Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
This week our intrepid leader presents a striking image by Sally-Ann Hodgekiss.
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Click here to hear the story read by the author:
It is market day in the small town.
Women go about their shopping in bright afternoon sunshine.
Children play in the quiet streets.
At first the drone from the sky raises no more than mild curiosity.
Aircraft flying overhead is not a new sight in this increasingly troubled region.
Then there is an increasing awareness that something is different.
The planes are circling, coming back lower.
The first bombs fall.
People stare at the sky, transfixed by terror, as buildings are shattered around them.
Wave after wave of concentrated bombing reduces homes, shops and churches to rubble.
As mothers run searching for their children, and shocked men emerge from workplaces, they believe that they are in the midst of a nightmare.
But now it gets worse.
Incendiary bombs tumble from the heavens, and fires break out everywhere.
Then the strafing begins.
Low-flying aircraft use machine guns to butcher the panic-stricken hordes fleeing the mayhem.
The blitzkrieg is born.
Pablo Picasso screamed his outrage at this atrocity in one of the Twentieth Century’s iconic masterpieces.