Flash Fiction #91


PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll


Mankind is a blight upon the face of the Earth. I believe the line in The Matrix which says Humanity is like a virus.

This was a nice little town, until someone drilled a large-bore water well. Even then, it was happiness and prosperity for thirty years – till the aquifer went dry.

Then there was no more water for drinking or manufacturing. The water-dome collapsed, the soil compacted, and entrances at ground level, now needed ladders to get up into.  People moved away, plants and animals died, and the town, with its proud history and spirit, died with them.


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


19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #91

  1. oldentimes says:

    great commemt on mankind’s profligate waste of resources.


  2. Thom Carswell says:

    The most destructive animal on this planet yet we fool ourselves into believing we’re the most evolved. Another good story!


  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Intriguing … the virus analogy is thought provoking.


  4. Sad story! Alas, too true, I fear!


  5. gahlearner says:

    Sad and true. Subdue the earth and dominate it. And when we’re done with this, we’re done.


  6. We have many abandoned mining towns in rural Nevada where the gold dried up and so did the towns. This photo could be of any one of them. It’s strange to me how a town can just disappear. Good piece.


    • Archon's Den says:

      We have ghost towns here in Ontario, more of them than I had imagined. Most of them are in the hard-rock area of Northern Ontario. Company towns, now abandoned, about half from mining – iron, copper, cobalt. The rest, logging towns of pulp and paper conglomerates. The resources didn’t completely disappear, but obtaining them is now economically unfeasible. 😯

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  7. BrainRants says:

    The Matrix … one of my favorites. Nice story!


  8. Margaret says:

    I liked The Matrix, too. That and Bladerunner are my two favourite sci-fi movies ever. Your story demonstrates the notion of the ‘human virus’ very well. We take what we want from the earth and refuse to consider the long term effects.


    • Archon's Den says:

      When you’re up to your ass in alligators, it’s difficult to remember that your original plan was to drain the swamp. 😳

      I made sure to read Philip K. Dick’s book, before I saw how much/little the Bladerunner movie resembled it. 🙂

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  9. Mike says:

    And here comes fracking to add to the list. So till we move out to the planets heaven help nature.


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