Apocalypse When?

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

We were lost and tired. 

The cockpit crew died when our transport was shot down over the empty jungle. They were the only ones who knew where we were and which way we needed to go.

But we had to move.

Have you ever walked for days in a sticky oven with no food?  How about knowing a sniper could be in any tree, a boobytrap on any path?

We approached the ratty house, arms drawn. 

No luck.

It had been empty for decades.  Not a scrap to eat.

But we found a sign – Ashtabula.  

Port Cleveland wasn’t too far!


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Alicia Jamtaas . Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “Linky“.


Ashtabula is a town in Ohio, a bit east of Cleveland. I wanted to say “Akron”, but the punchline would have been softened. I like the sound of “Ashtabula” better – it was used in A Bob Dylan song, “You’ll Make Me Lonely When You Go”. With the title and jungle warfare, I wanted people to think Vietnam, not Ohio ;)


I was super busy last week and didn’t read many FF posts. Hopefully I’ll get to more this week.

40 thoughts on “Apocalypse When?

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Ohio in a future after global warming when it is a jungle and desolate ;) Yep, that is just what I wanted you to think… (I’m flying into that barren wasteland “Ohio” in a couple of weeks to visit family)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I grew up in Ohio and will be there over the 4th, so I guess Ohio was on my mind. I’m from a bit west of Cleveland, though, not east. Thanks.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is possible. I was thinking a situation where the jungles are held by the rebels or revolutionaries while the cities were held by “mainstream” or conventional forces, a situation like Vietnam.



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