Lush and green were the hills. Finally. After what felt like an eternity of winter. And not just any winter. The bitterest, most unforgiving season of cruel ice and winds that cut like
The old pickup truck trundled down the highway as the first rest station they’d seen for fifty miles loomed ahead. Ahead, a long stretch of road, with nothing but rock and cactus and some pathetic fencing trying to keep god knows what out, or in.
Gen raised her head an inch and tried to survey the bridge from where where she lay. In the semi-darkness she could make out the bodies of her crew. Was she the only survivor? There was no movement. No sound. Just the throbbing red light and silence.
Her father was standing in the same spot, but he was talking to a neighbor who had walked over to ask him about the garden. The two men seemed oblivious to Suzy’s return, and she dropped to the ground searching the spot where she’d seen the ant before. But it was gone.
She had lived her entire life in this village. She’d watched a generation come up after her and move away. She had watch the generation before her slowly die off. There seemed to be nothing else to do except to wait her turn.
This morning her mug sat empty on the table across from him. He had placed it there, knowing full well she would never join him again for coffee.
Chaos reigned in the city. Ten million people, going fast in every direction, like an anthill scattered by a careless boot. Smoke filled the air. Screams of terror every few moments. All the
The battle had been won, but the body count was much higher than he’d hoped would be. Every few yards a lifeless heap, covered in armor that doubled its weight lay waiting
The sequined ballgown lay discarded in a pile on the floor. Wrapped in a bed sheet, she sat alone in luxury, watching the dawn break over the hills. Her head still buzzed with
Of all the moments in her short feline existence for something terrible to occur, this seemed the least appropriate.
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