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Stop to smell the roses (Friday Fictioneers)

July 26, 2018


Squinting down from her hidden place she watched them march through town, ignoring the scent of grass carried on the gentle breeze, totally absorbed in their black devices. Crimson buds and blooming canary yellows should have held their gaze. But the flowers were not seen. Glorious puffy white clouds formed shapes in the crystal blue sky.

Life was not seen.

Tonight, I would return to the city beneath the earth. To tell tales of the Abovewalkers. It’s time to take over the Above. The people here do not care for nature. They do not deserve the beauty of this place.



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

word count: 100


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  1. Hard to disagree with that assessment.

  2. To be fair, the Above Walkers do have an appreciation of metal

  3. I hope the Belowwalkers are friendly because the thought of them all pushing up through the earth at once is terrifying.

  4. Dear Laurie,

    I wonder what the people from the city below are like. Certainly they will appreciate nature more than those who “enjoy” it now. Well done.



    • Well it’s something they don’t have a chance to enjoy and one the Above Walkers take for granted. Thanks Rochelle

  5. Perhaps the Belowwalkers will help teach the Abovewalkers to appreciate what they have…

  6. I think the Belowwalkers are right.

  7. Like the change in perspective.

  8. I like this observational piece, both; on the descriptive atmosphere and the attitude of the inhabitants. Of course anyone can take over the world, no on will notice unless the event is on You Tube.
    Good flash fiction, with a nice change of tact at the end.

  9. Sarah Ann permalink

    Oops, we’d better get our heads and noses out of our phones if we don’t want to find out what’s lurking beneath.

  10. I couldn’t agree more. There is so much to love about nature in all its guises, and we spend so little time appreciating it. Worse, we exploit it for trivial reasons. Great write, Laurie!

  11. Oh! This is lovely. May the dwellers in the city beneath the earth win out! People have forgotten to stop and smell the roses.

  12. This is exactly why it has to end… unless we change our ways

  13. I like that. . .the Abovewalkers. Not all of us are that absorbed in our black devices 🙂 I love the colors of the seasons, and the changes. Maybe it’s because I’m old, and, growing up, outdoors was almost always better than indoors!

    Did you purposely change your point of view for that last paragraph? You went from third person to first person.

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