Friday Fictioneers – Dumping the Future

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © ROCHELLE WISOFF-FIELDS

Dumping the Future

The men had guns. They also had my daughters.

“We’ve had enough of scientists,” drawled one of them. “They were the ones got us into this mess.”

The one who seemed to be in charge said, “You’re gonna dump all your electrical goods, all computers, mobile phones, everything.”

“And then…?”

“Then your girls still have a father, and we won’t need to take care of them.”

“Where do you want it dumped?”

He shrugged. “Who cares?”

It took two days, but my girls are back.

I’ve missed cold beer this summer.

I hope I’ve cut enough logs for the winter.

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37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Dumping the Future

    • Dear Iain
      Thank you for reading and commenting so thoughtfully. Yes, experts are being discredited by some in power because they’re not ‘on message’. I thought the television coverage of anti-lockdown protesters in Michigan, with their guns, positively chilling.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  1. Even in the UK where the constant refrain is “we’re following the science” is nonsense. Science provides evidence that can inform decisions (though at a time when there’s still so much to learn about a new disease, the science is contested among scientists). But policy decisions about, for example, how to balance maximum containment of the virus (which means extended lockdown) against damage to livelihoods is not a scientific decision.

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    • Dear Anthony
      Thank you for reading and commenting. If by your comment you mean that we lose much richness from our lives if we rely wholly on ‘on-line’ experiences, than I completely agree with you.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading and commenting so kindly. The story was sparked by your prompt, of course, but also by photos of armed men in Michigan demanding the end of the lock-down. It really did look like a gathering of the dark forces of unreason. Colder than any refrigerator.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  2. So electronics like kitchen appliances aren’t ok but guns, another invention by humans (how are the bullets made for the guns, by hand? or by a machine run by electricity?) Those armed idiots in Lansing are zombies, directed by radio talk show hosts, FOX TV, and the Chief Idiot in DC. A dozen of them have a combined IQ of an earthworm, no offense to earthworms. I appreciate you highlighting this very newsworthy happening. Makes me cringe to be a Michigander.

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  3. Our society has turned into a “throw away society.”. It is scary at the amount of land that the dumps use. I really liked your story and this may happen in the future – hope not though! Thanks for the entertainment!

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