Flash Fiction #284

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.
I have to run faster and faster, just to stay in the same place.

It is pleasant to recline in the lap of technology – so many things to make our lives quicker and easier – but, there is a cost to pay.  Change has been thrust upon us, occurring more and more often.

Studies show if the maze is constantly altered, the lab rat eventually goes insane – which brings us to cops killing innocent people, and schoolboys committing mass murders.  It’s not the testosterone or guns. Our easy, effortless lives are killing us.


If you’d like to join the fun with the Friday Fictioneers, go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

11 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #284

  1. James McEwan says:

    Yes, angry young men and trigger happy cops reflect an endless cycle. But how do you break the loop?


  2. Bill says:

    I read that 97% of mass shootings (defined as four or more victims) are done by men. Some things do not seem to change. 🙂


  3. 1jaded1 says:

    So sad. The latest happened in my neck of the woods.

    I always wonder what will happen if the power goes out. Hey! That reminds me. I follow a couple feeds and parts of Canada are supposed to be impacted by an outage. Just skimmed the headlines. Are you impacted?


    • Archon's Den says:

      Yep! Landline phones and Internet were gone for 22 hours. They just came back at 1:30 AM. You may notice a spike in my “Books Read” post next year – and a population increase in nine months. 😉 🙂 I was forced to talk to my family. They seem like nice people. I was surprised that the wife doesn’t work at Woolworth’s anymore. 😳

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  4. oneta hayes says:

    When there are no limits set and no obligations demanded, one cannot be free. One must have something to be free from in order to recognize freedom. To bad that most people cannot set reasonable boundaries for themselves.


    • Archon's Den says:

      As a counsellor, it may surprise you, but most people depend on someone/something else to set boundaries for them – and then many of them violate those boundaries anyway. 😯


  5. msjadeli says:

    It’s a toxic carousel of controlled chaos. You’re right in everything you say here. Only an insane person could feel sane within it (paraphrase of some famous quote.)


    • Archon's Den says:

      When lab rats are overcrowded, they start fighting and biting at each other. How could we humans be expected to do otherwise? We never hear about the bad stuff happening in little Buttcrack, Oklahoma. 😉

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