Flashes of Sanity #73: Shades Part 3: Cheeks

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

As a part of my one year with Flashes of Sanity celebration I will launch an event that will be the culmination of some threads in previous entries.
Good entries to have read/previous entries in the event:
Gray: A retailers dream
Baby boom
Bidding war

Shades Part 1: Failure
Shades Part 2: Breaking in

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity’s first event: Shade

Today’s entry: Shade Part 3: Cheeks


Adam looked at the 49 other kids.

”Shit,” he mumbled. His mother hated the word, that’s why he liked using it so much. He missed her already.

“I don’t want to be a hero anymore.” From the blank eyes staring at the now closed door, he guessed he was not alone with that feeling.


”We need to maximize the impact,” they had said. Too big words for Adam, but he understood them anyway. No parents.


A girl went from sobbing to crying.

”Everything will be okay,” Adam said with the knot in his belly growing bigger with every one of her tears. ”We will be okay.”

”You will save us all,” they had said.

Adam felt his own tears running down his cheeks.

Who will save us?

The door lit up once again. All the children gathered closer as the shadow stepped inside.

”Okay all you little rascals.” A thousand pinches hailed upon their cheeks. ”Lets get you out of here!”

A lollipop appeared out of nothing in Adam’s mouth and two hands pushed him out from the small room.

”What are you doing?” Adam asked.

”I am taking your place,” the grey shadow answered. A second lollipop appeared in Adam’s mouth. ”Kids should live life not rescue everyone else’s.”

”Now hurry.” the shadow looked at his watch. ”We are out of time.”

The two hands suddenly lifted Adam and threw him out.

”Run!” The shadow shouted as the doors closed.

Adam wasted no time. He got up and forced his feet forward as fast as he could.

”Mom,” he screamed. His 49 friends did the same.

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