#WDYS — No Escape

He was exhausted. He was hot, tired, and oh so thirsty. He looked around, praying to find some cover from the hot desert sun.

He didn’t know if he’d be able to survive this ordeal. He thought back to how he got here and the state of flux in the society of the country he lived in and once loved.

He had been active in the protests against the government and its leader, who had become more and more autocratic since he assumed office. He thought that participating in peaceful demonstrations, something guaranteed, along with freedom of speech, by the First Amendment of the Constitution, would serve to protect him from persecution.

Some of his close friends warned him about being so persnickety and inflexible when it came to the state of our nation. But he was resolute in his efforts to right the wrongs. How could he have known that his actions would lead to his being arrested and thrown into prison with no due process.

It was almost a fluke that he was able to escape his cage-like jail cell, but there was nowhere for him to escape to. Just brown sand as far as his eyes could see.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Dan Grinwis – Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (exhausted), The Daily Spur (cover), Your Daily Word Prompt (flux), Word of the Day Challenge (persnickety), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cage).

9 thoughts on “#WDYS — No Escape

  1. Sadje September 11, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    He is more to be admired than pitied. A hero to speak up against injustice.
    Thanks a lot for joining in the challenge Fandango

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  2. CARAMEL September 12, 2020 / 1:34 am

    I have just been watching the BBC news report on the California wildfires. It looks as if it is getting even scarier.

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    • Fandango September 12, 2020 / 7:53 am

      It is. Worst in recorded history and Oregon and Washington are also going down in flames.


  3. Melanie B Cee September 12, 2020 / 8:15 am

    Great combination of the prompts Fandango! Now I need an icy glass of water though. I feel a bit parched.

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    • Fandango September 12, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Thanks, Melanie. Drink up!


  4. leigha66 September 18, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    I liked this as an individual story, but it is scary as hell when you think about how easily we could get to this point. Well done!

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