Mondays Finish the Story- The Lost Civilization

Posted: August 10, 2015 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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It’s Monday and that means a brand new Mondays Finish the Story. This week I was kindly given the opportunity to pick the theme: ruins. Check out the original prompt here to see other great stories or to make your own attempt. It’s a great chance to challenge your writing skills. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be a writer.

Ruins – © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Word Count: 146

Where did they go?”

This was the question that haunted him, the question that filled his every thought as he continued his examination of the ancient city. Once, this place had been mighty- a centre of learning and trade. It had been the beating heart of a great empire. All roads had led to this place, placing it dead in the middle of a complex network of transportation.

Now it was empty- abandoned. Nothing but ruins. There hadn’t been any people here for centuries.

So where did they go? Were they slain by war? By plague? Did they all just leave?

The more he searched, the less he felt he knew. It was as if an entire people- an entire civilization- had vanished without a trace.

At last, after weeks of searching, he had to concede defeat.

I suppose, G’resh thought, we might never know what happened to the humans. 

  1. Wonderful! I loved the twist at the end!

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  2. Good question, especially with respect to how we meet our end. Well done!

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  3. Sally says:

    Great twist at the end.

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  4. Excellent…. love the ending!!!

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  5. babso2you says:

    Perfect story JA! Thank you for picking a subject for this week’s challenge! I appreciate that. And, thanks for writing again for the MFtS challenge and be well… ^..^

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  6. afairymind says:

    Good story! I love the twist. 🙂 I wonder what did happen to the humans…?

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  7. draliman says:

    Great twist at the end! I hope this future doesn’t happen any time soon.

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