Caught In The Ashes

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  • Published: 7 Jun 2013
  • Updated: 2 Jul 2013
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Desma Lee is dead. She died for being a witness to something so controversial that the authorities would kill for it to stay hidden. *For the Inspired By A Song competition based on the song Pompeii by Bastille*

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1. Prologue

I remember feeling the wind brush against my face like last goodbyes.

“Goodbye,” the wind taunted, and then it was gone. Just like everyone else. The strength fled my body just as the wind had and I remember laying there, paralysis becoming my constant friend. My vision was set ablaze, the world becoming a haze of reds, oranges, and yellows.

Everything was on fire.

My skin was cracked and peeling, the moisture taken out. I ran my tongue across my terribly dried lips while I laughed. Whoever wanted me dead wanted me to suffer too, I remember thinking as the marble I lay on became warm, the fire leaked into its veins.

The macabre smoke stole whatever breath was still left in my feeble body as a voice whispered: “You ran, we found you.”

That's right, I did run. How foolish.

And as the smoke and fire continued to leech the life from my body I found the strength to speak. “I will run to Heaven and send the stars to chase after you. They will know what you've done. They know now what you plan to do.”

Then ashes fell from the sky like snowflakes.

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