Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair.
Write a short story/flash fiction piece of less than 200 words based on the prompts
Florence pulled the ripped cotton strip taunt above the slash on Jonah’s thigh. She felt the rusty metal of the bridge brace pushing into the small of her back as she shifted their weight again. Avoiding the damp ground was impossible. Jonah’s blood was seeping into everything underneath them. At least the night shadows provided some shelter from the glare of searchlights passing over in infinite eights as the helicopters persisted in searching for survivors. Florence didn’t want to be found, no matter the puzzle of how to truly help Jonah. She needed to take things in small pieces. First was getting his bleeding to stop. She would take care of her own pain later. Jonah had been unconscious under the remains of the bridge from the moment the earthquake knocked him into the slab of concrete near their hiding place. Florence wasn’t sure he would ever wake up again and she wondered if in the end that might be for the best. The erratic sound of her heartbeat in her ears pushed her to close her eyes to slow it’s beating. She moved her wet hair aside. She had to stay calm and hidden sitting in her lover’s blood.