Short story: Science Fiction/Fantasy Thriller. First published: 2006. (Included in anthology: The Maker’s Mark – Remnants)
A surreal sci-fi fantasy set in a ‘western’ style desert world dominated by a single mysterious city.
‘The City’s calling us home…’
Several generations ago many of our people left the city to make new homes for ourselves in the towns that had been left abandoned in the desert. Some say that it was the will of ‘The Maker’ that led us to take this course while others claim that it was because life in the City had become too routine.
Either way, life in the desert is harsh, with no access to the facilities that we used to take for granted and no one to help when things go wrong or when we get sick and start to fall apart.
Now some have decided that they can’t take it here anymore and are heading back to the City.
Not all of us are going back, though. Some of us remember why we left and what it would mean to return. For us, there is still a purpose in these tough conditions. Now we have a sense of place and belonging. We have a life to build and we have our own stories to create.
This is one of them.