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.
Tough shoes to walk in… powerful take on the prompt.
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.
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.
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.
I love finding new music, too! SO I’m delighted to have shared a new find for you. And Thank You!
Wow! I felt your words. <3
Good story, well written. Thanks for writing it.