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The Last Hope

Finding Hope in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Afsal ShajiPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
The Last Hope
Photo by Ron Smith on Unsplash

The sun was setting over the small town of Oakville, casting a warm glow over the streets. Anna sat on the steps of her porch, watching as the last rays of light disappeared behind the mountains in the distance. She couldn't help but feel a sense of unease. It had been weeks since the news of the pandemic had reached their small town, and since then, things had been different.

Anna had always been a cautious person, but now she was constantly on edge. She had heard the rumors of the virus spreading rapidly, and she had seen the fear in people's eyes. The town was on lockdown, and everyone was advised to stay indoors as much as possible.

Anna's husband, Tom, was a doctor, and he had been working tirelessly at the local hospital, trying to treat the sick. Anna worried about him constantly, but she knew that he was doing everything he could to help.

As she sat on the porch, Anna heard a loud noise coming from the street. She got up to investigate, and as she walked towards the road, she saw a group of people huddled together. They were all wearing masks and gloves, and they looked scared.

Anna recognized some of her neighbors among them, and she walked over to see what was going on. They told her that the hospital was overwhelmed, and there weren't enough beds for all the sick patients. The town was running out of supplies, and they were afraid that they would soon be facing a shortage of food and water.

Anna felt her heart sink. She knew that things were bad, but she hadn't realized how bad they had become. She walked back to her porch, feeling helpless and alone.

As she sat there, lost in thought, Anna heard a noise coming from the bushes at the edge of her property. She got up to investigate, and as she approached the bushes, she saw a small boy hiding behind them. He looked scared and alone, and Anna's heart went out to him.

She walked over to him and asked him what he was doing there. The boy told her that he had been separated from his parents during the chaos that had erupted in the town. He didn't know where they were, and he didn't know what to do.

Anna knew that she couldn't just leave the boy there. She brought him inside and gave him some food and water. As they sat together, Anna realized that this little boy might be their last hope.

The next morning, Anna went to the town hall to see what could be done to help. She found a group of people who were already gathered there, trying to come up with a plan. They were all worried about the future of the town, and they knew that they needed to work together to survive.

Anna spoke up and suggested that they start a community garden. They could grow their own food, and it would be a way to bring people together. The group agreed, and they started working on the garden that day.

Days turned into weeks, and the community garden flourished. People worked together, and they were able to provide fresh produce for the town. They also started sharing resources, and everyone worked together to make sure that everyone had enough to eat and drink.

The little boy that Anna had found became a symbol of hope for the town. He had brought people together, and he reminded them that they were all in this together. The town slowly started to rebuild, and people began to look towards the future once again.

Anna realized that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. The little boy had shown her that, and she knew that they would be able to overcome anything if they worked together.

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Afsal Shaji

story teller from india

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