Literary Fiction Satire Stunt writing postcard fiction disaster tourism Contest Winner

We've Burned

By Todd Besant
Jun 11, 2021 · 128 words · 1 minute

Photo by Jonny Caspari via Unsplash.

From the author: A summer holiday goes awry. This story won the third prize in the 14th Annual Geist Postcard Story Contest.

We’ve burned the furniture and started on the books. Luckily there’s a small library within our palisade. The fuel trucks are still smouldering in what the map calls terra nullius. The UN is no help. We were able to clear the orphanage. The toddlers thought it a big game but the infants are not okay. Yesterday we had to repel a scavenger group near the East Gate—I think they were Australians—and one woman was helicoptered out in the night. Something’s not right, but the agent offered coupon codes for our trouble. So glad we chose the tinned goods and wild game option. The pool was not as advertised. We’ll be home Tuesday afternoon. So sorry you couldn’t come with. Next year we’ll do something family friendly—maybe Guernica or Sarajevo.

This story originally appeared in Geist # 109.

Todd Besant

Disrupting realism one writing stunt at a time.