cold Decay
Holding the meager rations we’ve gotten, we make our way back through alleys and streets once filled with vendors and markets, now silent. Occasionally the children still play, but that is less common as sidewalks crumble and mold grows in cracks and on walls. We all know it’s toxic. Playing outside has become a cautionary equation.
I squeeze your hand seeking warmth. Your face tightens, your mouth a thin pale line. I once felt panic, then dread, sensing our drift–– Now, like the toxic walls that surround our town, there can only be calculated contact.
(Word Count 95)
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