I’m early this week! It’s almost time for Friday Fictioneers, when writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. This week’s photo is by Sarah Ann Hall.
The haiku and story were also inspired by the #liblit writing prompt provided today on Twitter by Shannon Wendt (@wordswendt). The prompt is “death” (a theme) and a bonus word, “subterranean.”
You can read other Friday Fictioneers’ work by clicking the link that appears below my story.
a subterranean refuge
from alien drones
by Jan Brown
The aqueduct was long overgrown. Dense brambles and a deep, rock-strewn channel provided a secluded refuge at night. The uneven terrain was not friendly to families with children, but we had lost our girls in the first wave of the invasion. After dark, the underground tunnel sheltered fugitives and fighters like my husband, Jack, and me.
Jack stoically ventured out today for fresh supplies and ammo—a perilous trip in sunlight, when alien drones can detect the slightest movement.
War had changed us both.
Tonight, I said a silent prayer as I lifted the supply packs from his scattered remains.