Rating: Work Safe
Word Count: 353
Prompt: You know, a little dark, a little gloomy. And, as always, hey, full of dead people. What are you gonna do? ....Hades wk 16 for a_muse_meme
The Silence of Death
A sliver of bright white light broke from behind a jagged mountain top. The snow crusted peek sparkled as the star rose higher. The darkness of night in the valley was replaced by the first shadow of the day, cast by the single star as it had day in and out for eons. Fog twined between the few scraggly trees, their limbs stripped of bark and leaves that had survived the heat of the blast that had leveled the rest of the forest.
As the heat of the sun cut through the mist, a scrap of brightness fluttered on the breeze. The other colors that had made the flag had been charred away. Besides it a skeletal hand, the bones blacked by soot and seared flesh, gripped a useless gun. The weapon’s barrel warped by the heat that had killed the man who’d used it to kill half a dozen of the enemy.
No scavengers braved the field of death. No flies laid their eggs in what little meat was left on the bones of the dead. The silence was deafening as the sun climbed higher into the sky.
Then a cry of pain tore through the oppressive quiet. Another scream, this time filled with rage and loss echoed from one side of the battlefield to the other bouncing off the valley walls. In the middle of a sea of corpses, a man struggled to his knees. His clothing was nothing more than ribbons of blackened fabric.
But unlike his clothing, there wasn’t a scratch on the man. As he climbed, naked to his feet, his dark hair blew away from his face. He raised a hand to shade his fever bright blue eyes. A trail of tears ran down his cheeks.
“You idiots!” He screamed to the heavens. Kicking out, he sent a soldier’s helmet skittering across the scorched earth, noticing too late that the man’s head was still inside of it. “Dead, all of you dead!”
Captain Jack Harkness glared at the carnage around him, and started walking. He prayed that he’d find someone left alive before the sun went down.