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The chicken wire fence was gnarled; it bloomed outward in a metallic flower of sharp, rubicund-tipped edges.

Something thick and heavy had encompassed the atmosphere. Outlines and shapes seemed dull and colorless. The building before her was whitewashed, dotted with grime, walls peeling. The facility looked ill.

Above, the sky had taken on a sickly yellow pallor; the clouds were stormy and feverish.

Her footsteps echoed across the courtyard and bounced off the walls, returning and pelting her with the reminder that she was utterly alone in this arid, parched place.

This loneliness was what had nearly driven her mad.

As she approached the walls, she saw that what she had thought were splotches of dirt were not dirt at all.

Smeared hand-prints of scarlet ran along the canvas of the wall, creating a grisly painting and informing her of what had happened perhaps only hours before her arrival.

She turned wordlessly and gazed into the horizon of the barren, dry city.

It was only a matter of time.

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  1. Avatar dkscully

    Ah, the apocalypse is upon us.

    Though what it is and why it’s happened and where things are going from here, and who ‘she’ is… those are all clearly questions for prequels and sequels to tell.

    Nice job. I like the tone and imagery, and my curiosity is piqued.

  2. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    Very well described. Love stories like this!

  3. Avatar Saint Chuck

    Very chilling imagery. I also got an image of an apocalypse like state. Great job!

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    there is a vicious hunter out there, maybe a group, or pack.
    Awesome imagery! as usual..

  5. Avatar One Time, One Chance

    Everyone else has a concept of what’s going to happen, or what has happened – I’m totally blown away! Mystified! I shall continue on in the series!

  6. Avatar Joshua Leon

    What I got from this, is kind of apocalyptic, but more of a fourth world war, and “she” is on a rescue mission….possibly?