You have 150 words in which to write a story with the following line in it somewhere:
This was a matter of life or death.
By Neel Anil Panicker
There was nothing to see. Almost. His eyes roughly made out the ever darkening silhouette of a sky that looked any moment it would crash into ‘Killer’ Shanks.
‘Killer’ because the Valley had swallowed over a 100 lives. And the year had just begun!
Behind the steering wheel, Rags’ mind lay moored in blank mode.
Despite the cold outside, he found himself sweating.
His turned to his left. Ashima lay curled up, her hands clasping his thighs, totally lost to sleep.
The medicines were at work.
Rags checked his watch. Twenty minutes to two. Time was ticking away.
‘We need to start the operation at two. Otherwise…’
The doctor’s words rammed into his skull.
He turned on the ignition. He had to go. There was no other option
This was a matter of life and death.
Left or right? He took the left hoping it to be right.
Word count: 149