“Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.”
–from Jo Harjo’s “A Map to the Next World.”
Gil woke curled in a dark place, lying on her side, hearing the sound of trickling water. Opening her eyes, she felt dried crusted tears breaking loose. Her wrists were bound behind her.
“You’ve been sleeping awhile.”
The nasal, mocking, vaguely familiar voice came from a place above her. She looked up and saw a red surveillance bulb and a speaker.
“Your challenge is to get out of the tunnels. Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.”
“You win,” said Gil.
He was confused. They always cried. They always tried.
She worked the shiv out of the hidden pocket in her shirt sleeve, sawed through the binding, and waited.
Gil heard footsteps echoing.
As he bent over her, she lodged the shiv neatly in his carotid.
She let the sound of water lead her out.
top image: “Dark Cave,” by Jason Chen
Merril is today’s host for dVerse’ Prosery. Merril says:
Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line.