The Zone

Curiosity brought you here.

You know you’ve entered not because of the signs, but because there’s no birdsong. All you hear is wind and eerie silence.

Next is the stench of burnt flesh. There’s nothing left but ash, you only think you smell it.

The heat, however, is real. The closer you get, the more your resolve melts. But you’ve entered the exclusion zone, you mustn’t go back now. The landscape devoid of life, the sight of the reactor, its core glowing in bright sunshine – everything’s spookier than you imagined.

Curiosity will kill you and it’s better than the alternative.

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Abandoned is the Story A Day prompt for today.

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