Thursday photo prompt – Lights #writephoto

Oh thanks Sue! This one was made for me!
Thursday photo prompt – Lights #writephoto

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How he yearned for Home, and the comfort only his wife could bring.
The sweet aroma of home cooking and fresh bread.
He could almost smell it, taste it now.
He could see the lights ahead beyond the bridge.
Just as it had always been, just as he remembered.
How long had it been? Ten years, twenty?
His children would be grown now.

Alone he had travelled.
No choice, but to get in the boat and cast off all those years ago.
He had foraged along the river banks, kept out of sight by hunting at night.
He left no mark of his passing, covered his tracks and disposed of any rubbish.
Nothing was left to chance of his discovery.
He became a ghost, a fugitive, but it was not of his making.
Having come full circle, it was time, and he was ready to come Home.

He closed his eyes, enveloped in the now threadbare quilt so tenderly made by his beloved Ella so long ago.
The boat gently drifted,  his breathing slowing until it stopped, releasing his spirit to join his family.

Two young children playing in the ruins came across the boat in the undergrowth.
Fascinated by the discovery of whitened bones, they called their Elder.
The skeleton was clutching what appeared to be a journal.
The brittle bones cracked as it was extracted.
The Elder read.

Over two hundred years old, the journal told the story of the destruction of the Old World.
Families had been slaughtered for no reason, though many had tried to flee by whatever means possible only to be cut down in their tracks by their attackers.
There were mass suicides as the alternatives were far worse, and for those wreaking havoc, they became victims of their own greed, began fighting amongst themselves, even killing their friends for what they had without consequence.

So many treasures burnt and destroyed, women, children, abused and violated, elderly menfolk left bereft, beaten and confused.
Sadly, this individual had never returned after the purging, and just had his memories for company.
Old, sick and tired, he had given up, and resigned himself to his fate.

A photograph fluttered out as the Elder reached the last entry.
On the back were the words
‘Home: Before The World Ended’.


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. 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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19 Responses to Thursday photo prompt – Lights #writephoto

  1. That is truly an inspired piece of writing. Lovely. 💘

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    That is a surprising one… and a very poignant story. Thank you.

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Reblogged this on Sue Vincent – Daily Echo and commented:
    First in this week for the photo prompt…

  4. Morgan says:

    This is just Lovely 🙂

  5. I have just nominated you for The Real Neat Blog Award …

    Here is the link:

    Look forward to reading your answers! 🙂

  6. Bernadette says:

    Such sadness brought on by a dystopian world. Wonderfully written.

  7. Michael says:

    Fascinating response to the image. I was so very much engaged throughout, so well written..

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

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