Tending a Tinderbox. It’s a 6.

Residents of NoVa Neighborhood Claim Dead Walk Among Them. Authorities Investigate

“The Archdiocese of Washington Disclaims Knowledge of Local Exorcism”

CDC Issues Latest Warning on Virus:  Fatal with No Known Cure

Local Mother Claims “Zombies Ate My Baby!”

European Union Confirms 1st Case of “Zombie Virus“.

The young woman’s body shifted fitfully in the worn leather of the military Humvee, sleep taking her body by force, unconscious mind taken hostage to wander a nebulous landscape littered with shadows of society collapsed, her moans soft and muffled; Seven, moving closer to his charge, waited patiently for the sun to rise.


27 thoughts on “Tending a Tinderbox. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny September 2, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    I am ever thankful for the sun. Especially in the shadows of a collapsed society. Nice use of headlines to set the scene.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 2, 2021 / 7:00 pm

      Even the brightness of the sun can’t dispel the darkness of the world in which our 3 protagonists live.
      Thank you, Frank.

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  2. The Atomic Mage September 3, 2021 / 1:57 am

    Excellent, D. Hitting us with those news headlines really hammers home the collapse of society, and I totally smiled at strapline #4 as for certain at least one of the papers out there would totally print something like that! 🤣

    Love strapline #2 as it captures a moment when the church might be in conflict between biological vs biblical threat! Throw in an attempt at exorcism into a zombie tale, and you can’t go wrong!

    Strapline #5 is powerful, as it shows the virus is now acknowledged by the EU.

    The last sentence pulls us all the way back into the here and now world of the main characters.

    Well played! 😎😎

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    • The Atomic Mage September 3, 2021 / 2:03 am

      Oops. I meant ‘headliness’ not ‘straplines’. Erm… ‘straps’ on my mind, quick, where’s the coffee?!

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      • GirlieOnTheEdge September 3, 2021 / 6:07 am

        Straps on your mind, eh? Scene from your next story perhaps 😉
        Running downstairs for another… I’ll bring you one 😁

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          • clark September 3, 2021 / 8:12 am

            damn, there I was, all, ‘Another most excellent idiom from our adopted cultural parents!’ but it was a spelchecko instead… ah well, at least the Mystery of the Missing Leading Articles remains hidden… perhaps at university somewhere or, even they could be cleverly stockpiled at hospital…

            (lol. sorry to interrupt)

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 3, 2021 / 6:01 am

      Thank you, V. You know it, lol. But seriously, if you can imagine a world devolving such as implied, it would not be such a wild headline, only found in the National Enquirer. (psst…don’t tell anyone but…as I was writing it, I was hearing Elaine from Seinfeld…”maybe the dingo ate your baby“)

      Their adamant disclaimer would cause me to be suspect as we know, one did take place.

      Had to go global at some point!

      Merci 😎😎

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  3. Chris Hall September 3, 2021 / 6:39 am

    Love what you did there, Denise! Great impact. I wonder what the headline would have been in one of the British tabloids? Probably something akin to The Denver Post.

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  4. clark September 3, 2021 / 8:06 am

    Excellent Installment… hit us between the rhetorical eyes yo.


  5. Liz H September 3, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    Was said before, but I’ll say it again: the five headlines is excellent, bold staccato specifics on public political opinion, followed by the dramatic murmur of the very and most real truth of your story in the focus on one individual and her immediate threat. Brilliant!


  6. UP September 5, 2021 / 8:06 am

    Super cool. Love the headlines

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Spira September 7, 2021 / 3:22 am

    Sniper quality! (the scope attached to your pen is pretty darn accurate! )

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