Flash Fiction #35

Fishing boat






Walking On Water

Mischa had made his living fishing this little inland sea all his life, and his ancestors had done so for untold generations, back into the mists of time.

First the water had got thick, and saltier, then the fish had all but disappeared.  Now it was the sea itself which was disappearing.  The little cottage where his parents had raised him was now half a kilometer from the new shoreline.  His fishing boat sat stranded on the mud flats.

He recently met a group of outsiders, “scientists”, studying the Aral Sea.  One had taught him a new term – Global Warming.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and used the Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

23 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #35

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Archon,

    At least he won’t have to worry about sinking.




  2. Dear Archon,

    Scientists. Hm. I wonder how that’s working for him.




  3. Sarah Ann says:

    Knowing the cause won’t help Mischa to catch any more fish. Well told, in that I leave asking, what can be done to help?


    • Archon's Den says:

      Actually, like the mighty Colorado River, which almost disappears because the water is pumped to keep Los Angeles wet, the Aral is diminishing because it’s being used for agriculture, to feed more people. Sadly, a nice war, or famine, or pandemic would refill it. 😦


  4. Good story, Archon. A while back I read the Aral Sea was beginning to get more water lately. Maybe the trend will reverse. Let’s hope so. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


  5. Margaret says:

    Terrific – the global made personal. A wonderful story with a punch.


  6. BrainRants says:

    Archon, you’ve gone political! Good story with a good ‘so what.’


  7. aFrankAngle says:

    This doesn’t seem Archonian … must be an imposter … so it must be as much fiction as global warming … oh my … I couldn’t resist.

    PS …. did you get my email?


  8. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Archon’s Den, I really don’t think we humans can possibly change the climate. How come we can go to Yellowstone and find fossils that shouldn’t be there or if you watch NOVA, they showed slices of the crust of the earth which has many climate changes. I don’t think there were cars or factories millions of years ago. I could be wrong – but I don’t think so. Nan 🙂


    • Archon's Den says:

      I prefer the use of the term ‘Climate Change’, which makes Nature/God more responsible than man, but one tiny lit match can burn down an entire block of buildings. We need to be aware of potential results of our decisions and actions. 😯

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  9. Let’s pray – and pressure – our leaders to make the necessary changes to slow this thing down – and even, hopefully, reverse it.



  10. storydivamg says:

    I hope he can work alongside those scientists in finding a solution to the problem. Many horrors are done to Mother Earth, but healing is possible.
    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  11. Hmm. I’m not sure why so many of the above comments indicate surprise that you are “political”. Maybe it’s because we’re in the wee hours and I’m too tired to note the sarcasm, but I think you’re admirably political in all the right ways…


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