Find out what ruined this couple’s holiday.


Could it get any better than this?” said Jake. He sipped his drink, then gazed across the lake at the white capped mountain. “Clear blue skies, clean crisp air. It’s as spectacular as everyone said.”

“Hon, I hate to break it to you, but we need to pack up and leave right now.”

“What?” he said, nearly choking on his cocktail. “What for? This place is perfect.”

“Apparently not. I just got a message that it’s no longer safe. They’re closing the park, effective immediately.”

“No!” Jake shook his head. “Just because some bureaucrats can’t do their job doesn’t mean they have the right to spoil our vacation. It’s the first we’ve had in ages.”

“It’s more than politics and you know it. The infestation is creating havoc. They have no choice.”

He pointed at the view. “Look at that flawless peak, delicately dusted with powdered sugar. They’re going to ruin it.”

“No, they won’t. I promise we’ll come back as soon as things settle down.”

“Right, sure we will,” said Jake. “Remember Pompeii? Completely buried. Atlantis? Sunk along with all the unicorns.  Mars? Uninhabitable. Before that it was Quirinus. That planet’s nothing more than an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.”

“Okay, maybe you have a point. We still have to leave.”

“I suppose,” he said, gathering his belongings. “but this place better still be here after the fumigation. Damn humans. Every time we think those parasites are gone they spring up out of the ooze like a virus.”


Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Wolf Dawn and Star Touched.

Wolf Dawn 13


Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers. But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.






Startouched AL Kaplan


Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends and herself.

About A. L. Kaplan

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2 Responses to THE MOUNTAIN

  1. Wow. Timely piece, Amy, and like all excellent flash fiction, you saved the surprise for the last paragraph.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. A. L. Kaplan says:

    Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed


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