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The Bedwarmers

A micro-fiction story: apocalyptic horror

By J. R. LowePublished 10 months ago 1 min read
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With each sunrise, another pillow is found cold. We have too many beds and not enough survivors.

Housework earns my place here and when another bed is found empty, it’s my job to clean and remake it, not that any are ever filled again. This one is a single, equipped with a tattered teddy and spaceship-patterned sheets.

His name was Ollie.

My eyes dampen as I tug the linen away. I make the bed with fresh sheets and as I grieve in silence, I can’t help but wonder, who will make mine when I’m gone?

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About the Creator

J. R. Lowe

By day, I'm a PhD student, by night.... I'm still a PhD student, but sometimes I procrastinate by writing on Vocal. Based in Australia.

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  • Babs Iverson5 months ago

    Emotional & horrific!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    hmm. You got me wondering what's going on here. Great story.

  • Charlotte Flores10 months ago

    Beautiful and impressive. It made me think too. Who will make ours when we are gone?

  • Ash Taylor10 months ago

    Hello fellow aussie! Loving this entry - much like Caroline I have so many questions!

  • Caroline Jane10 months ago

    😭😭😭 Excellent microfiction.. so many questions!. Great idea for a challenge too. 👍

  • L.C. Schäfer10 months ago

    Every damn word is working its buttocks off here ❤

  • Mariann Carroll10 months ago

    Thank you for inspiring this challenge 😊

  • Paul Stewart10 months ago

    ayayay thisis great! so much story and emotion in so few words! well done!

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