Even before the Dust came, they had protection runes on the old factory.

Then, it was because the cops looked poorly on unlicensed spell-work.

Early-Dust, they painted protection over all of it: Red lines for a spell of clean air. Potions poured on brick to make it impervious. Orange lines of warmth, comfort.

Inside, they added blankets and cots, cleaned & repaired windows, swept out years of grime.

Outside, CJ repeated the runes for safety & murmured ancient words-making the~

~hideout a refuge for all.

That done, gas masks on, they moved towards the neighborhoods: potions poured on roads to clean groundwater, runes of protection sprayed on intersections, spells of "let us breathe" cast down the yellow lines.

A cop stopped CJ & she panicked—’til he handed her fresh spraypaint & took up guard. “Protect,” he offered. “And serve.”

They made sure the police station was within their blue line, the spell that said LIFE.

And still they worked outwards.


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@aldersprig I really love this setting. It feels really truly sci-fi post-apoc, but the magic gives it a wildly different feel.

@vicorva *smile* Thank you! (Also thank you for listening to my 🎣 fishing for comments 💚 )

@aldersprig Lol, it's okay! I'm glad you were fishing, it alerted me to the existence of your microfiction!

@vicorva So this amuses me so I'll share it: I chose to say "cop" rather than "police officer" for character count (like the one named character is Cj) and that changed the feel of the story.

Tho I didn't want to call it a cop shop.

@aldersprig could take a note out of #TerryPratchett's #Discworld and call it a Watch House. :)
Loved the story :) Thanks for sharing, and
@vicorva thanks for boosting. :)

@FiXato @vicorva oh good call, that's less characters! I had to WORK to get this one in 2 toots.

I'm glad you liked it! :-D :D

'precinct' would probably have worked too, though I guess technically it would've been a 'precinct *house*'.

I agree btw that 'cop' gives it a bit different feel; less formal, I think. Can't decide whether it makes it sound friendly, or rather less trustworthy...

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