Archive for November 21st, 2011

21st November
2011
written by amber

Returning Home

I really shouldn’t have done that. My leg was cramping and I moved. Only an inch or so but I brushed against some debris that fell against some other debris with a thud. I freeze and peer through the hedge I’m crouched behind and see that he’s looking at me now. Luckily for me, at that moment and not too far away, a cat that’s been crouching in the wreckage makes a break for it and the Undead’s attention turns its way.

I curl inward, not moving, not breathing. A piece of sharp metal is pressing into my back and a sensation of warm oozing blood, possibly imaginary, worms down my butt crack.

What to do now?

What I want to do is go home but earlier today I learned what a mistake that is. The Undead return first to their homes. It was bad enough when my deceased sister came scratching at the door, but the house’s previous owner – gone these thirty years – was unimaginably horrible.

I think that when I can finally wriggle my way out of this pile of crashed cars and broken store fronts undetected, I’ll go someplace that no one has ever considered to be their home – the graveyard.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story for every day of the year and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section of any story.

Thank you to Roy at the Pure Spec convention for providing this first line.