Friday, March 1, 2013

Glory Days


In the After Times there was no shortage of discarded reminders of an advanced way of life forever gone. Entertainment was scarce too, so the boys took what they could get. That entertainment today consisted of Tad and Jake watching the strange old man scurry about the technological midden heap below. 

The focus of the oldster’s efforts was a large hunk of rusted metal the boys had been told was once called an “automobile”. Such things had been rendered entirely useless by the massive electromagnetic pulses of the Final War. Clearly, the old man, it seemed, refused to accept that.


This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction prompt based on a photo by Beth Carter.

17 comments:

  1. Makes me wonder what kind of transportation is used in the After Times. Nicely done!

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  2. Things that don't require any sort of electronic assistance

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  3. no shortage of discarded reminders of an advanced way of life

    I am interested in the idea that this car represents an 'advanced' way of like. Or any car.

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  4. I like this vision into the future, including the complacency suggested. Good work.

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  5. An life moves on but the memories last for ever.

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  6. A world of humans trying to adapt to a new way of life where they have to work, suffer hardship and learn new ways. Not a scenario to please today's tech savvy youth. Nicely done.

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  7. I like this! Maybe it's because I'd be like the old man. :-) And I love the midden heap, which adds to the ancient feel of the piece since midden heaps to us are from the Middle Ages. The story flowed really well.

    janet

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  8. Oh yes, I like this take on the post-apocalyptic pulse, kind of a la "Dark Angel" which took place in "After the Pulse: Seattle.
    Nicely rendered,
    Laura

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  9. I like the feeling this piece evokes. It has a journalistic flow to it. nice work.

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  10. Dear Jeffrey,
    A rather hollow wind of what the future could hold blows through your well written story.
    Shalom,
    Rochelle

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  11. The Final War, as if.
    I liked your sci fi take great 100 words.

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  12. Nice start to a sci-fi story. Is there hope for these boys?

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  13. love apocalypse stories!

    Yep - no more computers and transistors, wonder if the simple old motors with carburetors would still run. They might be able to make a go cart.

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  14. Is this old man persistent, or foolhardy? Either way, I enjoyed this. Post-apocalypse stories always get my creative juices flowing.

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  15. Ha - Jeffrey love the Sci-Fi angle and the determination of one "old guy"

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  16. Of course, that begs the question of how the survivors get from place to place. Seems like a prequel might be in order! :)

    Nicely done.

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