Where Did Our Home Go?

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© J Hardy Carroll

How’d we get here? One minute we were fighting an Imp horde and the next we landed here. The demons were experimenting with a portal stone. That’s it.

We’re on Earth but it’s not home. I’ve gotten a day job so I can buy food. I push myself through the gap in the gates with the groceries.

Newspapers say the year’s 1988. Raul’s family died in a famine in the 11th century. Yana was abandoned during an earthquake the next century. Prisha’s family were killed in Calcutta’s 1737 cyclone.

I’ve got to get them back to the only home they’ve ever known…dragonworld.

I wrote this for the Rochelle Wisoff-Fields writing challenge. The idea is to use the image of the old warehouse above as the inspiration to craft a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count is exactly 100.

I don’t think I’ve done my concept justice. It’s part of a larger idea I’ve been toying with, one I briefly touched on a few days ago.

Imagine the abandoned and unwanted children of the world throughout history being whisked to a different place and time, one where they are taken care of by dragons. Then imagine in a war an accident sends them back to Earth, but way too far in the future. What would happen then?

To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.

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37 thoughts on “Where Did Our Home Go?

    • Actually, it’s more complicated than that, and the narrator is a teenage girl (I know, in 100 words, I couldn’t communicate everything about the people or their situation). No history will be changed. Children across history were “harvested” from natural disasters, famines, and wars so that they too wouldn’t die. The big question is whether or not they can go back and successfully reintegrate into our world or must stay with the dragons forever (where indeed, they may be better off)?

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  1. I take it your harvest was for the good of the children, but it reminds me of past harvesting (e.g. Orphan Trains in USA, British Home Children in Britain). Not the same thing I realize, just a connection I made in my mind. Dragons can be kind I am told.

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    • I probably will call it something else besides “dragonworld”. I was struggling with the word count and have to think of a single word to express their home.

      Actually, it’s the world where the dragons and children were exiled to that is a tough place to live. Dragonworld, or whatever I decide to call it (spoiler alert), once the war is won and the demons are banished, is really pretty cool, Fatima. All that said, I like it here, too.

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    • Thanks. I spent some time yesterday working on a high level outline of the trilogy and then part of the first novel. Still needs a lot of stuff filled in before I can actually begin the writing in earnest.

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