Burying A Body In The Desert For Dummies

It’s hard driving in the desert at night. You can’t tell where the road is. Maybe there isn’t even a road. I can only see about ten feet.

Even without a body in the trunk, there’s a sense of desperation in the desert. I think it comes from knowing that if one of the million moving pieces in this car stopped working, I’d be stuck with no help. I keep expecting a flash of movement in the headlights, like a deer out of nowhere. Your mind plays tricks out here.

How far into the desert does one need to drive to bury a body? When you see it in the movies, it seems so easy–like there’s a GPS location “middle of nowhere body burying site.” Real life never works like the movies. Someone should write a “Burying A Body In The Desert For Dummies” book. I could use that now.

This is far enough I think. I’ve got a lantern, a pick and a shovel. Let’s do this.

Damn, this ground is hard. I’m glad I brought the pick.

The pick isn’t budging it. Try another spot.

What the hell am I supposed to do? Digging a hole in this wasteland isn’t as easy as it seems. Well, I’ve got all night. A little at a time will get the job done.

Getty Images: Steve Craft

Steve Craft: Getty Images

222 words written for the Weekly Writing Challenge: Flash Fiction

There are 35 comments

  1. djmatticus

    A creepy little tale.
    Having grown up in the desert might I offer a few suggestions for the book?
    Wait for a cloudless night, because then the moon and stars provide ample light to work by, you won’t even need the lantern which could draw attention to what you are doing.
    And, rather than burying the body, you might have better luck leaving it open to the elements – the intense heat can speed up decomp and then scavengers will help spread the rest away from the dump site.
    Also, I’ve definitely never thought about any of this before, so stop looking at me like that!

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                    1. djmatticus

                      Hah! I hate it when that happens. I’ve done that a couple times since I’ve been blogging. Wrote a post that didn’t see what I wanted it to, rewrote it when I thought I had a clearer picture in mind of where I wanted to end up, and… it came out worse. Whoops.


  2. JackieP

    Well, my next book will be about how to bury dead bodies for dummies. hmmm with pictures? now that would be interesting. But I’m with dj, the best would be to let it out in the elements, especially in the desert, will be gone in no time, not that I either give it much thought. ;-)


      1. JackieP

        Well of course! I’ll even mention you in the credits.

        “To Goldy, who gave me the idea for this book, because she needs to know how to bury a dead body in the desert.”

        hmm maybe the wording could be just a tad better LOL They’ll be thinking you have a dead body on your hands…..


  3. draliman

    I think your protagonist is starting to regret getting lumbered with the body in the first place. It just sounds like too much trouble! Tie some bricks to it and chuck it off a bridge, I say.
    If it were me, I ‘d bury the body in a huge Black Forest gateau. Or, sorry – “desert” did you say? :-)


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