Eldorado?

PHOTO PROMPT © Carole Erdman-Grant

There was a rumor that one town survived the collapse and continued on as if nothing happened.  After Mark was murdered for a 15-year-old can of green beans, I went in search of the modern-day Eldorado.

I kept my treasure close, a real-life paper map, printed a decade before the collapse.

There was a red “X” on one town.

I’d find it.

Three months, at the map’s “X”, I saw a glow on the horizon.  That was it!  I hadn’t seen such a glow since the collapse.

The next day I found the recently burned-out husk of my dream Eldorado.

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word count = 100

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38 thoughts on “Eldorado?

  1. granonine

    Seems nothing is safe from that glow. Terrifying, to think of one people-group destroying the whole world with the push of a button.

    My husband prefers paper maps over all the digital stuff. We have dozens of them :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is scary that a lot of “advances” make nuclear war more likely now than during the Cold War instead of less likely…
      I do love paper maps, but don’t use them often. I don’t use GPS either – I memorize my route and hope I don’t get lost ;) (I do have a lot of paper maps around still, but rely on looking things up on line these days)

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  2. GHLearner

    I love this for so many reasons. The dystopy, the little bits of information what to find in a post-nuclear eldorado, the treasure hunt for what then is considered treasure (who cares about money?)… Great writing!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Tessa. I hope you enjoyed “Seasons of Imagination” :)
      I think you sent me a Linkedin request – I don’t go in often, so I will take a look next time I am there (I saw an email).

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          1. Tessa

            I signed in quite a few years ago and I would have used my real name. And I haven’t been in since so can’t imagine why it would have sent you anything even if it picked up on my pen name. I’d be interested to see what it was. I definitely didn’t purposefully send you anything through there.

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I’ll check soon. most likely was someone who I know by another name and nothing to do with you, but will see – it has been several months since I signed in, but I get about 5 email notifications a day about people looking at my profile, or people doing x or y or whatever…

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            2. trentpmcd Post author

              OK, mystery partially solved -you did a friend request for Goodreads. I haven’t been in Goodreads in over a year. I just went in and responded. It was another person I blog with (and know exactly who it is) sending a request for LinkedIn. For some reason I mixed them up since I go into those two places about as often…

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  3. Bill

    An interesting and well told story. I agree with Iain, the dystopian backdrop is chilling. I found the comments regarding map reading intriguing, as well.

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  4. Shannon

    At first, I thought this might have been a post covid-apocalyptic landscape – then I read that the treasure was a paper map and not toilet paper. If they’re anything like me, it probably would have only taken them a month and a half to find it using a gps app 😂 (sad but true).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, I guess I should have had Mark killed for a roll of toilet paper instead of green beans (green beans was from Bob Dylan’s first few albums where he mentioned post-nuclear war people protecting their green beans with their shotguns – I think he says “green beans ” in three different songs!) When GPS stops working, I will be one of the few that can still read a paper map ;) I think 95% of the population will be lost. Literally, as they can’t navigate.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I think the idea back then was that all fall out shelters needed canned foods, like green beans… yeah, gps is easier when you are actually driving! I still look at a map (usually Google Map) before I leave and memorize my route. If I’m lost I might turn on GPS, but I think that happened once, and the GPS was wrong! lol (It wanted to take me about three times as far as the short cut I could see with my eyes would take me….)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It has been a few years since I’ve used one, but I still use maps – I look up the route I want to take on a map and memorize it. I never use GPS and think it might be the reason the civilization in this story collapsed ;)

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