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Planet of the lost (Friday Fictioneers)

January 24, 2019


Picking over the remains of the ground vehicle I find nothing of use.

Global Warming is a myth they shouted from the city high-rises… well, tell that to those of us left.

It hadn’t taken long for everything to fall apart. Mother Nature is a strong witch. She started reclaiming the earth immediately. This was once a freeway. Now…

A screech overhead sends me diving into the confines of the car. Hiding is the only option. Don’t let them see you.

Heart racing, I wait. Silence is unnerving. Another screech, softer. It’s heading away.

Gotta keep moving. It’ll be back.



This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

Word count: 100



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  1. I can’t help but be a little on Mother Nature’s side here. Nice one.

    • Thanks Iain, she’s not swayed by sides or people, and I think she’s getting pissed off 🙂

  2. Great thriller atmosphere and a message too. Just my kind of thing

  3. gahlearner permalink

    Exciting and sadly all too realistic glimpse into the future. I now want to know if the screeching comes from mutated birds or some robot ship…

  4. Or is that screeching like the drones in Iain’s novel… passing on information to the big evil at the top.
    I’m with Nature, take it over, already!

    • Thanks Dale, I have a bit of a fear about nature (I get hay fever and have an allergy to certain grass) so it’s truly a horror in my mind. Nature is not against any one person or group, she’s truly impartial in taking back everything.

  5. Jelli permalink

    Wow! that was an awesome read, had me wanting to dive into the car, too! 🙂

  6. A dystopian world indeed. The what and the why?

  7. michael1148humphris permalink

    I enjoyed reading this story, with it screeches,

  8. Dear Laurie,

    My mind went straight to Mad Max. I can feel the atmosphere and see the deserted freeway with weeds growing through the cracks. Well done.



  9. Abhijit Ray permalink

    Global warming is real. Mother Nature is angry. What is screeching above?

  10. Very convincing scene-setting. We should be afraid.

  11. You tell the story fluently, and it draws the reader in. I think there’s a longer story here in embryo.

  12. Oh.. I wander who will be the new rulers coming behind us…
    Made me think of what’s written on the mirror
    “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”

  13. The atmosphere of dread is very effective. Cataclysmic events, a strange new world.

  14. Brilliant write full of interest.

  15. Good one! Nice line… Mother Nature is a strong witch.

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