100 Word Challenge -The Nightmare

The heat beating down on them was nothing compared to the burning truck as they spilled out of it, blurs, howls and moments of frantic battle all becoming one.

The first shots fired.

A girl screaming.

Someone close choking on metal while shouting “Allahu Ackbar”

Another explosion, knocking everyone down, his ears ringing.

As the smoke cleared, the metallic taste of iron and death in the air tried to choke him as he stood, but that wasn’t what terrified him.

“Why didn’t you join us?” they all asked with one voice.

Bryan jolted awake, the cold sweat pooled around him and fists clenched white.


And Entry #2 for this week’s 100 Word Challenge. Because some things will never leave you, no matter how hard you try and shake them.

I hope you all enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge -The Nightmare

  1. Mayumi-H says:

    This is great, shade! You do so much in these 100 words to capture the fear and chaos of that moment! The description is very vivid; it really places the reader right in there with Bryan. Well done!

    • Thank you, Mayumi!
      This one was difficult, sonce something as tramatic as this or the PTSD that comes with it would be hard for anyone to talk about. That, plus what can be a serious case of survivors’ guilt, I wanted to show why we opened with Bryan in such a low point.

      I’m happy you enjoyed!

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