Flash Fiction Redux

I am taking advantage of our Fairy Blogmother, Rochelle’s kind offer of a respite from composing Flash Fictions.  Hopefully, some of you missed this one the first time.

Fishing boat

PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Georgia Koch

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.

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

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21 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Redux

  1. BrainRants says:

    I still like it!

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Excellent and very pertinent. I wonder what the locals do make of scientists that turn up in their remote places!

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  3. I love it.. and alas it feels all too true… happening today.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Despite the reference to ‘global warming’, it’s not the warming, per se, that’s making the Aral disappear. It’s the fact that the Russians are diverting the inflow for agricultural use.
      The mighty Colorado River no longer flows into the Gulf Of California, because several cities – mostly Los Angeles – divert huge chunks of it for drinking. (And fountains, and swimming pools, and washing cars) 😯
      My descendants live beside The Great Lakes, but elsewhere, somebody’s going to have to pay.

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  4. shimoniac says:

    I liked it then, I still like it.

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  5. Jim Wheeler says:

    altruism noun disinterested or selfless concern for the well-being of others.

    Climate change is the ultimate test of humanity’s capacity for altruism. I am not sanguine about it. Earth is now in the anthropocene era, which includes the greatest rate of extinction of species since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The over-fished oceans are full of trash and tangles of commercial fishing debris. We are breathing the gases of China’s vast coal-burning. The list goes on. I will not live to see the denouement, but it’s going to be very ugly.

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  6. I like this very much.
    Has the proper feel of a diary entry of someone who’s lived through time.
    ‘back into the mists of time.’ Brilliant

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  7. Unfortunately many think climate change is not a real thing 😦
    They may also believe the world is flat… 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      While climate change definitely exists, there is considerable debate about how much is natural, and how much is human-caused. There are those who would bankrupt The World, and take us back to being hunter/gatherers, with no proof that it would solve the problem. It becomes very like religion, with each side absolutely convinced that they are correct, and the other side is the one that believes that the Earth is flat. 😯

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