Last week’s prompt at Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch was to rewrite a story in 99 words (no more, no less) based on the short story, As Far as a Prisoner Can Go, which Charli wrote for Story Chat. The Word Wranglers were to write the same story, but different. She indicated we could change genre, wreck it, etc.
This pedometer geek writer really changed it up, really wrecked it, and it is as follows:
Escape from a Prison
The invasion began with bombs and gunfire. Oksana and her husband Andriy were hiding out. Andriy was obligated to serve, but he insisted she must go.
Escaping the prison of a bomb shelter, Oksana made the last train out of Kyiv, knowing she was leaving behind Andriy to fight, perhaps die.
The train only went so far; she would need to walk miles toward a new world. Along the way, Oksana found a young child crying and clinging to his dead parents.
Oksana picked up the boy, calling him Matviy, making him her own as they continued toward safety.
~Nancy Brady, 2022
All the names used in this story are Ukrainian and the names were picked for their meanings.
To read Charli’s short story and read all the other stories by the Word Wranglers as well as the feedback, check out https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/05/10/may-story-chat-as-far-as-a-former-prisoner-can-go