#writephoto — Off Grid

D91B4BFB-A22F-4358-931D-5FE9B1D51647“It’s stunning,” Donna said as she looked out of the cabin window. Paul walked over to her and handed her a mug of hot, steaming coffee, which she readily accepted.

“I knew you’d love it out here,” Paul said as he put his arms gently around Donna’s waist so as not to spill her coffee.

“I do, Paul. I was hesitant at first, but I’m so glad you talked me into it.”

“We’re completely off grid, Donna,” Paul said. “No electricity, no TV, no radio, no internet, no cellphone service. Just the two of us and our books, a fully stocked pantry, plenty of wood to keep the fire going and the coffee hot on the potbelly stove.”

“Yes,” said Donna. “And we’ve got each other. There’s nothing more that either of us needs.”

The two of them stood by the window looking out across the value toward the mountains. “What’s that?” Paul asked, putting down his coffee.

“What’s what?” Donna asked, some concern in her voice.

“That!” Paul said, pointing down toward a green light in the grassy area just a few yards outside the cabin. He walked over to the cabin door, opened it, and stepped outside to get a closer look.

From her window view, Donna saw Paul approach the area where they saw the green light. She saw him look up and point toward the sky, and then look back at her with an expression of dread on his face.

When a beam of green light shown down on Paul and instantly vaporized him, Donna knew that it was all over. Nothing could save her. Nothing could save humanity. Even out here, in the middle of nowhere, no one would be spared. The aliens had won.


Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

19 thoughts on “#writephoto — Off Grid

  1. James December 21, 2017 / 9:56 am

    The question then is whether or not the aliens struck there first and, being off the grid, they can’t warn anyone or if they wiped out the rest of humanity first and, being off the grid, they never got the warning? It could go either way though your story suggests the latter.

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    • Fandango December 21, 2017 / 10:40 am

      I think it was the latter, although maybe they went off grid to try to escape from/elude the aliens. If so, it didn’t work.

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  2. Sight11 December 21, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Wonder why are you killing characters more often than necessary.

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    • Fandango December 21, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Better to kill off characters in my posts than in real life.

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      • Sight11 December 21, 2017 / 9:30 pm

        Yikes! I knew Christmas with Trump was not a good idea for you.

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  3. anuragbakhshi December 21, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    The aliens had no business attacking them in the middle of nowhere, they went completely off-syllabus. The whole world knows that aliens HAVE to attack the White House first, followed by the Pentagon, the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, Big Ben, Taj Mahal etc.

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