The Nuclear Holocaust and the Little Girl
The roads are wide. The lampposts shiver. A girl called Angie wakes up.
The houses and the trees are gone. The birds and the cars have vanished.
“Does anyone know where my Mum and Dad are?” Angie calls.
“Over here,” says the desert. “Over here,” says the concrete road.
Angie sits on the concrete road and imagines a country.
It’s called Anginia: there’s a giant ferris wheel above the town hall and the people are all so happy and nobody goes to work because they don’t need to.
There’s no crime in Anginia because nobody needs to commit any crimes and there’s no sickness because the hospitals are all so good.
One day Angie is walking down Angie Avenue when she sees a girl crying, and of course she picks her up and carries her home and takes good care of her.
Soon she has a whole house full of children, all from different countries and parts of Anginia and they all play together.
In the summer Anginia falls sick. No-one can figure out why. Angie sets out on an adventure to find the Only Cure, because she was chosen for this purpose at birth by a good witch.
She sets out into the forest for forty days and forty nights, and on the forty-first day, the people receive a single drop of golden liquid, carried on an oakleaf in the wind.
And they know then that Angie has found the Only Cure, and will soon be with them once more. They prepare a great feast in her honour.
The roads are wide. The lampposts shiver.