Friday Fictioneers – Treasure Hunt

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Fabulous Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


Image ©Roger Bulltot. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Roger Bulltot’s permission.

Treasure Hunt

The place is heartbreakingly beautiful.

The buildings look as if they were overgrown with ivy. It’d be very romantic if it wasn’t for the eerie underwater light and for fishes swimming through broken windows. Kelp and corals create the illusion.

Regardless, I mustn’t linger. We haven’t learned to refill the Scuba gear’s gas bottles yet. Time’s of importance.

This was a hospital until sea levels rose. Syringes, scalpels, and maybe even drugs could still be here. They’d be more precious to us than diamonds. Most of the sealed material should be salvageable. It’s only been five years since Vancouver sank

(100 words)

I pledge


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73 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Treasure Hunt

    1. There’s a lot of romanticism going around with dystopian scenarios, as if everything was all prepper adventure and pioneering. I think that’s wrong, there’d be hell to pay if civilization broke down. Thank you. 🙂

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  1. Whew, I was wondering where you were — glad you came out to play!

    I love what you did with the prompt. Such an eerie picture you paint, and so desperate — I like how you squeeze in the point about how they’re lacking important skills (refilling the tanks), suggesting that there was some larger collapse that disrupted the knowledge web. Great dystopian ideas hinted at in such a short piece, with such striking visuals too – this is one of my favorites!

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    1. Lots of stress again, and that paralyzes my muse, and even my ability to read and comment. Maybe if I saw it as work and not as fun, I’d be able to handle it better under stress. 🙂 Thank you, what a great comment. I’m tickled that you like this so much.


      1. Sorry to hear you’re still so stressed out. I know exactly what you mean about that paralyzing the muse! I’m pretty stressed out too, but I didn’t do the first two flash fiction prompts this week, and this photo was relatively easy for me to incorporate into Eneana, so it was my best choice. Plus I can read my calendar: September is going to be INSANE. Better write now (for fun, not work!) while I still can… Hope things let up for you Hang in there!

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        1. It goes on and off, the job seldom is completely stress-free. Sometimes I just think I should let myself slack, but then… I love to do this, and may just live with the fact that I can’t read and review every story every week… 🙂

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          1. I don’t think anyone expects you to read *all* the stories, especially when there are so very many with FF these days. After all, not everyone on the FF story list read (much less commented) on my story. It would be a shame if you didn’t post a story just because you couldn’t *also* keep yourself to higher reciprocation standards than most other people are doing or expecting.

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            1. I *like* to read all the stories, or most of them, and I used to get around to it over the course of the week, but it’s getting mor difficult, so I’ll just have to accept it. Sure, some people never reciprocate, but most do, and I love the interaction. 🙂

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              1. I know about stress, and I know about not getting around to reading everybody’s stories. Unfortunately, I’m also finding my own writing an uphill struggle at the moment … or at least the thought of embarking on a new big project fills me with anxiety and an instant fit of tiredness. Recently I returned from a few days away, filled with enthusiasm and a new idea, but the enthusiasm has fast evaporated.
                Note that I’m only just reading last week’s stories on the day when the next prompt has been published.
                Anyway, I really enjoyed your dystopian take on this photo prompt from last week. It’s clever and suitably disturbing.

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                1. Thank you Sarah. I wish I had more time for writing–or would use the time I have better. I often only comment on the last day, or even later, too. Good luck with the new project! I find the encouraging atmosphere of the Friday Fictioneers very helpful.

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  2. I’ve read stories stating that Van will be underwater sometime between 2046 and 2050, but others say that the sealevel hasn’t risen there in 100 years in spite of the fact that CO2 levels have significantly.

    We need to be good stewards of our world and take care of finite resources. Who is to say what exactly will or won’t happen in thirty or forty or one hundred years, but I prefer to take care of the environment, not because of what news and social media says, but because it’s the right thing to do. It always has been.

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    1. This, this, and this again, couldn’t agree more.
      About the sea-level rise. Recently it’s been found that a lot more rainfall can be absorbed by the landmass than thought, that may be one of the reasons why sea levels haven’t risen more. But with the rapid melting of glaciers, the melting of the permafrost areas and so on, there’s no precise prediction what’ll happen next afaik. Vancouver does plan for rising sea levels, I know that much, they’ve done that for years now. But my story shows an extreme case. I seriously hope it won’t come to this. Half of Germany, most of the Netherlands, large parts of Russia and Florida would be gone if the maximum of 60m were reached.

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              1. Prequels. The very first story in this long series is The Recruit. At the end of each story is a link to the next. Technically, I’ve written three novellas, “The Time Traders,” “Galactic Derelict,” and “The Defiant Agents.” This story is the beginning of “Key Out of Time”.

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  3. Great story Gabi. Love the atmospheric build up, the image of the ruin almost sounding like one of those plastic castles in a fish tank! Then we turn sinister – all the medical supplies under the water … Really good stuff

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  4. What a unique and believable take on the prompt, Gabriele! Like an apocalypse, without zombies though, where you have to scrounge for supplies…
    Scary thought.

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    1. I need to push myself a bit. Friday Fictioneers really helps me to stay in the writing mood. I tend to freeze when I’m having stress (which I have often, good stress, but still…) and then just binge-watch something instead of spending at least some time with the stories I want to write (but never seem to finish outlining, LOL).
      Thank you, Kelvin.

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    1. I’m not sure where you live, I thought I read something about India in one of your older posts? From what our news here tell us, it’s very bad in South Asia, too.
      Let’s hope it’s not a prophecy. Thank you, Moon.

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      1. I live in India. It’s pretty bad already with catastrophic floods etc , so probably , sinking is only a matter of time .🙂Should actually motivate people around here to be good to each other for the remaining decades .

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  5. Sadly, I can almost picture this happening down in Texas right now. Drug dealers looking for whatever they can find to sell. Medical professionals looking for whatever they can use to save lives. Very appropo to the times we live in. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully Huston is only temporary (I’m afraid to think of what Irma might cause)–but with rising sea levels it probably will sink, too. Vancouver would, or parts of it, depending on how bad it gets.


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