Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

A quote: “The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.” ~~ Oriana Fallaci

I’ll start with a story …

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In that pearl grey before true dawn she stays abed and remembers grandfather’s stories.

He told of the city he grew up in, its soaring towers, moving sidewalks and flying cars.

“Just think,” he’d whisper, “what the future holds for you. By the time you’re grown the science outpost on Mars may be a city you’ll live in!”

Dawn breaks and she hears the call. She tucks his stories deep inside, reaches out a calloused hand to grab her hoe, throws on her burka and goes to wait for the horse-drawn cart that will take her to the fields.

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Now, it’s your turn.
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  • Cameron says:

    The elder Drisani looked around in shock at the vista before him. “This…this level of technical advancement. This is incredible. And with no outside help?”

    “None. It is why I brought you here, sir,” his subordinate replied.

    The elder was growing more confused. “This planet was wild and dangerous. We dropped the humans here because they insisted on colonizing it. How did they make so much progress in one year?”

    The younger Drisani could only shrug in response. “Apparently, they have a sacred plant called coffee that thrives on this world. It helped them build what you see before you.”

  • Dupin says:

    “This is awesome,” Broderick Masterson said. “This makes the cryogenics research money worthwhile.” The future in all its glory, including flying cars.

    “That it did. You are pleased with your new body.”

    “Yes.”

    “We couldn’t save your original body, but we did transfer your data into this new body, per your contract.”

    “Excellent. Take me to my penthouse.”

    “About that. Corporations and personal funds were nationalized during The Troubles. You will have to work. We have an open position.”

    Broderick flinched. “And that is?”

    “With your unused nubile female body, you’ll bring top dollar in the service industry sector…Barbie.”

  • Leigh Kimmel says:

    Typically the commandant of a lunar settlement might have one monitor on his desk, if he was using a desktop machine rather than a laptop.Reggie Waite had three monitors on his desk, almost as many as a lot of the people down in IT. Not surprising when one considered his own background was electrical engineering, and his secondary specialty in the Navy had been avionics.

    Right now one monitor was showing a loop of the helmet-cam video of the the event Reggie had named the Kitty Hawk Massacre. The one on the other side of the desk was showing a montage of television coverage of the response to Reggie’s recent video condemning it and demanding that whoever gave the order be punished.

    On the middle monitor was a text file — the script for the new video he would be recording later today. His earlier video had addressed NASA administration and President Flannigan, calling upon them to keep their oaths. This one would be to the people of the United States.

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