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Photo copyright Roger Bultot
Photo copyright Roger Bulltot.


This place seems like a fine spot mother, shall we rest awhile?

I’m ok. Let’s keep walking Jessie, this place reminds me of home.

Sorry mum, Donald thought it would be good for you to walk.


Was Ireland beautiful Mum? They say, only ruins are left there now.

Since that megalomaniac fool fired those warheads.


I will tell Donald to change the holographic program.

They say it will be at least ten thousand years before anyone can go back up to the earths surface.



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  1. I like this take on the prompt. I felt there was something artificial about the photo, almost as though it was computer generated. It’s the sharp edges of the walls, I think. I wonder what Jessie had done to earn a place in such a sophisticated bunker?

  2. I like that one, Michael… a post-apocalyptic treasure. Great one… Now, I jealous… I should have thought of that approach. giggles.

  3. Your story, scary as it is, opens a person’s mind to thoughts about disaster and how we’d react.

    I have a book written by a resident of Nagasaki, a doctor who happened to be at the hospital in the x-ray chamber when the bomb was dropped. The perfect place to stay safe — but when he came out there was nothing left of the main part of the city, including his home, his wife and two sons. Those who survived were streaming into the ER for care.

    His record of the aftermath is fascinating. Unaware of nuclear contamination, he opted to stay living in the city, trusting that once the worst was past, he’d be okay — and of course died of leukemia some years later. But what he did is likely what we’d all do, don’t you think? People need light. We love sunshine. I wonder if, rather than living like moles, we’d take our chances with contamination?

    1. Hi Christine – I feel for that doctor: And all who have experienced the terrors of war…
      so pleased to read your views about the story [Unseen] for if a story makes me ask questions in a good way, it is generally a Ok book or story.
      Your last sentence about sunshine and moles made me think. I do not believe that I would make a good mole, but if I were born to it, I might know no difference.

  4. This was fantastic, Michael and another sign of that, was the quality of the comments which were also fascinating and informative.
    If you asked many of us if we could survive underground, I’m sure we’d refute it. However, don’t you ever wonder about the billions working above ground in bunkers and rarely experiencing sunlight? Spending time in their rooms on electronics, rather than being out there in the real world? Unfortunately, I think way too many humans are already living an equivalent life above ground now.
    xx Rowena

    1. Rowena You make a good point about the increasing trends around electronic games etc. But perhaps that balance is different in each individual. But I am usually happiest when I am outside. It is a concern that modern life takes us away from nature.

  5. Excellent story, Michael, and a scary view on one possible future. As far as I know several countries have luxury bunkers for the rich and famous in case of disaster, war, or general unrest. I’m glad I’d never qualify for one of these.

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