A dream within a dream within a dream

Shuvo Shams
2 min readMay 20, 2023

Flash fiction

As the blazing sun hung high in the sky, casting its relentless heat upon the sandy expanse, I trudged towards the fields where I toiled each day. The grains of sand bit at my weathered skin, blending seamlessly with the color of mud that marked my entire being. No other houses were nearby, just the emptiness that stretched endlessly in all directions.

I worked diligently, tending to the crops that grew amidst the shifting sands. The beautiful grasses, defiant against the harsh environment, bloomed in vibrant hues, adding splashes of color to the monotonous landscape. With each stroke of my hand, I nurtured life from the arid soil, finding solace in the routine that defined my existence.

As the day gave way to the embrace of twilight, I returned home, my weary body craving respite. And there, standing at the threshold, was my wife, her skin the same color as mine — a testament to the earth that sustained us. Her eyes sparkled with warmth and love as she welcomed me back from the vastness beyond our humble dwelling.

Together, we marvelled at the moon that presided over our secluded world, its ethereal glow casting a luminous veil over the lightless surroundings. The absence of any artificial illumination only enhanced the beauty of the celestial spectacle, enveloping us in a serenity that few could comprehend.

But one fateful day, a tempest unfurled in the distance, a dark cloud of foreboding on the horizon. It loomed larger and…

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Shuvo Shams

Trying really hard to have one epiphany at a time in this dystopia.