The mass rolled towards them from afar. She came from the snow-peaked mountains, tumbling over the hills, obscuring the clear blue sky.

‘How long?’

‘A day, at most.’

‘We should go.’

‘She will find us. There is no point in running.’

The darkness would one day cover the whole world. The light would be blocked out. The winter would take hold.

‘There is nothing we can do?’

‘We had our chance. If we had acted decades ago…’

As it grew nearer, the leaves fell from the trees, wilting and dying. Nature decayed, snow and ice covered the land. They accepted their fate. The reign of the humans would end with them.

‘It has been a good life.’

‘It has, but at such a cost.’


‘Only in our ending.’

They embraced, watching their fate approach. The evil power of the Snow Queen enveloped them. They crystallised, their blood stilled in their veins, their hearts froze.

The mass continued it’s journey. In the air was the sound of her gleeful laughter. No one was left to hear it.

Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt: Afar curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

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19 responses to “IT CAME FROM AFAR”

  1. Not exactly how I’d choose to meet my end… 😉

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    1. You don’t get to choose with the Snow Queen 😉


      1. Just say no to the Turkish Delight 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo and commented:
    First in this week…


  3. Excellent. At least they went together and their hearts are united forever. Evil can’t destroy that.

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    1. Perhaps that is the hope that one day a thaw will set them free! Thanks Di

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      1. You never know actually.

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  4. A very good story, Iain. Reminds me of The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe.

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    1. Thank you Robbie, I was aiming for something like that, glad it worked!

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  5. An intensely, adrenaline rush piece. Very well written!!!

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated.


  6. Excellent story! It’s not too late for humans to escape this fate 😉

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  7. Very topical excellent take I liked it very much 💜

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂


      1. A pleasure Iain 💜

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