Flash Fiction #77


PHOTO PROMPT- © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


No wonder her husband’s company had been so generous to get him to move, and become the branch manager in China, the financial world’s new engine.

The company had arranged and paid for the move. The pay and perks were fabulous.  They had everything they needed – except clean air.  Hubby’s limo and office were both filtered, while she and the children didn’t dare to go outside.

This was the way the world would end, with neither a bang nor a whimper, but with a hack and gasp for breath.


Got to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

23 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #77

  1. Danny James says:

    Scary possibility. But look at China now. Well…it is pretty hard to see, 🙂



  2. Dale says:

    Well done – such a scary reality, I mean possibility!


  3. BrainRants says:

    Sounds like Los Angeles.


  4. Jim Wheeler says:

    Chapter 2

    “Honey, come look at this. The stream in back of the house just caught fire!”


  5. draliman says:

    I can totally see this happening. The smog over some cities has reached dangerous levels. Nice piece.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Have you heard about the Chinese ‘performance artist’, who walked about Beijing with a battery-powered vacuum cleaner- you ‘Hoover’ in Britain, but what’s the equivalent noun? – for 100 hours, and formed a brick from what he removed from the air? 😯

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      • draliman says:

        Wow, that’s scary.

        (“Hoover” is both noun and verb – Hoover was one of the first and is still the best-known brand of vacuum cleaner, so it fell into popular usage as any sort of vacuum cleaner.)


      • Archon's Den says:

        Thanx for a new Briticism. I knew about Hoover, like Kleenex, or Aspirin, they were first. I’ve heard and read Hoover as a verb many times, but as I was composing that comment, I suddenly realised I couldn’t remember encountering the noun form. 🙂


  6. Amy Reese says:

    Great take and a reality for some in China.


  7. hugmamma says:

    Great piece for what’s currently happening in China. I wouldn’t want to be there…for all the money in the world.


  8. Margaret says:

    I spent a month in China a few years ago and your story brought back memories. I was so glad to get back to my Australian blue skies. A sober ending to your story – I hope we clean up our act before we whimper to our ending.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx for stopping by.
      I published a post about my city and the surrounding area called ‘Location, Location, Location’, and mentioned many of the good things we have here. Until now, I hadn’t thought about clear air and lack of pollution. Sadly it comes with loss of manufacturing jobs, but you can breath deep while standing in the Unemployment line. 😉

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      • Margaret says:

        I’ve just visited that post. Your home city sounds like paradise. I think one knows when one has found home. It’s sad indeed if clean air comes at the price of jobs, but well functioning lungs are not to be sneezed at. (Is that a mixed metaphor?)


  9. Cough, cough .. Good imagery.


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