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In the Tunnels (flash fiction)

July 24, 2013

In the Tunnels - Alastair Forbes

Walking in the tunnels is very frightening, with the darkness swallowing your flashlight’s ray and the noises of rats scurrying around you. Worst is feeling like you’re the only people left on Earth. That is, until you hear talking ahead from another survivors’ settlement at a subway station. Thankfully, sound carries in the tunnels; you hear the talking well before you reach the station. You have to venture out in pairs at least, in case something happens. It’s necessary for your well-being, seeing faces different than those at your station, hearing other people’s stories, seeing the station with a garden painted on a wall, taking a turn on the stationary bike hooked up to the battery recharger. These are some of the coping rituals we’ve come with, to tide us over until the scientists tell us it’s safe to return to above. Some think that’ll never happen, but I like to hope.


Photo prompt given by Alastair Forbes. For other stories inspired by this photo, click here.
Photo copyright Alastair Forbes
Story copyright Dave Williams

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2013 5:58 am

    Putting the life in hold until the scientists come up with something. amazing write-up. will there be more to come?

  2. July 24, 2013 6:05 am

    Very engaging story Zooky. I liked the idea. Yes where to now?

  3. July 24, 2013 8:02 am

    Well done Zooky. Excellent story

  4. July 24, 2013 11:20 am

    Well…this could be a movie script…well crafted write.

  5. July 25, 2013 9:40 am

    Wah wah 🙂

  6. August 5, 2013 6:59 pm

    One wonders if the subways are deep enough? Very good tale.
    I’ve been away… and am trying to catch up on visits.
    Thank you for yours.

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