19/08/2015

WHAT GOES AROUND - a 100 word story

WHAT GOES AROUND

By the time the oil ran out and Man turned to natural power it was too late – the damage was irreversible.
The atmosphere could no longer pulverise meteors and all their cities were smashed to smithereens. Both ice-caps melted and the seas rose, shrinking the land.
 The balance of power shifted.

Now whales gather to watch humans perform, applauding their tricks with enthusiastic plumes. These humans are well-cared-for, proved by the fact that they breed in captivity, but any that try to escape are swiftly dealt with.

They’ve done enough damage already, and we don’t call them Killers for nothing.
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This week's Flash Fiction was again written for Friday Fictioneers, a group of 100 or so writers from around the world who write a weekly story prompted by a photograph on this blog -
https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/
... and for those who are following my moving saga - yes, I'm still selling furniture and still, slowly, packing! We sign on September 3rd and hand over the keys to the new owners. We are still searching for somewhere to live in England, but that's another saga!

37 comments:

  1. Indeed.. this is not unlikely scenario. A very clever take and alas I think humanity will have to pay.

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    1. Thanks Bjorn - what goes around comes around. I might not be here to see it, but I have grandchildren who may.

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  2. Brilliant, Lizy - and so sadly true of human nature!

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    1. Thanks Susan - I think we all fear for the future.

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  3. Interesting story. Did the "killers" at the end have a double meaning (referring to both humans and the killer whales)?

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    1. I'm glad someone spotted the double entendre, Lorna!

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  4. Great story, and it would serve us right.

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  5. Kind of like using the term "Savages"... who are the real killers? Love that the whales get their turn...

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    1. At least Killer Whales kill to eat.

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  6. We'll probably have wiped out the wales by then too - nit sure anything will survive us.

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    1. I suppose you're right, Patsy. Depressing, isn't it?

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  7. I liked the way you turned the world on its head here. Well done. Hope all goes well with your move.

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  8. Very clever take.
    Good story, good moral.

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    1. ce ayr - thanks for commenting. We have captive whales in Tenerife and there are constant protests about it.

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  9. Dear Liz,

    Quite a cautionary tale here. Killer humans, killer whales, killer story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle - the photo gave me instant inspiration this week.

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  10. Oh! Spectacular turn-around.

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  11. A very believable doomsday prophecy...shudder...

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  12. Lovely take on the prompt

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  13. Ha, good one! Love the turn around, and the humans preform!
    Good luck with your move, hope you find a place soon!

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    1. Thanks Yolande. I wonder how long it takes to train a human?

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  14. A clever twist. I hope the whales do a better job than the humans.

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    1. I hope so too, although power corrupts!

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  15. What a brilliant interpretation of the prompt! I would've never guessed where the story was headed. Really good job :)

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  16. Great story that takes off like a rocket and doesn't let up! Very well done and tells the inconvenient truth.

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    1. Thank you Perry - that means a lot. :)

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  17. I love the role-reversal you've got going on here. :-D

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  18. Very imaginative take. Excellent twist. Loved this.

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  19. Sounds like a good comeuppance to me!

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