Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is for . . . THE END OF TIMES

Welcome to The Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2014! This year, I’m offering up a story – each one 100 words or fewer - for each letter of the alphabet.

Some are heartfelt, poignant, sweet. Others are…not. 

I hope you enjoy them.


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THE END OF TIMES

The boy on the bicycle tears down the old road toward my house. He slams to a stop, face sheened with sweat, panic. He heaves out his words. “Please. Help.”

I’m old, not stupid. People call me loner, paranoid, hermit. This could be a trick.

He waves a wad of bills. “Dad said you have supplies, guns. He made me climb out the window….”

Screams scratch the sky, rake down our spines.

The boy weeps, drops the money. The bills flutter away in the wind.

Guttural moans bleed into the air, staining the world that is now behind us.

*****

28 comments:

  1. This sent chills down my spine and I am not sure if they was good chills or bad ones

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  2. That is a very emotive moment - makes me want to know what happens next,
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

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  3. Glenda - I really hope they were the good kind. :)

    Susan - I'll take that as a compliment. :)

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  4. Sophie - maybe I'll continue the story one of these days.... :)

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  5. Alex - he can only ride his bike so fast! :)

    Jolie - we'll see.... :)

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  6. Oh my. But what is coming?!? Don't leave us hanging!

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  7. Crystal - hmm, I don't know. Zombies? Aliens? Marauders of some sort?

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  8. Oh my gosh, this one is so disturbing. (In a good way!) I really want to read more.

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  9. Julie, Patricia - I'll take dark and disturbing as compliments. :)

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  10. That is scary but what a great job you did in bringing out emotions in your readers.

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  11. Tasha - in my mind it's zombies but it really is open to interpretation. It can be whatever scares the reader the most. :)

    Doreen - thank you!

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  12. Scary, I hope he helps him! Great story!

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  13. Yup, just finished season 3 of Walking Dead...zombies were on my mind, too.

    Great flash fiction...mine is 10 x 10 style with a minimum of 100 words but a maximum of 10 sentences. Stop by sometime!

    D.B. McNicol
    A to Z: Romance & Mystery...writing my life

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  14. Donna - thanks! I'll definitely visit your blog soon - sounds interesting. :)

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  15. Gripping. Maybe I'm getting too used to 1000 words. Great inspiration too.
    Jemima
    #TeamDamyanti
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April

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  16. Like so many others, I want a follow up to what's happening. :)

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  17. Patricia - I love those kinds of stories, too.

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  18. My absolute favorite line: "Screams scratch the sky, rake down our spines."

    Of course my mind immediately goes to one place: Zombie apocalypse.

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