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ORDERS ARE ORDERS

In one way or another, I have worked in the nuclear industry for a substantial part of my adult life. The following flash fiction story is my way of melding that, with my open-mindedness towards fantasy. As Diane Wallace-Peach says over on her blog:

‘Life is make believe, fantasy given form.’

Here’s hoping my experience, imagination and humanity give this story form.

Enjoy.


ORDERS ARE ORDERS

by

Kelvin M. Knight

They gave him a Geiger-Müller counter even though he knew it was pointless. These incessant clicks, this dancing needle, slowed his movements – nothing to do with this damn suit he wore making him feel like a boil in the bag fish!

Regarding these peeling buildings, he panted and laid the counter down in a bed of ash. If only these machines were time machines. Watching his visor blur, he took a deep breath and knelt to steady himself, then he wound the dials anticlockwise as if he were turning back time.

The glow dimmed. Buildings returned to normal. Ash reformed into people. He saw them screaming, but didn’t hear them, didn’t feel them, just this coldness. This bloody coldness when he was being boiled alive!

Puffing, he twirled the dials clockwise, fast forwarded himself and these poor souls out of this radioactive hell, then prayed another catastrophe didn’t happen.

(150 words)

Author:

First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

12 thoughts on “ORDERS ARE ORDERS

      1. Same for Mick. He started the design business whilst he was there as a means of escape. He retired a couple of weeks ago, but he’still out working this morning. 🙂 🙂

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  1. Hi Kelvin I’m behind again, How are you going, I’m sorry if I’ve missed a few of your post’s. This stories quite heart-wrenched, and I liked how traveled back in time, and then returned to the dreadful realities of the terrible devastation by the turning of the “Dial” , well done… hmmm… I hope I’m reading the same story…….

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