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.


*****

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:

Glenda Cates said...

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

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Very ominous and interesting.

Sophie Duncan said...

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

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

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

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

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He didn't make it in time...

Jolie du Pre said...

I agree with Sophie! This one should be longer.

Precious Monsters

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

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

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

Crystal Collier said...

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

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

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

Julie Flanders said...

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

Patricia Stoltey said...

Deliciously dark tale, Madeline.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

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

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Ooh, is it zombies? Sounds like people are definitely in trouble. Exciting!
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings - AtoZ (Vampires)
FB3X - AtoZ (Erotic Drabbles)

Doreen McGettigan said...

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

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

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!

Unknown said...

Scary, I hope he helps him! Great story!

Donna B. McNicol said...

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

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Kathy - I hope he does, too. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

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

Jemima Pett said...

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

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Jemima - thank so much!

Suzi said...

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

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Suzi - maybe…. :)

Anonymous said...

Great job. Love end of the world stories, even short ones.

~Patricia Lynne~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Patricia - I love those kinds of stories, too.

Michelle Wallace said...

Oooh, chilling... and keeps us hanging...

Bevimus said...

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

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