They’re Coming | Microfiction

Bell illustration - "They're Coming" microfiction




“They’re coming!”


“Everybody run! Get outta here! Find shelter!”

But the bells are too fast, too big.

They bong through the streets relentlessly, their bronze surfaces glimmering beneath the insipid sun of the winter afternoon. They’re taller than the buildings they pass by, wider than the cars that swerve and screech out of their way. And they crush everything – and everyone – who crosses their path.

Folks scatter, dropping their bags of gifts and wrapping paper behind them, to take cover inside shops and cafes and restaurants. Those who run fast enough can make it out alive, but the slow ones aren’t so lucky. The bells trample them, snapping limbs and pulverising organs, all the while ringing out with their incessant bings and bongs which reverberate through the streets and rattle nearby windows.

Janet watches from the comfort of a coffee shop, her hands cradling a hot cup of peppermint latte. “Oh, lovely. You know it’s truly Christmas when the bells arrive.”

10 responses to “They’re Coming | Microfiction”

  1. theministryofshrawleywalks avatar

    Hilarious! Really good stuff!! Made me chuckle as I’m marinading my muntjac (not a euphemism)

  2. Julia Southwick avatar

    Perfect last line! Love this!

  3. Simon avatar

    Ha! that was funny. Just out of curiosity, where do you get your illustrations for each post, or do you make them.

    1. Ellie Scott avatar

      I get them from Pixabay – open source and free. If only I could draw!

  4. Robert Kirkendall avatar

    For whom the bells pulverize 😀
    Does bong mean in Britain what it means here?

    1. Ellie Scott avatar

      Bong as in water pipe? Yep… I considered not using it for that reason but the only other apt bell sound I could think of was ‘Dong’ and that seemed far more inappropriate haha

  5. Anand Bose avatar

    Interesting story told in the style of magic realism. Anand Bose from Kerala.

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