Gathering, by Bruce Arbuckle

They’re still there. Fifty people, standing in silence, motionless on her lawn, heads bowed like powered down androids.

“I don’t like it Mummy,” Kia says. “Make them go away.”

She called the police. They’re not picking up.

“Stay there,” she says. Gripping the kitchen knife tightly she opens the door.

A 50-word story written by Bruce Arbuckle, inspired by the Freewriters Writing Prompt on Hive, “standing in silence”

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