Thursday photo prompt – Beacon #writephoto

Thank you Sue for another interesting photo to whet the appetite!
Thursday photo prompt – Beacon #writephoto

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‘It’s a fan I tell you.’
‘No, it’s not. It’s a crown.’
‘Fan.’
‘Crown.’
‘Faaannnn.’
‘No, Crroowwn’.
‘Fan!’
‘Crown!!’

Charles listened to his two offspring arguing over the silhouette on the hill.
It was all exciting to them as they’d never been here before, never seen such stormy skies.
But Charles knew exactly what it was and what it depicted.
Sitting back in his seat, he closed his eyes as the bickering continued, and cast his mind back to the days before they were born.

Together with a thousand other families, he and his parents had fled this place.
One thousand out of millions.  His children knew nothing of the holocaust or their fight for survival.
The New World had indeed been glorious when the ships had first arrived, but now, fifty some years later, a handful of people were returning.
Over time, ignorance and a lack of basic manual skills as no-one had thought outside the Technology Box, resources had been expended, food and water scarce.
Down to just one transport ship, those that remained had to admit they were dying, and their only chance was to come home.

Home.
Planet Earth.
He sighed, wondering what they would find, and if perhaps they would have fared better had the beacon been lit as a warning when the invaders came.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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14 Responses to Thursday photo prompt – Beacon #writephoto

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Oh that one had me guessing till the end 🙂

  2. brilliant piece. scary, sad but brilliant.

    sharmishtha
    andidreamed.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/thursday-photo-prompt-at-sue-vincents-blog-beacon-writephoto/

  3. Pingback: Beacon from pensitivity101 #writephoto | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo

  4. You kept us hooked until the end. Great job.

  5. I didn’t see that ending coming either!

  6. macjam47 says:

    You did it again. A total surprise at the end.

  7. Pingback: Photo prompt round-up – Beacon #writephoto | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo

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