01/02/2018

CHANGING ATTITUDES - a 100 word story


CHANGING ATTITUDES
 Last month I would have fought for that tree, tying myself to its trunk to defy the chainsaws, but that was before the disaster. Now I’ll fight for my share of the logs, for without fire how can I feed my child and keep the night terrors at bay?
We don’t know what happened – without media there is only rumour and fear. Already barter has replaced cash, every supermarket has been looted, food rots in powerless freezers, and farmers patrol their livestock and crops with shotguns.

I never imagined the time would come, but today I killed a chicken.
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If I manage to post this it will be a miracle! On Monday I had a message on my laptop that Adblock had crashed, taking with it Google Chrome, my browser of choice, and clicking on the 'balloon' as instructed did nothing to fix it. Firefox, my standby, has also crashed, and uninstalling Chrome then reinstalling it didn't work either. So here I am, struggling with Google Search - can't get a Toolbar, or a Bookmarks bar, and it's all guesswork to a technophobe, so bear with me!

38 comments:

  1. A futuristic tale with terrifying connotations! Well written, as always, Liz.

    Susan A Eames at
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  2. Good for you, coming up with a good story whilst struggling with all those technical glitches. Good luck.

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  3. A futuristic chiller, which always appeals to me. But what I really liked was your insight that morals change in the light of changing necessities, and that applies in any world

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    1. Thanks Neil for picking up on my main point.

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  4. Well, despite all your woes, you not only managed to get out a story, you got out a really good one!

    P.S.... how long do I have to wait for Book 2? ;-)

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    1. Thanks Dale. Delighted you've read book one! Book two is in progress, which would be faster if moving Mum and tech problems didn't get in the way!

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    2. So cool! (I left a review both on Goodreads and Amazon.ca, should you be interested...) I loved the book!

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    3. Thank you so much! I shall track them 1st own when my computer comes home!

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  5. Thanks for posting despite the hassles.
    Frightening because it’s so believable.
    Beautifully imaginative story, Liz.
    Hope your browser hassles get fixed soon.

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  6. Not the chicken! A lot of lifestyle choices are not available to many - a sharp shock would force a lot of people to make some difficult choices!

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    1. First the chicken - next a sheep?

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  7. well written post apocalyptic tale - which in its own way, was simultaneously ringing true for you .... eeks! hope you got the techno glitches worked out and I enjoyed the different approach you've taken in your story interpretation :)

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    1. Haha! My own problems don't quite match these!

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  8. A dystopian tale that throws up so many moral/ethical dilemmas. Brilliant.

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    1. Thanks Anurag - I looked up dystopian last week so I feel very well educated now!

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  9. Supermarkets looted, food rotting and computers crashing! Help!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    1. Help is what I had to resort to today!

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  10. Excellent story. You build up well to the climax of the last line. I hope your MC and her child make it!

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    1. They will - if she can wring a chicken's neck she can do anything!

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  11. very well crafted dystopian take.

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  12. Dear Liz,

    Glad you broke through the electronic woes to post. A gem of a dystopian story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks. Rochelle. I hope to be back online with my laptop tomorrow, and can then read some other F. F stories.

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  13. i don't blame her. when survival is at stake, one's got to do what one's got to do. just wondering what would be next. :)

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    1. Next? In that situation a mother does all kinds of things she never expected.

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  14. Good story. All those technical problems really brought out your sense of doom! ;)

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    1. Plus the fact that I'm reading a dystopian book right now! I really shouldn't read anything while I'm trying to write 🤣

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  15. It's amazing what you can do when necessary. A great take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks Clare. Once you've cleared up after a sick child, wringing a chicken's neck is a doddle!

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  16. Congratulations on figuring out how to post your story--which is most intriguing!

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    1. Thanks Linda - posting it was the most convoluted route I took that day!

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  17. Great story Liz! I really enjoyed it. The end of the world type stories seem to blur together sometimes but you did a really good job.

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  18. The day might come, I wonder if we are ready... I think many are, but it will take some time.

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  19. Not ready exactly, but I am a practical person!

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