Letter to Posterity – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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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 little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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

Letter to Posterity

For over a century humanity thought that it had tamed nature.

Every natural structure, every compound was taken apart, studied, and reassembled: with additions–‘improvements’—and without thought for consequences.
Now nature teaches us who really rules the planet.
Her rules are true for bacteria in a petri-dish and apply to us as well. Uncontrolled growth leads to poisioning of habitat, depletion of resources and, in the end, mass extinction.

“Are you done? Flood’s coming in.”

“Yup, just chiseled the last word. We’re high enough I think.”

“I hope so. Let’s bury that plaque and get back to the cave.”

(100 words)


I pledge

This week I’m feeling preachy…

Can flood be used like tide? I’m not sure…



72 thoughts on “Letter to Posterity – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. Unfortunately the masses follow never follow reason and moderation, and if giving up creature comforts is involved: not a chance. They’ll learn it the hard way and blame the wrong people. I’m glad you liked Iain, thank you.

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  1. I like your use of upper case and the font you’ve chosen for the text of the plaque; the choice adds to its impact, making it seem more real. And, of course, your message is very real. Nature is absolutely going to knock us on the head in the relatively near future.

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    1. Thank you Penny. I tried to change the font, but didn’t have much time. The different header formats of my theme all have a more or less copperplate-like font with capitals, so I could use that. And you’re right about nature, that’s one power that can’t be bribed.

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  2. The future can look bleak. It appears that we both saw the similar events in this week’s image. humanity and worse politicians bury their heads in the sand whilst nature struggles

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  3. What a great idea. I love how you’ve put this together. The short dialogue at the end sets the scene so well, and even the ‘flood coming in’ – not just the tide – sounds ominous and out of control.

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    1. Thank you Margaret. I just wrote it as I thought and only later realized that I might have germanized my text. In German the word Flut means both. We do have the word tide, but that’s less frequently used than flood/Flut. Making it more ominous is good. I’m glad you liked the idea. I wanted to make it a bit less preachy with the conversation. 🙂


    1. We’ve seen what extensive hunting, mass killing of migrating animals and cutting down of forests can do to the environment, it has happened in different eras of human (H. spaiens) habitation. Did we learn from the evidence? Nope… Thank you Linda, I’m glad you liked.

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  4. Thought of another beach scene while reading this: the discovery of the half-buried Statue of Liberty by the human Charlton Heston in the original “Planet of the Apes.” A moment in which he learned that humans, too, were once great.

    Your scene was powerful too, especially seeing once powerful humans relegated, like early man, to chiseling stone.

    And I think the use of “flood” was much more ominous than “tide,” and therefore more fitting.

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    1. Oh that scene, yes, that’s a really powerful one. Who knows how the world looks like in half a million years, other primates could have replaced us. Or insects. Or octopusses, or… 🙂 Thanks for the info on “flood”, I’m glad to know it’s more ominous.

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