Up in the Collegiate Peaks of Colorado is this small ghost town of St. Elmo that I fell in love with many years ago. And when this week’s prompt was a story about history, my mind traveled to a ghost town. Most ghost towns become just that due to the lack of income and jobs; I gave mine a bit of a twist though.
The June 25, 2014 challenge from Carrot Ranch Communications was to: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that considers history, near or far.
She walked alone down the dirt road, once inundated with horses and maybe carriages even, trying to feel some connection to her past. Had any of her family skipped stones in the stream nearby, or stopped for a drink after a hard day of mining?
Her fingers itched to run themselves over the weathered wood of buildings. She passed an old saloon that had once been the livelihood of this town. Eyes closed, she inhaled the clean, mountain air and tried to imagine the old ghost town come to life.
What had scared an entire town enough to run?
What did you think?