My Soul's Tears

When you wake up and see the world as it is, there is no going back to what was.

My Soul's Tears

#SwiftFicFriday Week 118 : A Place With No Name

On the day Sunshine left the lake, she headed toward the southern edge of the forest, and the foothills of the Black Mountains. On the second day of her flight, she’d found the remains of a village among the trees. She landed, and explored it.

The houses had been burned to the ground. Something awful had happened there. On the north side of the village she found a cemetery. A row of large rocks, arranged, and spaced, like people were buried there. There were no names. On the south side of the village was a mound, with two stakes, the size of small trees, protruding from the ground in the shape of an X. Attached to the middle were a belt, with a sword attached, and a plaque that read, “Burn.”

“What happened here?”

The machines answered, “We will show you.”

They used their technology to project a hologram into the air before her. She saw a happy village, with families, and children. Fathers that hunted, and farmed under the trees. They lived simple lives, within what the land could support. It was a place with no name.

Until an army showed up. An army that killed them all. That butchered them, brutally, indescribably, and burned everything. Sunshine sank to her knees as she watched.

She saw the army leave, heading toward the next village.

She saw Mystica arrive, and watched the White Magic bury the dead, and give them the respect they deserved. Then, she watched Mystica move to the next village, with the speed of White Magic. There, she waited for that army.

She watched Mystica use the White Magic to wreck that army. Mystica had said one word. “Burn”.

Sunshine cried. She’d never known about that place with no name. Mystica never spoke of it.

298 Words

It’s Week 118 of #SwiftFicFriday, hosted by Katheryn Avila. I’m still wondering what the heck is going on with this story. There seems to be only one way for me to find out. Anyway. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #SwiftFicFriday. They are always fun to read. And there are some great writers who show up regularly.


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