Ruins

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

A quick pause to glance in the Travel Agent’s window.

“Ruins, always ruins,” his wife’s voice echoed in his head. “What’s wrong with a beach or a living city where I can shop? No, we visit ruins.”

She always said it with a smile and a laugh so he never took it as seriously as he now knew he should have.

A shriek caused him to sprint and take cover.

The Travel Agent’s window was blown out and the building set on fire.

“I didn’t take her to the ruins,” he thinks, “this time the ruins came to visit us.”

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word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

Note – I love visiting ruins when I travel, but I hate the creation of new ruins! Shelling and bombing living cities is a grave crime against humanity…

33 thoughts on “Ruins

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I was definitely thinking of today’s world and current events. We (humans) don’t seem to be the best stewards of the planet, not even of the things of beauty we create ourselves…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. There is something about walking where the ancients walked and trying to imagine their world, which is quite different form walking on broken glass and pulverized concrete and trying to imagine tomorrow!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      She did have a point, but.. It is odd, and I may have to do a an edit, but about half of the people seem to take the story this way (he or she destroys the place that sent them to all of the ruins) and the other half got what I meant – his city is being shelled, turned to rubble (ruins). He pauses for a second, thinks about old times, and then runs as another shell destroys the building he was looking at.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          One of those odd things that if I had 5 more words nobody would miss my intention, but without those 5 words almost half the people who left comments did… Oh well, one of the reasons we do these 100 word stories!

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