199. Once the sands

Once the sands had tickled these walls continually but that sensation too had long deserted the house.

First the humans had left, frantically stripping the building down to its bare essentials and taking with them the sounds that had filled the hallways with joyous life.

Then the clouds arrived, depriving the windows of the warm reflection of sunlight and casting gloomy eternal shadows on the crumbling walls.

The creeping sand had momentarily given new life to the house in the form of ever-changing dunes, guided by the unpredictable winds from the East. But they too disappeared in time, leaving behind a sandy tomb.

All that was left now was the taste of nuclear rain. It had eaten away most of the paint and would soon be feasting on the bricks, mortar and wood, until there was nothing left to devour.

Yet the front door still stood proudly askew, as though the house still fully expected a rosy future to come knocking.

As if impending death was but a pessimist mindset.



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4 thoughts on “199. Once the sands

  1. Bruce Goodman says:

    Nothing to do with the story above: but well done and congrats on the up-and-coming 200th story! Your stories are well worth the effort. They’re jolly good!

  2. Dieter, this is a really atmospheric piece where the house (ironically) lives (and only that which lives can die, of course). I think Poe would be proud of what you’ve written here. 🙂

  3. What an interesting idea for a blog, and I like this story – will read some of the others, when I’m not supposed to be working! Thanks for following mine, you’ll see I have similar aims to do something before a certain age. I am going to add ‘write a 300 word story’ to my list of things to do before my 30th birthday. Looking forward to reading the 200th!

    BB http://30thingsbybeatrice.wordpress.com/

  4. b00kreader says:

    I LOVE your last sentence!

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