The fire engine arrived too late

Welcome to Wednesday’s flash fiction wherein I write as part of a group based on the same short prompt and post them. Here’s my contribution.

Horses’ hooves striking cobbles broke through my haze. I turned searching for the source. They were here; the fire engine arrived too late.

“Lady,” the captain said scrambling down. His eyes moving past me to the building collapsing behind me.

I couldn’t turn, couldn’t look. I’d spent the last half hour doing nothing but staring as the place was destroyed.

“The Areushi,” another man said scrambling down from the wagon.

Holding up my hand I forestalled his scramble toward the building, my lost home. My other hand clasped tightly the item behind my back, its edges digging into my palm.

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