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The hunted (Friday Fictioneers)

May 16, 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The schools were empty.

The leisure centres, the pools, the playgrounds.

When the exodus occurred it was a frantic, fear fuelled race to be first, to get out, to be safe.

Those that were left, well, they were righteous in their certainty. They would be safe. No one would hurt them. They were good.

Death didn’t discriminate. He took the righteous. He took the believers. He took anyone left behind. And with tug to his steed’s reins that brought forth a mighty cry, he turned his fire breathing beast, leading the hunt for the escaped.

For death does not discriminate.

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  1. You used the emptiness as the prompt! That was clever

    • Thank you Neil! Yes it looked a little empty to me so thought oh why… love a good why question

  2. Death does not discriminate, that is for sure.
    Well done!

  3. I’m glad death doesn’t discriminate. If only others followed his example.

  4. Death is the only thing we can be certain of, every single one of us.

    Rosey, a joke and some wine!

  5. Chilling with great tension! Well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  6. If that’s not a wake-up call for the self-righteous, I don’t know what is.

  7. Yep, got this. We have a fire breathing dragon in our leisure centre – rules with an iron rod – be careful.
    Fun fantasy read.

  8. No one escapes. Using the empty pool was a brilliant idea.

  9. Abhijit Ray permalink

    A terrifying picture. Death indeed takes everyone without discrimination. Those that left, how far will they go and for how long?

  10. Clever use of the photo. I like how you moved from leisure centres and pools to a fire breathing beast. What a finish.

  11. What is the saying … nothing is certain but death and taxes? You build the tension in your stories very well. I was stressed!

  12. Sounds like the fourth horseman… really vivid.

  13. Frightening, Laurie. It sounds like a plague. No, death is one thing you can’t run away from. Well written. —- Suzanne

  14. Dear Laurie,

    Frightening, eerie and well done. Nope, death does not discriminate.



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