The Ladies of Horror
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Jan and Lisa walked cautiously towards the archaic and rusty bridge guns drawn. Cars had not been across it in decade. It had stood for nearly a century before the destruction of mankind began. It started with a war of words between the United States and China. Countries across the globe soon took sides. The beginning of the end followed. Nuclear weapons on both sides were deployed, the unmitigated destruction of mankind was inevitable. Now the two sisters stood looking at the monolith before them, illuminated only by the moonlight. Night time was the only time to travel, some survivors had turned to cannibalism to survive. Their eyesight was minimal in the darkness.
Lisa went first, her .45 held up like a police officer. Jan followed with her .9mm raised in unison. They stepped onto the old bridge. They had heard that there was a sanctuary on the other side. A small but thriving community that had enough crops so they didn’t turn on each other. The only thing between them and safety was the bridge. Lisa stepped onto the rickety structure and the bridge groaned in protest. Jan soon followed behind.
A thick fog had begun to rise from the murky waters below. They cautiously walked, “We are taking too long, the sun is going to rise soon.” The orange glow of the oncoming dawn began to illuminate the mountains. Lisa continued with her gloomy forecast, “I do not want to be caught on this bridge at dawn. We are sitting ducks.” As the dawn quickly approached they began to run. Rust dust flew in all directions as they finished their crossing. The sun had almost risen on top of the mountains. Jan heard a growl. The gunfire was extraordinary as she fell to the ground. Jan was being dragged down towards the water. Lisa was in the arms of a stranger pulling her to safety. The sisters would never see each other again.
Fiction © Copyright Kathleen McCluskey
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