Old Bones – FFfAW (07 February)

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Photo by Mike Vore

The flag slapped against the wind. Liam was shocked to see it in one piece, in the same place he had tucked it many decades ago.

This corner of Nebraska was a rare spot in Old America left untouched by the war–during which North America had taken the brunt of the world’s anger and frustration.

Liam wasn’t sure how he had ended up in New London after the aliens had arrived. They claimed to have made things better in the New Cities. Liam didn’t know what could be better than having an explosive machine rumbling under your feet. It was something his grandchildren would never know.

On a lark, he turned the key. There was a whine of old bones,  a sound Liam could appreciate. Then the beast came alive. He passed the next few hours alone in the cab of the truck, until the engine died for good.

*Written as a response to the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) 07 February photo prompt.

This story is set in the world of Storm Hamilton and the Seraphim. More stories can be found here:

Signs of a Past Life

Some Things You Can’t Let Go

That Which is Not Displayed

Green Food

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17 thoughts on “Old Bones – FFfAW (07 February)

  1. Aliens! I briefly thought about yet another time travel tale, but eventually settled on time travel by memory. I’m surprised the engine started. Normally a truck battery won’t hold a charge over several decades.

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    1. Yeah I thought about that. The engine too rusted, the battery corroded or dead. I wanted the place to be like a point of stasis that survived despite everything else that happened around it. Maybe not entirely realistic. I’m think of expanding it into a full flash story and will keep this point in mind.

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    1. That’s really the fundamental argument of the series, how much are you willing to give up for a “better” life and who gets to make that judgement. I have a few longer stories that I am currently trying to publish, not as much on the blog though 😦

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