Drabble: The Locals
My response to the August prompt ‘local’.
In the many years he travelled, he’d visited many cities. The cities were isolated from each other by powerful monsters that prowled the land, and every city had adopted a different tactic to stay alive.
One of the things he loved about travelling was seeing the many different ways people had created to survive. Some were more successful than others, but the fact that the city still existed at all already put them way ahead of forgotten cities that had succumbed to the monster’s invasion.
The most unusual strategy he had come across was a city made out of a web of smaller cities, and where everyone was born with unusual abilities, like elemental manipulation and magical healing. This new city they had just entered, however, was a close second.
Most of the locals appeared average compared to all the other cities he had visited, but there was a fraction born with incredible strength and unbelievable abilities. It was like the city where everyone was born with special powers, if all those powers had been crammed into a handful of people. Between the layers of city walls and the powerful individuals, they kept the monsters back and everyone in the city alive.
But the locals still flocked to their combat lessons, even those strong enough to snap people in two with just a twist of their fingers.
Not that he was complaining. Extra income was always good.
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