Congress of Rough Writers February 3 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that explores the question, “What good is power?”
Jane hurries toward the house. Her throat is sore, her body aches, she’s cold. It won’t be much warmer inside, with no heat, but it’s out of the wind, and her sleeping bag awaits.
She slows near the driveway, then keeps walking. Look casual. Belong here.
People next door, working in the yard.
She can’t sneak into her house, seeing as it’s supposed to be empty.
Her head throbs. She can kill time at the library, try again later. The library’s chairs aren’t soft anymore. They can’t provide too much comfort these days, what with all these homeless people.
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