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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

End of the World ~ December Blog Chain

Time for another blog chain from Absolute Write.  This month's theme is the end of the world.  After reading my attempt at destruction, check out my fellow AWers' posts linked below.  Enjoy!

They were right.  Mara hated to admit it, but they were right.  The end of the world was here.  It had nothing to do with the Mayans, but that didn’t matter.  The only thing that mattered was staying alive.

She laughed, the sound hollow to her cold ears.  Staying alive.  Yeah right.  She knelt down and braced herself against the brick wall, which was the only shelter from the sleeting rain.  Then she checked her weapon, the cold steel heavy in her hand.  She hated it.  The killing.  She was trained to be a teacher not a murderer.  But she’d already lost track of how many people she’d shot.  It was a necessity; she didn’t take any comfort from that, though.

The world was decimated from war.  The United States were no longer united; half the country had been blown apart.  The eastern coast was gone, the west shaken apart by earthquakes.  And the south had been invaded weeks ago but not by the Mexicans.  Mara wasn’t sure who was leading that charge.  She had taken refuge in the north, sure that was her best option.  But as she peeked her head around the corner, she was reminded of how wrong she’d been.  The Canadians had crossed the border to ravage what was left of the country.  There was nobody to stop them.  The commander-in-chief was killed when D.C. was bombed along with most members of his cabinet.  Those who were left had fled to who knew where.

Mara shook the icy drops of rain from her head.  She needed to get to the supply truck across the street.  She was out of food and had only a small amount of water in her canteen.  She peeked her head around the corner once more.  The two Canadian soldiers had their backs to her.  She darted across the pavement, then slid to a halt next to the passenger side of the vehicle.  Hearing no footsteps, she opened the door to rummage through the contents.  After shoving a few protein bars in her coat pocket, she filled her canteen.


 The voice startled her.  She dropped to the ground as shots rang out.  Her own gun fired in response.  Then she ran her sleeve across her face to block out the sight in front of her.  The accuracy with which she shot would make a marksman proud.  But there was no time to mourn; more soldiers would be coming.  Mara thought she could already hear footsteps.

She hurried across the street, then slid behind a dumpster while cursing the sleet covered ground.  She glanced at the sky.  Mother Nature was retaliating, trying to cleanse itself of the corruption that had overtaken the planet.  Mara wondered why the earth didn’t just open up to consume all that was left. 

Hearing voices now, she crawled to the corner before looking down the alley.  Three men stared back at her.  Heart pounding, Mara jumped up and then ran as fast as her feet would go, the men running after her.  She stumbled, then fell, before the shot echoed in her ears.  The burning in her chest spread throughout her body.  Her mind screamed for her to get up, but her body wouldn’t respond to the command.  So this was it.  The three men made their way to her; two stood a few feet away while the third stepped right next to her.  Mara’s eyes were growing heavy, but she fought to look at the man who held his gun pointed at her head.  “Why?” she asked before coughing.  Why had it come to this, to people killing each other for no reason? Mara didn’t want this; she didn’t want to die.  But she didn’t want to fight anymore either.  She wasn’t even sure of what she was fighting against.  The man knelt and pressed his gun to her forehead.  She closed her eyes and hoped the earth would somehow recover when the world war was over and spring forth life again.

Please check out the following posts below for some more good reading:

dolores haze
writingismypassion (you are here)
Ralph Pines
CJ Michaels
more to come...


  1. You know you're on the skids when the Canadians invade :) But they've been planning it for a long time: after all, 90% of them live within an hour of the border!

  2. Oh, now this is intense up to the very last line! Poor Mara, what a terrible way to go :( Awesome post, Charity. Love this!

  3. Yes, those dang Canadians! ;)
    Thanks, randi!

  4. Wow, intense.
    Poor Mara. She put up a great fight though.

  5. I felt so sad for Mara. I think if our politicians can't soon agree on anything, however, this isn't all that far-fetched.

  6. What an engaging read from start to finish. Something like this could easily be played out on the big silver-screen. Well written, Charity, Cheers!

  7. Thanks for the comments, guys. Yes, poor Mara. She got the raw end of the deal. :(

  8. Oh. Um. Now I have to rethink my plans to scarper to Canada come the apocalypse.

    Very intense. Great job!

  9. I couldn't imagine facing a gun like that. How terrifying. Great writing--you really brought to life the destruction and hopelessness. Great work!

  10. Yes, that would be very scary. Thank you.

  11. Would hate to be alone like that when my time comes. This reminds me of the execution style murders by the Nazis. *shudder*

  12. Nice one! Canadians, who would have thought it possible? Extremely well written and I love your use of cold weather to add to the desperate feel of it all.

  13. Excellent. That the Canadians invaded, and who knows what from the south, were excellent touches. Nice story with a load of backstory that wasn't clunky. Win!

  14. I must agree with the majority, we are up the creek without a paddle if the Canadians turn on us.

  15. Well, that was sad! Poor Mara. Let us all hope the Canadians have better things to do. :D

  16. What hosers, eh? Sounds like the center of the country would have been safer - I bet no one would bother going all the way to Nebraska.


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