And once again Wednesday is upon us, and with it another great picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers 100-word writing challenge. As every week, this is again hosted by the tireless Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
This week, I used the prompt to do a little research that was overdue anyway. I am by no means an expert on blacksmithing, but I like to have an idea of what is possible to do under difficult circumstances. I’m asking myself–being in the dystopian-world frame of mind again–do we really go back to the stone ages if our civilization breaks down for one reason or the other? What other options are there (without the Vulcans or some other Aliens coming to the rescue)? I don’t know what I would do without the internet for researching these questions. Not writing, most likely… But enough about me.
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“You struck gold, boy. This is exactly what we need.”
“What is it? Anchor chain?”
“Something like that. It’s cast iron, can be used.”
“How do we get it to the forge?”
“We break the links.”
“Can I help?”
“Sure. Jim shows you how.”
Matt had always taken metal tools for granted and never thought he’d have to make them himself one day. Blacksmithing was hard, dangerous work. You learned fast which scrap metal was safe to use; apprentices had died from toxic fumes. But Master Gansu had agreed to take him on, Matt would learn from the best.
Featured image: "Ou Yezi make sword" by Unknown - Ou Yezi temple. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ou_Yezi_make_sword.jpg#/media/File:Ou_Yezi_make_sword.jpg