Disappeared 10

Bunch of carrots

Carrots. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Andrew stood, patting his pockets for the matchbox, and noticed a hollow in the tunnel wall, the same size as the plaque of runes gleaming on the oozing mudslide before him. He blinked, surprised. There were runes on the wall, as well!

Locating the matchbox in an inner jacket pocket, he opened and pulled one out, ready to strike. Just a little more light, and he could read them aloud.

Andrew struck, the match flared and extinguished. The box flew up and away, out of his hands.

He’d felt a blast of hot air, a single silent word: “Stop!”

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (04/25/2022): In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “up and away.” You can imagine a story from the photo of hot air balloons, a flying superhero, a natural wonder, or any other direction your inspiration goes. Go where the prompt leads!

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