Copyright - Marie-Gail Stratford

Copyright – Marie Gail Stratford

The old folk remember silos brimming with grain, harvested from golden fields that reached the horizons. ‘A feast for eyes, then for bellies,’ they reminisce.

We see only dead, grey acres now. Bellies stay empty.

I can see our silo from our garden plot. There are two or three viable plants. I have the day watch. Mostly our barbed wire and dogs keep the scavengers out, but occasionally they sneak in. The old folk say they’re desperate, but I say we’re all desperate.

I can hear last night’s intruder moaning inside the silo. His hunger will be short-lived.


My story is for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, who posts a photo prompt each Wednesday. The challenge is to write a complete story in 100 words or less.

38 thoughts on “Silo

    • It’s quite interesting to imagine a post-apocalyptic setting. I haven’treally gone there before, so I’m glad it worked. Thank you, Kimberley, for your encouragement.


  1. A bleak post-Armageddon future? Always a favourite 🙂 The picture you paint of hunger and desperation is well done, definitely channelling Cormac Mccarthy’s The Road here.


  2. Lots of intrigue here – I wonder if the silo is a trap itself, or just somewhere to stash the evidence. Either way, love the way you draw the word-picture of the world you’ve created.


  3. Yeough, what a scary twist in the end. I wonder how long it takes these hungry farmers to discover a new protein source? Why waste a good corpse… This is a great tale.


  4. I can well imagine people drawing together and shutting themselves away from outsiders in such a future. Great last line – I guess there’s a heavy price to pay for trying to steal food.


  5. This could very well be a reality if it isn’t already, Margaret. That was quite a spin at the end there with the intruder inside the silo. What a grisly tale. People are definitely desperate. Nicely done!


    • You’re right. It’s a bleak time, and a bleak story. I actually started out trying to produce a funny story for this prompt, and ended up with exactly the opposite. Thanks for your comment, Russell.


    • Thank you, Suzanne. Your observation is sobering – I hope we can get things under control in the world before this becomes a reality. Thank you for your comment.


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