The theme of this story: surreal conflict. The main character: lonely official. The start of the story: natural disaster. The end of the story: lecture."
Rubble. A short story by Sophie Houlden.
Edgar ached as he heaved the rubble from his path. His face was dripping with sweat, which also completely saturated his dirtied thousand-dollar suit. He was tired but hadn't seen daylight in two days and he wanted out. So he pushed on, only stopping occasionally to catch his breath. He was painfully aware that his youth had long since left him, and he didn't blame it for doing so. The past was a much better place, he didn't begrudge his youth for staying there.
With another heave the large rock Edgar was working at came loose and fell to the floor. He clumsily tried to avoid it and almost tripped, avoiding getting his feet crushed but almost breaking his hea