The first entry for the ZeroFlash May competition is none other than yours truly. The concept is “Abandoned Futures.” My story is called “Abandoned,” weighing in at 300 words. Enjoy!
by Leara Morris-Clark
For a moment, the still lake looks deceptively beautiful. I focus in on my reflection; it’s very rare I see myself. A two-headed fish breaks the surface suddenly distorting my observation. I sigh and wonder if I could eat that. My stomach grumbles. I see my frown and hollow eyes in the rippling water.
I hear the bird-like call of the hunting party leader signaling us to reassemble. I wish I had more to show for my day’s efforts.
We gather our kills into the wagon and return to camp. We are still low on food. There are so few things we can safely eat.
I wash myself in the collected rainwater reserve. The natural water sources are sick and may cause death, though I am not sure that what falls from the sky is any better. I boil some to drink and think of…
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