By Ekta R. Garg
Prompt: The laundry was swaying in the wind, a swing moving slowly. Coffee cups standing on garden tables and a tricycle standing by the side of the road. Other than that there was nothing. No people. No laughter. No dogs barking. Just a town without its people.
The laundry was swaying in the wind.
Do you hear that? Do you hear the music in the distance?
A swing moved slowly.
Yes, I hear it! He’s here!
Coffee cups stood on garden tables, and a tricycle stood by the side of the road.
Leave everything! He will take us to a new place with new things.
Other than that, there was nothing. No people.
Help the elderly. Help the children. No one will stay behind.
At last, the dark days are done. We will finally find peace and harmony again. We will find prosperity again.
No dogs barking.
Our animals have all died. Thank goodness he’s here before we began dying too.
Just a town without its people.
We must go with him. There’s the music. Can you hear it? The Piper has arrived. He came back for us. He fulfilled our promise and came back to lead us to new lives. We will no longer go hungry or unclothed. We will get medical help. Our homes will stand strong. Our people will prosper.
The Piper blows his pipe and the airwaves bring us his message, and we believe he will deliver us from all the cares of the world. The Piper promises to right all wrongs. He tells us he will lead us to a new life.
All hail the Piper.