PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Butolt


Mud oozed between Macy’s toes, soothing the thorn-pierced skin on her bare feet. The sun blazed through parting rain clouds. Shining its light on the thorny bushes and flat earth that spread out in all directions towards the horizon. Behind her, beyond that last hill was her boyfriend, James. The ants and maggots probably got to him now. Joining the vultures that pecked at his dehydrated corpse.

Tears pushed under her eyelids, but never fell. Something roared in the distance, growing louder. Flying against the sun, a chopper droned towards her. Those tears swelled and streamed down her dirt-stained cheeks.

100 words


What a beautiful image by Roger Butolt! My mind immediately went to a story of a woman who survived getting lost in the wilderness. Hope you enjoy it.

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge is to write a full story in 100 words or less.

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28 thoughts on “Rescue

  1. So, were they lost in the wilderness and he died right before the rescue helicopter came, or did the kill him (and if the latter, there is certainly a lot of murder being inspired by the prompt)?

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    1. They were lost and the helicopter was part of a search and rescue operation. Been watching a lot of survivor reality lately… But it is funny how such a serene image inspires murderous fiction? 🤔😅

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    1. You’re not the first to think she was going to be arrested for murdering her boyfriend. But in this case, she’s being rescued. Her boyfriend didn’t survive getting lost in the wilderness.

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