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September 5, 2014

St. Kilda, Scotland. CC photo by Neil Wilkie.

The bitter whine of the wind whipping across the deserted landscape was suddenly broken by the wail of a hungry newborn. The sound issued from one of the stone cleits topped with turf scattered across the isle. The cry increased steadily in volume as the child’s distress grew. Only the moaning wind replied to the infant’s demands.

The sturdy stones of the building shivered and grated. Dirt puffed out into the air from the joints between the rocks. The cleit quivered, spalls of rock peeling from every surface. Huge cracks spiderwebbed their way across the stones. The babe’s cry was a constant high-pitched shrill.

The newborn’s tone filled with rage as well as hunger. Tremors rolled across the surface of the island, till the ground quivered like jello. Stone fractured. The cleit burst open like a rotten fruit, spitting forth seeds of jagged rock. The infant fell silent, waiting. The island waited with it.


152 Words in response to Flash! Friday-vol 2-39, 150 words (10-word leeway), Special Challenge: Include a baby.

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