This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt was provided by Sonya O. Thank you Sonya! The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it.
A Place of Safety
They huddled together in the shadows, waiting for the brief time when they could board unobserved. The guards’ line of sight would be obscured for minutes only as the cargo swung into place. They’d have to be quick and careful. His daughters trembled at his side, their eyes wide and scared. He pulled them close, unwilling to ever let go.
“You know what to do?” he asked.
He knew they did. His girls might be young but they had their mother’s indomitable spirit. They’d run, climb and hide as ordered and soon be sailing to a life free of fear. They wouldn’t worry about riots and starvation; wouldn’t huddle in terror as armed men stalked through their home. They’d be able to laugh and play. It hurt to send them, but it was for the best.
“Look after each other. Remember I love you.” Tears filled his eyes as he watched them go.
Only he would stay. He’d fight to make their land a place of safety once more. Someday his family would come home.
Word Count: 174
Just out of curiosity, of what nationality did you picture the characters in this story and where and when did you imagine it set?