They couldn’t be it. After following the track through the forest for three days, this couldn’t be the end.

The broken track hung in mid-air. The others looked at him. They were tired, hungry and desperate. And angry.

It was Barnaby that challenged him. ‘What now?’

He had no answer. They had trusted him, and he had led them nowhere.

‘What now?’ Barnaby sneered. ‘You don’t know what to do, do you?’

Did anyone know what to do anymore? The planet was imploding around them.

Maybe no track led anywhere anymore, but it was still worth following them. There had to be some hope to cling to.

Copyright Alicia Jamtaas

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Also linking to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge for today: Planet.


64 responses to “ROAD TO NOWHERE”

  1. Ohhh, another good one! I read this and was reminded of Jack McDevitt’s “Eternity Road”… I’ve read it many times. Everytime, it seems I see a different plot running through. Gotta love when a book is like that. Love your story and it’s reminder. Might just have to read it again. LOL!

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  2. Oh man, I know this story so well and not just because of global pandemic. Such gratitude for all the people who make hard choices in a responsible way so the rest of us don’t have to – and for all the times I’ve realized it’s my turn to be the choice maker and accept the blame if it goes wrong or have people congratulate themselves if it goes right. No matter how much time and energy you put into the decision you make. Because isn’t that always the way? Great story. So much thoughts.

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