Crimson Snow is a dystopian short story by Meghan O’Flynn that I liked especially for several passages of description. Here is one example that occurs in the first few pages and led me to say “Wow, I wonder if she continues this type of writing throughout the story?”
“Hidden behind clouds, the rising sun bleached the heavens a pale, sickly gray and turned every barren tree into a slash of black against the dusty sky, as if a bear had torn the tapestry of the horizon with razor-sharp claws.” (Kindle Locations 32-34).
Maverick was a survivor. An ex-military type who had survived many dangerous missions and situations, he was left with a negative perspective on many things when he thought about them. But he didn’t think about them. Maverick relied on instinct. His “philosophy” might vary in words but it boiled down to “No thoughts. Only action. Action was his only hope.” (Kindle Locations 285-286). His wife, Cristy, had a different viewpoint. No matter the action, there was something good in everything. She may have been right, but she was also dead. Maverick was left alone to survive in a severely altered world.
Maverick wasn’t sure what had happened or what was carrying the sickness that killed everyone in the town of Green alley. As far as he knew, Maverick was the last resident left. He, Cristy and Cristy’s brother Larry had moved to the semi-isolated area to become one with the land. That same quality of remoteness now made Maverick a kind of prisoner. He might make it to the next town of Crystal Bluff; he might find some food, or he might be captured or killed by the soldiers responsible for keeping the infected people inside a quarantine area.
It was time to lock the door to his house (checking the lock twice) get his few possessions together and begin the eight-hour trek to Crystal Bluff. He would succeed as he always had if only he didn’t stop to think about it.
No thoughts. Only action.
This is an interesting short story that left me with a question. Does the ending of the story reflect Meghan O’Flynn’s view of life? I will be sure to read more of her work while I wonder how much of this is pure creative fiction and how much of it is an author’s point of view. I gave this four Amazon stars plus because of the powerful descriptive terms used when painting pictures of nature.