The August 1, 2022 story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to: Write a story that features someplace remote in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be a wild sort of terrain or the distance between people. What is the impact of a remote place? Go where the prompt leads! Submit at Carrot Ranch by August 6, 2022.
Alone Time by D. Avery
The bottle was old and weathered, but still. He’d just go even farther off-trail to find the unlittered, unpeopled remoteness he sought.
Time passed quickly but drinking the last of his water he realized he’d walked for miles. So he was surprised to see the discarded bottle again. Hadn’t he been walking straight away from it and the trail? Now he’d just have to walk straight back toward the trail.
When he saw the old bottle a third time his stomach lurched. This time he saw the skeleton with its grinning skull.
No one heard him laughing at himself.