Aphelion Issue 239, Volume 23
May 2019
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by Denny E. Marshall

Jeri and his friend Bud were exploring outside of town, and found an outlet that looked like a drainage pipe, large enough in diameter for a person to stand up in it.

Bud had a flashlight, so they decided to see where it lead. Both Jeri and Bud noticed how smooth the interior of the pipe was, compared with other drainage pipes, which are usually corrugated. They reached a dead end: a large metal object blocking the path, almost the same diameter as the pipe, with less than a centimeter of space between the interior of the pipe and the object.

Jeri squinted to see the writing stamped into the object:"Ashley Munitions Company Model No. 187431 Serial No. A-8-4119-B8".

Jeri and Bud decided that it was time to leave.

From behind the object they faintly heard a voice say, “Fire!”

2018 Denny E. Marshall

Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction published. One recent credit is fiction at 50-Word Stories Fall 2017. See more at www.dennymarshall.com.

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