Miranda Kate’s Mid Week Challenge : 2022/03/14 (Week 238)

“That’s what it looked like a couple of months ago.” I handed the photograph to Serenity. “Before I had it cleaned up and repaired.”

She looked at the picture of the concrete with a hole in the middle, and weeds growing out, “It was a mess wasn’t it?”

“It was Granddaddy’s. He had it built in the early 1950s, because he knew the damn Russians were going to nuke everyone, and he wasn’t going to die without a fight.”

She nodded, “Can I go inside, and explore?”

“By all means.” We walked to the back yard, close to the back fence, where I unlocked the cover, and pulled it open, like a door into the ground. That triggered the ladder system, and fed the ladder up to where we could reach it.

“Mamma told me stories about Granddaddy living in his bunker. Sometimes, he wouldn’t come into the house for days. He came out for a bath, to use the toilet, to go to work, and to eat with the family, and take care of the yard and house. And that was it.”

Serenity nodded, “A bit paranoid, wasn’t he?”

“I can’t blame him, really.” We reached the bottom, and the ladder retracted, and the door shut, causing the lights and air circulation system to turn on. “He was worried about Russia dropping nuclear bombs on everyone. And about the US accidentally launching one that would cause the end of the world.”

I gave her the tour. Showed her the main living area, the working toilet with the septic tank system, and water from a deep well. The underground food storage, full of cans of fruit, vegetables, and meats. The powdered milk supply. The solar powered, portable induction cook-top. The gun locker.

“I see you’re prepared to be down here a long time.”

I laughed. “I’m a lot like Granddaddy. I’m ready. If things get out of hand, I’ll hide down here, and see how long I can survive.”

“No TV. No video games. No computer. You wouldn’t make it a week.” She poked my shoulder.

“What I really hope is I don’t have to find out.”

She took another brief walk around the place. Nodded, “Yeah. I wouldn’t be surprised.”


“If this was where you make your porno movies.”

“What?” I was ready to get angry about that, when she poked my shoulder again, and winked.

“You bet on nuclear disasters, OK, Malik? I’m betting on a safe place to hide when the civil war starts, and everyone starts shooting everyone else.”

We both giggled about that, then headed up the ladder, and back to the house.

To be honest, I didn’t know which of us would be right. But, either way, I had someplace safe we could go, if we needed it.

Who cares how many words.

Written for Week 238 of Miranda Kate‘s Mid-Week Challenge. Mirror, mirror on the wall. What can I do with you as a prompt? You can learn about Miranda’s challenge here. The stories people share for the weekly challenge are always little works of art, crafted with words, meant to be shared, and enjoyed.


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