Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Lights On the Hill.


Image: Jodi McKinny

There were lights on the hill again. We’d seen them the night before. They belonged to a car, but by the time we reached the spot they were gone.

It was comforting to think there were others out here. We’d been alone for three months now, just the six of us travelling together and at present camped in a lovely spot beside the river.

When the upheaval occurred, it took everyone by surprise. The sudden rise in sea levels flooded every coastal city, and now all that remained were skeletons where only the tallest building existed above the water line.

The surprise was that it actually happened. There had been speculation for years, and no one wanted to believe so when it happened, and many millions perished it meant the end of civilization, as we knew it.

The lights never blinked, never suggested anything like come join us, it was more a matter of stay where you are, and we’ll all be content.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/fffaw-challenge-195th/

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11 Responses to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Lights On the Hill.

  1. Sadje says:

    Interesting and scary!

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    It’s undeniable that the sea’s are rising, how long before government’s start to act, or will they be too late like your story suggests?

  3. Violet Lentz says:

    I’m just gonna hope that the warmer temperatures will evaporate the excess waters before they oust us from our homes. Wishful thinking or blind eye? Don’t know but I did enjoy reading about it here. Thank you Michael.

  4. Yeah, I would be put off by other humans too, if I knew they were equally responsible for the ecological disaster.

  5. crimsonprose says:

    The story reminds me of several I read in the early 70s when the End of Civilisation as we know it was a common theme for sci-fi/fantasy writers. This is the first one of its ilk I’ve read in a such a long time. And enjoyed.

  6. ttay213 says:

    Will they ever find out who is there? I’m intrigued!

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