The Great Escape

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“What is it, Mama?” the boy asked as they walked down the sidewalk with the great wheel looming in front of them.

“We don’t know, son. Some say it’s our Great Escape to another world since we can’t drink our water here anymore. More people are sick from poisoning from pollution.”

The citizens were gathering around the wheel, which seemed to be slightly vibrating. Some were afraid. Most seemed relieved. They had received leaflets dropped from the sky.

“But where are we going?” the boy asked.

His mother told him she didn’t know. She hoped to a safe, clean place.

 

Photo credit to Jennifer Pendergast

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16 comments on “The Great Escape
  1. That’s like – ‘Welcome to the real world’!

    Very nice picture. That wheel (is that a wheel? pendant?) is so gigantic!

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  2. jellico84 says:

    left me wanting more… Good write.

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  3. michael1148humphris says:

    Poison or not it sounds risky to leave. Who ever controls the wheel should help clean up the poison, don’t leave, it may be a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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  4. I don’t think a leaflet would be enough to persuade me. On the other hand, I might end up a s the last sucker on Earth. 😀 Nicely done.

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  5. James says:

    The escape hatch, otherwise known as “Plan B”.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    A leap into the unknown of epic proportions. Nice take.

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  7. Rommy says:

    It’s one thing to have hope, but I’d be very leery to just jump on the first thing without any other information.

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  8. Hope is the last thing left, especially when we’ve ruined the water… and most likely everything else.

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  9. Carl Bystrom says:

    I don’t know, it feels a bit like a set up to me…

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  10. Would you take the chance? I suppose if your present life was really bad …

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  11. goroyboy says:

    Queue Journey! “The Wheel in the sky, keeps on turning! ğŸŽ¶

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  12. Lynn Love says:

    Sad and moving but with a touch of hope there. Let’s hope Mama’s right. Nicely told tale, Rosemary

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