Back in my corporeal form, my sense of self reasserts itself. I pick my way through the detritus of another ruined city, the remnants of a multinational conflict: the world’s leaders have destroyed each other and, in a mad orgy of annihilation, almost the whole of humanity has perished. My world has been burnt to a crisp and I take no pleasure in the part I have played.

Am I the only one left? I long for my home, my uncle and our secret pact with Gaia – but where is she?

Abandoned, alone
I trudge the blackened back-roads
seeking redemption.

Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

Written in response to two challenges:

– Di of Pensitivity101‘s Wednesday’s Three Things Challenge – TAKE, CRISP, TIN
– Denise Farley of GirlieOnTheEdge‘s Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt – HOME

I have also set myself the additional challenges of confining my piece to 100 words exactly and writing this, now ongoing story, in the haibun form. Just for fun!

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56 thoughts on “Annihilation

  1. Ah! One last bit of destruction remains!*

    As an aficionado of this kind of true seat-of-the-pants writing, I envy your current position and, still, commiserate… you know the story, the trail-leading-forward, is there, just a matter of opening yourself to it… the pause as one comes out on stage and the audience is crushingly silent with anticipation…

    ….good Six

    *well, yeah, kinda taking liberties, seeing how you’re the author and I am not… but still
    the destruction of the self that is framed by the same principles that gave rise to the world that needed to be cleansed… was kinda what this makes me think… but, then how do you tell a story without a common frame of reference.

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  2. which, in turn, forces the question: while it is a given that our realities are, (in significant part) inspired (if not indoctrinated) from the world around us, is it even possible to distinguish that which is truest to ourselfs and the ‘real’ world.

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  3. Carries the form of a haibun, captures that real feeling I’m having of the betrayal by leaders of serving the people who elect them and the polarising of religious and philosophical views to manipulate support/money/status. A resonance for me.

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