Today I’m posting my entry for Cherie Reich’s Flash Fiction Blogfest.
It’s really short, since it’s intended to capture a brief moment.
But yeah… this isn’t exactly light reading. Unfortunately, my muse could not be convinced to give me something else…
Please feel free to crit if you want, although this piece won’t be for a larger piece.
Word count: 147
Lightning flashed, but the thunder that roars after it is the loudest I ever experienced. I see the earth lift up into the sky as death rises up. Everything around me shudders and groans its last breath. Wind blows to the explosion as death inhales, raising to its full height. People around me scream and run, but I watch transfixed.
Where would I go?
There is no running from the death expanding its head like a cobra preparing to strike. It would be too fast.
For a moment I think about things I could have done different. Things I should have said to people I love. Loved.
I should have told them more… God. This is really happening. It’s rolling towards me now. Little particles of dust and stone and bone hit me as death reaches out in all directions.
I close my eyes and wait.