Fire, a short story written by Mehreen Ahmed at
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written by: Mehreen Ahmed



Laura stood at her window in the forest hut, watching a jaundiced sky. The bats and the crows flew in uncertain directions at dusk. There was ablaze over the tall gum trees. Laura couldn’t figure out what it was. The telltale sign from the yellow sky suggested the end of time. The blaze continued to grow high, then higher. The creatures of the forest, the possums, and the dingoes, and the Tasmanian Tigers ran amok around the bend deeper yet, into the forest. The stifling air made Laura cough up phlegm. Distant cries of human voices carried distress. All Laura could see was an engulfing fire. Fire which overwhelmed her and the bush rapidly. Trees and houses and the animal habitat burnt to a cinder in this inferno. It burnt for days on end. It burnt without ebb. It still burnt, a permanent haze descended from the sky; it darkened the forest. There was no reprieve, no lights, but all-consuming darkness of fire sparks like ubiquitous fireflies.

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