Down Under

A Flash Fiction Challenge from Carrot Ranch Literary Community

June 21, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “not all is lost.” It can include recovery from disaster, an unexpected insight after a fall, or however the phrase moves you. Go where the prompt leads.

The earth quaked for several minutes of hard shaking.  Immediately, the floor fell from under my feet, and then something hard hit my head followed by instant unconsciousness.  When I awoke, I was pinned under a file cabinet under concrete. I was hurt and gasping for air.  I prayed and expected to die, but how long would death take? Then, I heard an animal sniffing nearby.  The rescue dog barked, and I cried out, “Help me.  Please help me.”  I heard voices outside.  They began to move away debris.  Someone said, “Hold on.  We’re going to get you out.”


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