Through the Dreamers We Hear the Hum

99 words –

“Come on, let’s go…”

Boots once muddied from play now covered in sand. Nights full of treacherous poison and days under the beating sun. The child sleeps without rest, walks along, follows. She yearns for the bed behind them. It was shared, but home. The promise ahead is…cold.

She trudges in boots broken through to her tiny calloused feet and hides as a car passes. “Through the dreamers we hear the hum,” plays from the radio, the air-conditioner blares, to the next gas stop or rest stop.

Not for her though, the dreamer, with nowhere to rest, to stop.


Inspired by the prompt “Boots” with the 99 word limitation over at the Carrot Ranch.

Inspired by Of Monsters and Men.

Pushed by current events.



  1. D.Avery January 21, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Tough shoes to walk in… powerful take on the prompt.

  2. Charli Mills January 24, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    When I champion literary art, this is why: even 99 words can put us in another’s shoes. We can’t be the same after we experience the shift in perspective. Thank you for this powerful flash Mardra.

    • Mardra January 28, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Or another’s boots. Get it? Boots!
      And Thank you, Dear, thanks for the prompts, they keep us all speaking (writing) the words (and worlds) that need to be shared.

  3. Michael January 25, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

    First, I love getting turned onto new music so thank you for the video. I’ve never heard of Monsters and Men before and I like what I’m hearing. What I love about your story is that you’ve left the ‘why’ up to the reader so while we know that a child is fleeing, some of the horror is left to our imaginations.

    • Mardra January 28, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

      I love finding new music, too! SO I’m delighted to have shared a new find for you. And Thank You!

  4. Colleen January 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Wow! I felt your words. <3

  5. Chelsea January 27, 2018 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Good story, well written. Thanks for writing it.

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