Underground Hope

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They had prepared well.  Jack was a Plan C man and he had paid attention to the changes in the government. He knew it would only be a matter of time before they came for his wife and made her into one of their breeding vessels. The Restitution Party had slowly taken over the country. In  its quest for power and plan for adherence to the strict rules of  Spiritual Law, they had “disappeared”  the “undesirable” elements of the population.

There had been armed revolts with loss of life on both sides. During a lull, Jack had built a bunker for his family and friends. His engineering skills provided them with a state of the art shelter. Over time, they had stocked it with arms, food, clothes, books and seeds for planting. It would keep his family safe for years.  He gathered friends from the “undesirable” elements of the population and aided them in their protection efforts. Each person brought special skills to the group that would help them rebuild their nation.
Soon they were ready for what was to come.  When the violence commenced, they dropped into blackness. And waited.  And then it happened.  Jack and the leaders in the other bunkers flipped the switch.  One explosion after another lit the sky above them. What followed was an eerie quiet. Then the sound of birds.

Slowly, the bunker doors opened. Before them lay destruction. In the distance a white flag.  It was time for The Renewal. A place where all were free.


Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday Prompt for July 19th, 2013. Check out what others have written @ http://kellieelmore.com/2013/07/19/fwf-free-write-friday-time-place-scenario-6/

27 thoughts on “Underground Hope

      1. Oh … that was 25 years ago … we did an activity called Bomb Shelter … every student had a role & no one knew what the other was playing out … different problems to solve as a group based on their role … we had some lively debate!!!

  1. Suzanne

    Now there’s a future I wouldn’t want to see happen. Your story is very dramatic and had hooked from the first sentence.

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  3. A great positive slant on the aftermath of destruction. Well written. Some scary futuristic (highly probable) ideas weaved into this free write, a great read!
    Loved the strong character opening!

    1. When I read Kellie’s prompt, my mind went immediately to Margaret Atwood’s “A Handmaids Tale”. I read that book back in the ’80s and it still resonates with me today. I am a believer in speaking up and speaking out in the face of oppression. Writing this was another avenue for sure. But I remain an optimist as always.

      1. Of course, I haven’t read that book – although I have of course heard of it. May stick it on my Goodreads list this year. I love books that stay in your heart and mind for a while.
        Love your optimism.

  4. I nearly got chills. Ya know, i don’t like watching the news and this is one reason why. If we are going to go, I don’t wana know. I don’t want to feel the fear, I want to be in my home, doing something I love with those I love around me if a bomb drops on us, I wana be smiling. Not cowered and fearful. Does that make sense?

    Anyway, i love reading you. I don’t have to keep telling you what a talent you are. I hope you know how much I respect you by now. Keep that ink flowing and sharing your gift.

    1. Well, I just got back in the room because I burst into tears! My heart is full of gratitude. Ever since my first FWF prompt back in March (Keepsakes), the words keep coming and the blog keeps growing. Your continued encouragement AND YOUR beautiful and inspiring writing continue to keep the ink wet!

      Yeah and Undeground comes from my fierceness in the face of oppression. The world has gotten stranger and less tolerant in the past 30 years or so. At least in my opinion,anyway. Stand and Fight but Keep on Smiling is what I say! XO 🙂 🙂

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