The Hideout

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.


old aqueduct

a subterranean refuge

from alien drones

The Hideout

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.



34 thoughts on “The Hideout

  1. Neat that we both came up with aliens in our stories this week. Yours is much more developed further along into an invasion… and the sadness and desperation of the survivor come through.

  2. “War had changed us both.” , found it moving and powerful.. and that final sentence proved just how much things have changed. great story 🙂

  3. Nice story. I thought it had a great War of the Worlds feel to it, although I realized you could take the word “alien” out and it could describe life in some parts of the world today.

    • Yes, I was careful to use the word “alien” before each instance of the word “drone” for that very reason. It’s sad that the world now reflects a reality so close to apocalyptic fiction.

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