Dying of the Light

Posted: November 22, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Orange light splits the evening sky, dancing through the shadows of dark clouds.The sun is falling, drawn gradually down beneath the horizon. He stands upon a high hill, watching it all: the waters sparkling with soft orange, the black silhouettes of the trees, the sky glowing like a world on fire.

You have until sunset.

That is what they told him. This is his last hour. The moment the sun passes beneath the horizon, heading into the unknown dark, he will go with it.

He is not afraid.

There’s no point in fear. Being afraid won’t stop it. It won’t even slow it.

Nobody can stop the sun from setting.

All he can do is watch the burning sky and marvel at its beauty.

And as the dim light fades, he lies back, a smile lingering on his lips as the first of the stars flashes in the cold night.

Word Count: 150

This is for Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Footy and Foodie for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    A nice sunset to leave on. Nicely done.

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  2. Great story, J.A. Seems he is happy about going to a new adventure! Leaves me wanting to know more. 🙂

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Such a vivid and descriptive piece. Really gorgeous writing. I wonder where he’s going now after this final hour of sunset?

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  4. michael1148humphris says:

    So many possibilities, even an astronaut about to leave earth, great writing.

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  5. Joyfrida says:

    This story has very many possibilities, I hope he has a good thing waiting for him though. Nice take.

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  6. Lynn Love says:

    If only we could all feel like that at the end! Just intrigued as to who the ultimatum was from – is this end imposed and why? Lots of questions encased in a well written whole

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