#MenageMonday, week 48

Winner, Honorable Mention! http://www.caramichaels.com/defiantlyliterate/2012/09/25/menagemonday-winners-week-48/

Prompt: http://www.caramichaels.com/defiantlyliterate/2012/09/24/menagemonday-challenge-week-48/

Even the granite was worn out, she thought. Each footfall rang throughout the valley as her boots crushed gravel into pieces of sand. They’d come to this place, where the signs had always been easiest to read, and the elders had sent her off alone to answer the only question that mattered anymore. In truth, she saw nothing here she hadn’t seen everywhere else, but how could she tell them that?

It had never been that hard, seeing the future, and she’d always wondered why everyone else couldn’t see what had always been so obvious to her. But the days of billions of humans were long gone, and the dozens of faces awaiting her return to camp were all that remained.

She had walked much longer than necessary, looking for the right thing to say. They’d ask her what the signs said of the future, and she would tell them “Nothing.” Let them think her gift had failed and castigate her as weak, she thought. They’d all be still as the stones over which she walked long before anyone would know she had told them the truth.

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