Stories are sneaky. They can seem to be

Stories are sneaky. They can seem to be about one thing while sending an entirely different message to the reader. That different thing is sometimes called the plot, Sometimes it’s called the theme.
I call it the focus, that thing that was in the writer’s mind while crafting the story and it can be no more than an emotion. But the reader will pick up on it.
I sometimes write dystopian stories. Down From the Mountain is one such story. It ends with a group of people setting out to eradicate all of mankind except themselves. Survival of the fittest. Us or them. A universal theme and one I didn’t know I had in me until I was finished with the story.
Writing can be scary. I can make you look at yourself closer than you’d wish.

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