NIGHTSTALKERS

‘Completely self-sufficient,’ he boasted. ‘The wind turns the mill and powers the dynamo at the back to produce electricity.’

‘And the garden provides food?’

‘Absolutely.’

‘Won’t they come and steal from your garden at night?’

‘That’s what I use the walkway for,’ he pointed up at the platform that circled the windmill halfway up. ‘Stand guard and shoot them if they try and come stealing.’

His neighbour nodded, impressed. ‘So you’re not evacuating?’

‘Why would I? Got everything I need right here.’

‘They say their numbers are growing. What happens when you run out of ammunition?’

The windmill owner paused.

‘Or they figure out how to climb that wall. They’ve got some handy-looking claws.’

The windmill owner frowned.

‘And of course, they say some can stand the sunlight now too, so you’ll have to stay alert twenty-four seven.’

The windmill owner scratched his chin, looking up at the home he had spent the last six months preparing for the invasion. ‘When did you say those ships were sailing to the safe lands again?’


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Copyright Fandango

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 150 – 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

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30 responses to “NIGHTSTALKERS”

  1. Invasion of …? I’m intrigued.

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    1. I hadn’t got further than big claws and perhaps attack humans 🙂

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  2. Is no one safe anymore?

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    1. Not even the millers 🙂

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  3. Nobody likes self-sufficient people 🙂

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    1. No, and I don’t think anyone can really be wholly self-sufficient. Thanks Reena

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  4. LOL! I would be wanting to get on that ship too! Haha! Great story, Iain!

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    1. Me too, I’m not hanging around! Thanks PJ 🙂

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  5. Mutants created by the radioactive fallout from the nuclear wars. 😀

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  6. You describe well how hard it is to stand against invasions.

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  7. There’s only 1 spot left, and I’m it! Outta my way, buster! I’ll knock you down with a rake. You know, I kept picturing those “things” in the movie with Will Smith, when night fell, those humans affected with a virus came out and didn’t resemble humans any longer because they never got sunlight. Oh, I am Legend. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_19

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    1. Oh yeah, I know that film. Could well be something like that 🙂

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  8. Ha ha ha. I don’t think the poor guy had thought this one through.

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    1. No, back to the drawing board with this one!

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  9. wow thats was a good story

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  10. Hard to think of everything, isn’t it?

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    1. There’s always some small detail that gets in the way 🙂

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  11. Love this concept! The dialogue is great 🙂

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  12. When they are out to get you, they always seem to find a way. Enjoyed!!

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    1. Thank you Roger 🙂

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  13. Sounds like moving on might be the best thing.

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    1. I think so, time to go!

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