Lost (Flash Fiction)

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Lost
Dwight L. Roth

I was lost…totally lost in the pitch-black darkness. I climbed this ridge several times in the daylight, following the winding trail all the way to the top where we had set up camp. Now I was stumbling; tripping over rocks and branches as I wander off the trail. Why did I forget to bring my flashlight?
Talk of a mountain lion in the daylight brought no fear, but now, in the pitch dark, the reality presented itself with every distant rustle of the leaves and breaking of a branch. I pressed on climbing upward, feeling my way through the saplings, mountain laurel, and dead tree limbs. “The top can’t be too much farther.”
Suddenly. there is that unmistakable wine of a big cat; off in the distance, yet too close for comfort. Chills run up my spine, when far away an interrupted cry… silence!

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Bjorn at d’Verse introduced us to our new form to work with…Flash Fiction. He asked that it not be more than 144 words. It could be exactly 144 words as well. Mine is 144 words. We must use the given line from a poem somewhere in the story. Today it was “when far away an interrupted cry…”

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Miracle in Thailand

Thai boys in cave

The world watched the story of the Thai soccer players and their coach.  Lost in an underground cavern, water from Monsoon rains forced them in deeper and deeper to find high ground. Days later, when they were discovered by British Navy Seals in Scuba gear, their worries were not abated.  A long dangerous underwater rescue was necessary to bring them out. All were safely brought out and the world breathed a collective sigh and a prayer of thanks for the miracle just witnessed. This poem focuses on the initial entrapment.

Trapped in the Dark

Young boys huddled in the dark

Lose track of time as days go by

High ground becomes lower

Monsoon season feeds the flow.

With no way out …they wait //

Hope // and pray that help will come

Waiting // Waiting // Waiting

Batteries die leaving pitch blackness

Meditation helps relieve desperation

Thirst quenched from cave wall drippings

Food is gone // Black time silently ticks on

All that remains is the dripping sound of silence

Echoing through the endless cavern

Days of cold never ending night go on and on

Waiting // Waiting // Waiting

Talking ceases as they await their fate

A mirage of dim light appears in the depths

Must be hallucinations

No // it’s getting brighter

A scuba diver breaks the water surface

Hope is not lost!!

Now the scary part

Underwater rescue

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Photo from the French news agency on Edge.

If you would like to know the exact day to day timeline of events surrounding the rescue you can find them here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/thai-cave-rescue-timeline-how-it-unfolded-2018-7#wednesday-july-11-the-soccer-team-recovers-in-the-hospital-18