They had watched the glow from beyond the hills all night, desperation winking at them with each new blaze that framed the remaining trees. Their former lives curled into the smoke that mixed and churned the sky; a supernova brilliance that swallowed all they had known.
They shuddered on the brink, the earth dropping away behind their backs into a chasm with no crossing.
Each one wondered which would reach them first – the fire, or the dawn.
Writer Pamelyn Casto states, “The writing and reading of flash fiction is presently a worldwide phenomenon. It is rapidly increasing in popularity in the United States and Canada where it is offered in more and more fine literary journals. Further, translations are pouring in to English speaking journals from all around the world. In Latin America, where such work has a long tradition, it continues to thrive. It is also flourishing in China where it appears in magazines, journals, and daily newspapers. In Italy it is enjoying renewed life under the influence of futurism and prose poetry. I find it especially exciting that in Cyprus it comes in just behind poetry as the predominant mode of published literary writing.”
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