Sincerely, Damien

Posted: February 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

Mother,

Foliage has returned. Five years passed before the greasy-black smoke of burning tires dissipated. We lived underground. The land is littered with grenades, bullets, bones. We collect them. Angela builds walls from grenades. Beautiful structures. Felicia fashions windchimes from bullets and vines.

Do not worry, these reminders of war are not dangerous. Frederick makes it so.

I am building homes. We live separately. For safety. Only four people remain but constructing homes from the bones of loved ones takes time.

Do not return. You would not find comfort under my roof, for it is made from Father’s ribs.

Comments
  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Wow, that’s dark, but excellent.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Beautiful and daunting

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  3. Dora says:

    Ghastly. The stuff nightmares are made of. Well told, Alicia.

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  4. ceayr says:

    Very dark and quite wonderful, Alicia.
    And a cool photo.

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  5. […] and I needs must thank Rochelle for being such a wonderful hostess and this week, thanks to go Alicia Jamtaas for her wonderful photo.  If you want to play along, or simply read other submissions, just click […]

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  6. Somewhere to avoid! Delightfully dark.

    Thanks for the photo, it’s sending us in lots of different directions with our stories!

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  7. Dear :Lish,

    Grim and disturbing tale. Thank you for the photo. So glad it drew you out of hiding. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. Dale says:

    Oh wow! Glad you have returned with such a fabulous tale!

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  9. Bear says:

    Ouuuu, that is a gooood one, Lish! Sends shivers down the spine to envision these structures. good to see you this week. It’s snowy here, close to 12 inches since monday with a layer of ice between. Staying as safe as possible.

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  10. granonine says:

    Made me think of the vast collections of skulls and other bones in caves in Europe. Mankind keeps trying to eradicate mankind.

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Wow – dark! And yet there’s life, and hope. After the men with guns, the survivors come back making use of anything they possibly can to rebuild.

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  12. plaridel says:

    what an imaginative rendering of your own photo prompt. well done.

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    • Thank you! I actually pulled the story from another flash fiction site – Pegman. When Rochelle chose the photo I drew a blank, spent about an hour flip-flopping between new story ideas then remembered a previous story. Boom! Cute out 50 words (Pegman allowed 150 words) and was done.

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  13. draliman says:

    Blimey, that’s a pretty dark existence they’re living.

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  14. Sandra says:

    Excellent, loved this. Darkly elegant and in a way plaintively resigned.

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  15. mjlstories says:

    So glad you were tempted back here! A whole world conjured up and a killer last line.

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  16. James McEwan says:

    When the destruction is over you have no choice but to pick over the bones. It is nice you keep the family close.
    Horrific tale in many ways, but loved the dystopian world.

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  17. Geri Lawhon says:

    Definitely a dark short story. It was interesting reading though.

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  18. Michael Humphris says:

    Fascinating… and I would have enjoyed reading more.

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  19. msjadeli says:

    Gruesome! Let’s hope things don’t ever get that bad. I’m glad Mother is in a safe place.

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  20. Tannille says:

    One use for bones. Brothers Grim eat your heart out.

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  21. dream_alley says:

    It may be dark but it is also beautiful.

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  22. What an inventive and creepy story. Love the contrast between the suburban letter style and the gothic activities of the survivors, especially the house created from father’s bones.

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  23. Nobbinmaug says:

    You’ve layered this very well. Death & destruction, despair, and hope are all present in only 100 words. Masterfully done.

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  24. Ominous, sinister, and gloomy story of a scary situation that could just happen.
    Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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