Dwindling Topographies

In a collapsed hall, an echoing crunch truncates panicked screaming.

Later, a wrinkled sheet of parchment skips corner over corner across the heaving stones of an empty plaza, catching on a clattering stand of dry stalks rising from a russet mound that was once a fighting machine. The bones of its soldiers were scavenged long ago. Crimson splashes dapple the parchment in a delicate arc like the islands of a whimsical archipelago. A map describing the mysterious geography of a small violence.

Its cartographer is feasting now, alone in the darkness, an artless crunching amid a shifting landscape of bones.


Dwindling Topographies first appeared December 2019 in

Apocalypse – Dark Drabbles #6

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