Thousand Years

“It’s over, Klaus.” His commander, a veteran at eighteen, blew cigarette smoke towards the scorching anti-aircraft gun. “Back to school if you can find it.”

The streetscape lay broken. Skeletons of apartment blocks remained next to others, untouched by the firestorms. Clouds of dust lingered over the debris and the burnt. Silence had set in, after a night of sirens, suffocated within minutes by endless thunder that stole the night.

Klaus stumbled past his school that was no more. Where they had screamed about the glory of a thousand years. An eternity buried under the rubble after twelve years.

Jürgen Stahl is German-Australian and has been living in Adelaide, South Australia for thirty years. He is a medical specialist in anatomical pathology and writes about the people who spend their lifetimes in the medical world. History, ancient and recent, fascinates him too. What happened in his native Germany between 1933 and 1945 is something he is still trying to comprehend, and some of his flash fiction stories reflect that. He currently works on a novel that tells a story in the world of mortuaries, drug trials, and human failure in modern medicine. Twitter: @JurgenStahl1. Facebook.