Slinking along the dark and barren hillside, pack of acquired supplies secured tight, I see movement.
Have I been caught?
I drop low, confident in my darkened out-wear, and watch the quiet, sprawling city. A flash by the edge reveals an individual stumbling past the barrier, long, unshaven white hair gleaming in the night.
I need to leave before next watch begins, but they fall.
I weigh the risks, and reluctantly return.
“Can you walk?” I ask.
They nod, startled.
“Put this on,” a shawl for their hair.
With sounds of next watch beginning, we disappear into the hillside.
© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner
April 8, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that “rethinks the hero.” Define the hero, comparing or contrasting to the classic definition. Break the mold. What happens to the hero in the cave? Is it epic or everyday? Is there resistance or acceptance? Go where the prompt leads!