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Jonathan recalled last night’s game; the violent collisions, the hateful baying of the Houston masses, the broken bones of team mates and opponents alike. Jonathan spoke with Smitty afterwards. The old man talked of the devastated city of Philadelphia, once a thriving metropolis before a corporation called Federal Government put millions in camps to quell civil disobedience.

Smitty had seen athletes compete for clubs that took their names from birds and animals. Jonathan saw a bird once, on the Energy Corporation estate. Perhaps it wasn‘t real, just a replica. Jonathan smiled weakly as he remembered the miraculous creature in flight.

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    Brandon Sutton about 3 years ago

    A very well written drabble that creates the atmosphere and drama of the state of the world in this story excellently. Good job!

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thank you, Brandon. The drabble was inspired by a favourite film of mine.

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    Frenchie about 3 years ago

    I liked it. Good write :)

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    I appreciate the kind words, Frenchie; thank you. :-)

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    Drew Martyn about 3 years ago

    Brilliant, atmospheric and chilling - I loved it!

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    Richard Charles Davidson about 3 years ago

    Interesting significance between post game and post civilization. Great Drabble once again.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thank you Drew, thank you Richard. Always a pleasure to hear your thoughts.

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    Bryan Thomas about 3 years ago

    Good stuff!

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Glad you liked it, Bryan! :-)

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    Drew Martyn about 3 years ago

    A well deserved DOTW, also happens to be my favourite.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Cheers, Drew and thanks to everyone who read and voted for this story to make it Drabble of the Week #29! :-)

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    Kate Gowers about 3 years ago

    So what was the film it is based on?

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Rollerball (1975).

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