There is something about this picture that intrigued me yesterday and two stories formed, slowly, throughout the day. The first story I called OUTSIDE IN, where my narrator was drawn into this building; my second story, INSIDE OUT, followed my narrator arriving inside this building and stepping outside…
Both stories were written on my phone, and although the word count was correct (manually counted and re-counted as my stories grew arms and legs then more arms) when I read them this morning my stories didn’t seem correct. I am my own worst critic, particularly as yesterday was Sunday 17th June, Father’s Day here in the United Kingdom, and I wanted to use that as a theme, or at least a springboard, for a story which I felt I’d failed to do yesterday in them both. Letting go of this, letting go of myself, I regarded the picture anew and something in it spoke to me. Before I got out of bed, the following story flew from my fingertips into my phone.
Now checked and polished, I hope you enjoy CHAOS’ CALL, along with this one hundred and ninety-two word introduction.
Kelvin M. Knight
Crumbling, everything is crumbling, and burning, flames burning everyone, muscles, bones, but not skin. Skin sacks crawling through blood-splattered streets, where cars lie abandoned – empty husks without souls.
These words fall on you like rubble. The trick is to not be buried by them. Many of your family have been buried by rubble, or killed by stones – stones hurled by mobs until death is pleaded for, begged for, sobbed for. You will not beg or plead. You will certainly not sob. If you are cursed, tears mean nothing.
Tears, cursed tears are flowing, flooding – these burning hearts, those incinerated minds, that lost soul. Just one, awash in a river. Just one, becoming an ocean.
Drowning, you press your head into the ground and become one with this earth, this twisted and tortured earth. The wailing inside you is a lament. If only this chaos outside you were heaven sent.
This week What Pegman Saw took us to Taşlıçay, Ağrı, Turkey © Google Maps.
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