Once again Sue Vincent has given us one of her stunning pictures for her photo prompt.
For visually challenged writers, the image shows an empty landscape beneath a blue sky. Darkness gathers above the horizon and between land and cloud, the sky is aflame…
The crop in the field rustled, emulating a golden wave to a menacing shore.
Field mice, grasshoppers and ground nesting birds abandoned their homes as ants and worms weaved deeper below ground.
The horizon, once clear and a perfect blue, was now aflame under a purple cloud.
A careless cigarette or a discarded bottle together with the sun’s relentless heat over the last few weeks was thought to be to blame for setting the landscape on fire.
The authorities sent fire crews from every available source to try and contain the blaze, but with the wind, they soon lost control.
Sects and Cults got out their potions, lotions and spell books, chanting and dancing to entice rain to quell the furnace, all to no avail.
Properties were evacuated as a precautionary measure, emergency centres set up in nearby villages. The general public put together soup kitchens, clothing racks, blankets and toys for those who had lost everything, and pets were cared for.
In the face of disaster, Man had worked together, united rather than divided.
Sadly, it wouldn’t last and in the aftermath, the old faces of greed, prejudice and hostility soon raised their heads. That was something that would never change.