Nature’s Way – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the 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 ©Jan Wayne Fields. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Jan Wayne Field’s permission.

Nature’s Way

In fiction, foreshadowing is prevalent. Bad weather predicts bad events, sunny skies illustrate happiness or freedom. In reality, nature couldn’t care less about our feelings.

Today is a glorious day with a wide open sky. Today I left the lab for a long hike; the first hike in three months, months spent with my baby: my little clump of RNA designed just so. Now it’s all grown up and ready for the world: my little airborne super-virus.

Today is the darkest of days for humanity: today we all die.

The planet’s saved. Life will go on. That’s nature’s way.

(100 words)

I pledge


I’m sorry for such a gloomy story for such a nice picture.

And I want to add that the narrator is a mad person and has nothing to do with me. 🙂 Just so you know…

Go check out the story behind it over on Rochelle’s site if you haven’t seen it yet.


75 thoughts on “Nature’s Way – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. People talk about saving the planet by getting rid of people entirely, completely ignoring the ecological vacuum that would be created. Either killing off all man kind would ruin the planet, or the planet is just another lump of rock in the sky to which “saving” is meaningless.

    Oops. Tripped over my hobby horse. Pardon me while I dust myself off.

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    1. Yeah, I’m not one of these people, the narrator is a mad person.
      The planet wouldn’t miss us at all. It didn’t miss the dinosaurs. It didn’t miss the other human species that went extinct before us. It doesn’t miss the many species that go extinct because of us. We miss them, not the planet. Ecological niches are filled quickly. I’ll spare you a lecture, but sooner or later we’ll go extinct anyway unless we find other planets to live on. When we’re extinct, we won’t be there to see what happens, so we won’t care. If someone else does… who knows?

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    1. Ah no, I don’t think you’d wish that. 🙂 Who knows what would happen once that super virus has no more humans to kill. Maybe it would kill other species… We belong on this planet, but we need to grow up and understand how fragile it is. Thank you.


    1. Thank you, Dale. 🙂 I had previously read about that Incel movement, in connection with the murders in Toronto. At first I wanted the mad scientist to kill all men. Then I thought, there are many good men out there, despite these haters–can’t do that. So I decided to have the mad scientist kill us all.

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    1. Thank you Irene. I guess it depends on the design. A natural virus would mutate and possibly spread to other hosts. A hypothetical super virus that has the ability to wipe out a whole species would have to be extra virulent and extra stable to overcome possible resistance. So maybe it couldn’t mutate and jump to other hosts.

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    1. Yeah, I know, right? This one in particular came from reading about that murderous guy in Toronto and the woman-hating group he supposedly belongs to. At first I wanted the mad scientist to kill all men, then thought about all the good ones out there and decided to have the mad scientist kill us all. Thank you.


  2. I’m glad you clarified that you are not the narrator 🙂 Not that I thought for one moment…
    However gloomy you feel your story to be, it is true that life and nature will go on. But I do get the sense your narrator has definitely been in the lab too long and takes saving the planet a little seriously maybe. There has to be a way to do it without killing all the humans. Great story.

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