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Memory Island – flash fiction

May 4, 2016

for Writespiration #88 It’s a Dolls Life

Memory Island

“I see you’ve found another one.”

I nod at the old woman sitting on her porch smoking a pipe. I don’t linger to chat. I have to get on with my job. It’s an important one, but most people say it’s creepy. I don’t care though.

I trudge on through the mud. Reach the small island in the center of the swamp. A solitary tree stands to one side. I tie the limp figure on a low branch. Light a candle. Say a prayer.

The Government keeps promising us a vaccine, but it’s been ten years now since the plight. Keep trying, they say. Maybe the virus will work its way out of the gene pool. Forget about what’s lost. I refuse to forget.

I walk down the alley back toward my home. A window opens. An object falls to the ground. I bend down and pick it up. A discarded doll. Another child has died.

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

(156 words)

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15 Comments
  1. This was a great twist on the prompt. Very sad. Something you could continue with?

  2. What a sad ending, but a brilliant take on the prompt 🙂

  3. Great ending. Very creepy flash. 🙂

  4. Sad. A lot of story and emotion is very few lines. Great stuff 🙂

  5. Ohh so much emotion. So vivid. Beautiful. I would love to see this carried on. I love a dystopian setting. Thank you for playing.

  6. Oh how sad… Imagery was vibrant… Thanks for dropping by my blog…

  7. Super creepy 😦

  8. Well written flash fiction! The ending was creepy but in a good way. Wonder what happens next…?

  9. How creepy. Work its way out of the the gene pool?
    Cool flash!

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