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Scorched – #Drabble

February 19, 2016

for Friday Fictioneers


PHOTO PROMPT – © Sandra Crook



They stood in the marketplace. Frozen. The hour glass continue to dispense its sand. Time was ticking away. Only the voice of their mayor snapped them out of their trance.

“We knew this day would come. We have less than an hour. Go home and make yourselves ready.”

The crowd made its way from the marketplace to their individual homes. Mothers clutched their children. Husbands cleaved unto their wives. Wills had already been written. Cupboards bared. Livestock slaughtered. All that was left was the torching of the land.

When the barbarians arrived, they would find only a scorched earth here.

©February 2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

(100 words)

  1. Dear Lori,

    This puts me in mind of the true story of the Jews at Masada. Rather than being taken by the Romans they committed mass suicide. Sad story well written.



    • Oh yes, Rochelle.. I do remember that story now… thank you, I am honored that my story brought up such an important point in history for you. Blessings to you, dear Rochelle.

  2. Lovely. And so the barbarians are still on the move; even now.

  3. “I like your take on the prompt. The end times can be whatever you fear most,” she said.

  4. What a horrible fate, but I guess their actions were efficient. I like the drama too.

  5. That’s one (quite drastic) way to deny the invaders their spoils. I can feel their resignation to what is about to come.

    • Thank you 🙂 yes, it reminds me of the Russians and how they always took such drastic measures to keep invaders out.

  6. You created a unique picture in this one. I loved the ending…

  7. Lovely story. Beautifully told.

  8. That’s a twist in the tale – I just read another one with same prompt. It was a romance 🙂

  9. Wouldn’t be the first time it was done. Maybe not the last, either.

  10. At first, I thought it was the apocalypse but no one can predict this accurately when the day will come, right?. It turned out it’s the barbarians. 😀 I feel like I just went through a time warp reading the story. Nicely told.

  11. Really dramatically told.

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