I Am Not Afraid

This is part twelve of the continuing saga, The Last Grain of Sand. The previous chapters are available by clicking on the link at the end of this post. This new segment is being posted to Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday. Enjoy!

Part twelve: I Am Not Afraid

John awoke at the subtle but unmistakable sound of a door closing. Dim morning light filtered into the closet-size room through the dust covered window between his bed and the bed of his fellow prisoner. The two cots were the only furnishings in the stark room, and John could reach over and touch the edge of the other man’s bed from his own cot. Dan was the other man’s name, and that was all John knew about him.

Turning his gaze from Dan to the floor, John stared at the rectangular swath of light from the window. John wiped his eyes, then sat up and looked at the window. An envelope on the window sill leaned against the dirt-streaked window. Snatching it from the sill, John read the scribbled words on the flap, and choked back a sob.

The three words, obviously written hastily with a trembling hand, were in the unmistakable handwriting of his wife, Anna.

I love you!

Tears streamed down his face.

Dan groaned, and John quickly shoved the envelope under the crumpled sheet beside him. When Dan settled back into fitful slumber, John retrieved the envelope and carefully removed the two sheets of paper within it.

The first letter confirmed what he feared most, and his anger flared as he read it; they had Anna. His anger faded somewhat and he smiled when he came to the post script she’d written at the bottom: P.S. I am not afraid. His heart soared as he read the second letter.


I am safe, and not far from you. A guard here is helping me and says she will get this note to you. It could be a trap, but it’s all I have, and I’m taking the chance. She says she and some of the other guards signed on here, knowing they would be killed or imprisoned if they refused. She says millions have been killed, most of them in the larger cities, and virtually everyone else has been put into camps like the ones we are in. I can hardly believe the horror of what she’s telling me, but I guess we both knew it was possible. It’s just so hard to believe they would take it this far. My mind can hardly comprehend the evil.

I am in a camp right next to you, and Sharon, the guard, says an escape is planned for tomorrow night. The guard who delivers these letters to you will give you the details. His name is Roy, and Sharon says you’ve already met him. He said to tell you he’s sorry; hitting you with the rifle was a reflex action.

So far, only six will be involved in the escape; you, me, and four guards. Unless you are absolutely sure you can trust them, tell no one!

I love you, John! See you tomorrow night!

P.S. I am not afraid!

To read the previous chapters of this “novel in progress”, click on the title —> The Last Grain of Sand


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    WOW!! I can hardly wait for the next installment.

  2. tashtoo said

    This is leading me to the beginning! Fantastic writing…I must read them all!

    • Oh good! I hope you enjoy the story!
      Thank you very much for the visit and wonderful comment!

  3. terri0729 said

    LoL, I’m not sure but I’m thinking these keep getting better with each new installment!! Great job, Charlie! smiles, Terri

    • That’s good, right? Just wait til it’s finished. By the time I get finished with the third or fourth re-write, it’ll be great from start to finish! (Least, I hope so any way.)
      Thanks for the great comment, Terri!

      • terri0729 said

        Ha, yes that’s good. A great book builds in suspense and intensity as you read it, just as your stories have been 🙂 silly boy!

      • Silly boy? Ain’t heard that for a few years. Like 40, at least!

  4. Abby Kelly said

    This is great and gripping! Are you the author?

    • Yes’m, I be the writer of this sordid tale. Glad you enjoyed it! Check out the first eleven chapters when you have time. They’re all short, but exciting!
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  5. ok Charles. Not only did you manage to send chills down my neck but, you put this big lump in my throat too! 😦 You get me with those words, ” I am not afraid” 😦

    LOVE this story and I hope you continue to add more chapters so we can go deeper into their lives. Completely gripping! Thank you for writing for me again! xox
    I am tweeting this!


    • Awesome! By the time I finish the novel, everyone will already know about it!
      Thanks for another perfect prompt, and thanks for the great comment!

      • well you could always keep the very last chapter secret and make everyone buy the book to find out the end! 🙂 hehe

      • I’ve actually thought about a similar plan, Kellie. I’ve considered not posting the last 10-20 chapters, leaving the readers screaming for the completion. Truthfully though, I never sepected to still be posting these continuing segments. Folks usually tire of following a story this way, but there are quite a few staying with this one. We shall see how it goes!

      • I see as posting them this way a great way to entice and tease them, like little cliffhangers… leaving them begging for more! 🙂 I def think that you should do as you said and go for it!

  6. This is great…your story brought tears and a smile of hope the next chapter will show a successful escape…you never fail to deliver a great story!!

    • Might be a few chapters down the road, Susie. Lot’s going on in this story!
      Thanks for the wonderful comment!

  7. cheri said

    i can’t even comment…i’m speechless….ok~breathing again:)
    WELL DONE MY Friend!!!

    • Read the whole story! (Please?) I think Miranda will enjoy it too!
      Thank you for the awesome comment!

  8. Mikael said

    You’re tying previous things together so nicely! I love that John actually got the letter. :’) Beautiful!

    • You can thank Kellie for the letter being delivered; her FWF prompt this week gave me the idea. I was puzzling over how either letter might get delivered. It is always challenging to keep things tied together in these multi-faceted stories, but it’s fun, too!
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  9. I’m up to date…have read them all…waiting til the next installment.
    Liked this one…
    As the World Churns…I wait.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  10. heidibarnes11 said

    It’s late and I’ve been up forever and my eyes are through focusing, but I want to keep reading!! The eyes win though. This is great! I’m glad I started when there were more chapters so I can keep reading. Until tomorrow….

    Not sure if you’re reading mine from Fridays free write, but here is the link for the beginning.


    • Thank you, Heidi. I enjoyed writing this one (it’s not finished) and I’m glad you stumbled across it.
      I didn’t know you were continuing your story, but I will print it out and read it, then come back and comment. Thanks for letting me know about it!

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