The Last Bastion

222 01 January 7th 2018

The town looked dead, as everyone had gathered in the castle to celebrate our victory.

The war between zombies and humans had been going on for decades. The entire planet was under the rule of zombies, except Copper Country, which kept resisting with unprecedented bravery.

And then, just in the nick of time, we discovered that copper could ‘kill’ zombies.

Rejuvenated, we gathered all the copper in the kingdom in one place…

…and destroyed it.

The castle had not taken too long to fall once it ran out of copper.

We zombies now had complete control over the world.


99 words.

This week’s story is a mashup of two separate challenges:

1.The Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by their lead buckaroo Charli Mills. The prompt this week was:

January 4, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about Copper Country. It can be any place, fictional, historical, or on another planet. Go where the copper leads.

2. The Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Al Forbes. The objective was to write a story of 200 words or less based on the photo prompt given above. For more details visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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23 Responses to The Last Bastion

  1. Anna Rymer says:

    A very good play with POV… I didn’t see it coming 🙂

  2. Deborah Lee says:

    Nice twist! You got me!

  3. JS Brand says:

    Well-done – you caught me out too.

  4. Susan says:

    I agree with the others; you lead us down one path and then at the end, took us somewhere unexpected. Good job!

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice twist! I guess they have to win sometime in at least one of these zombie stories!

  6. I see what you did there. Got me. And copper does have such properties, effective against bacteria, mold, mildew, and zombies.

  7. I loved how you kept us in the dark as to who the narrator was. When the POV became clear it was a shock and a wonderful twist.

  8. Charli Mills says:

    I’m keeping copper in my arsenal, just in case. Great way to thwart our expectations.

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  10. Michael B. Fishman says:

    Very cool and you’ve created a new type of zombie to compete with the mindless, rambling zombies we see all the time: a thinking and literate zombie. It might be time to be afraid 🙂 !

  11. Great end twist, Anurag. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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