My response to the prompt folly.
~The Ticket Out~
When that man appeared, she was picking up the shattered remains of a jar, the victim of another argument between her neighbours. The man didn’t say much, just helped her pick up the pieces and made sure she was alright. Little by little, his kindness opened her heart, until she shared her secret with him.
“I hate this place.”
He didn’t try to dissuade her.
“Do you want to leave?”
“I’m leaving in a few days. You can come with me. But only if you take this supplement to strengthen your body. Travelling is tough. You won’t always find doctors when you need them.”
He held out a bottle and shook the pills inside.
“I’ll do it.”
Every day, she took one pill. By the time she left with the man, she felt the best she had ever been.
The next time she returned, it was as a mindless monster that destroyed her hometown and everyone in it.
The stories in Defenders of the Wall take place in a setting where most of the land is barren due to monsters prowling around and people hiding from them. But where did the monsters come from? That’s what I decided to explore with the prompt.
Moral of the story? Don’t eat suspicious things from strangers. There are a lot of weird things out there now.
If you want to read more about this stranger, check out The Charismatic Traveller.