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How quick the end came (Friday Fictioneers)

September 29, 2022
PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

After the massive solar flare lantern usage skyrocketed. Candles too. Torches soon ran flat. Batteries were impossible to find. It wasn’t just that the power went out. All electronic devices became obsolete without the ability to recharge them and diesel-powered generators died when the supplies did. Those that required hospital care perished. Personal attacks started as soon as the power went out – long before food and water did. Transportation was impossible. Then the bullets ran dry.

So fast were we to destroy ourselves.

Within weeks the electromagnetic interference settled enabling power to be restored.

By then it was too late.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

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20 Comments
  1. Some will survive, no?

  2. Dear Laurie,

    These thoughts have crossed my mind more that once. Terrifying prospects.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  3. We do like a panic, and aren’t big fans of patience these days.

  4. michael1148humphris permalink

    I agree with your story, the media I think likes use to panic, it creates news for them to report

  5. If only we remembered how our cave men forebears got round this problem, perhaps they were the survivors of a a destroyed advanced civilisation. But then again your story tells us that humans today maybe technologically advanced, but are still selfish animals underneath. Just going along with your theme. You have shown me a dark and possible scenario.

  6. Yep… true that. Imagine, if we go all-electric with vehicles… just saying. I think we’ve become too dependent on electronics. Why I study history and practice “old” arts. I often go days without the use of electric in my home (beyond the fridge). When the EMP wave happens, I’m gonna laugh at all those who have no clue how to survive without. hehehe! Forget waiting, I’ll laugh now! 🙂 ❤

  7. Technology is wonderful until it fails. Some folks could not sew on a button. A thoughtful piece, Laurie.

  8. Fascinating! One of my more morbid musings is to wonder how criminal and depraved the world would become if we knew the planet was coming to an end… this story explored all of that so very well! Nicely done.

  9. Laurie, this story feels more like a vision than fiction. I really don’t think it would take long for things to fall apart. Scary scenario!

  10. If we survive this kind of catastrophe, we’ll probably die of sheer fright that it will happen again 🙂

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