Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

A quote: “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” ~~ William Jennings Bryan

I’ll start with a story …


The Seniors didn’t hesitate. The signal had been clear. The City Men, those grey souls who traveled the land to trade for the food they couldn’t grow, the livestock they couldn’t raise, had worked their resentment into a seething rage.

Free Peoples knew and prepared. Even as final word was carried to our home, we had already packed our horses, the wife arming the children as I collapsed our home and poisoned the crops.

When they arrive to capture this small settlement, it will be empty. And dangerous.

They have always underestimated us. Our numbers, our will.

They’ll learn.


Now, it’s your turn.
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  • Navig8r says:

    “Back from overseas I see. Army good to you?”

    “Fair. Colorful load there. Owners behind you on the trail?

    “No, survivors been in jail for 5 months. Just cleaning up.”

    “Guess I missed that story.”

    ” ‘member them hippies that were gonna build a commune and live off the land above timberline?”

    “That was a giggle.”

    “Their friends took’em supplies until the snow flew. Everybody figgered they came down then and went back where they came from. January, some extreme skiers saw movement, so SAR went in to check on them. Turned out they were violating their vegetarian principles.”

  • Leigh Kimmel says:

    America had been built by pioneers, Reggie Waite reminded himself. From his Pilgrim ancestors who landed at Plymouth Rock to the 49ers who’d gotten themselves a pick, a shovel and a mule to hunt gold in California, they’d all sought new lands and new opportunities. Shepardsport was the latest iteration of that process, extending American settlement to the far side of the Moon.

    And now that settlement was becoming more than just an outpost of pioneer spirit. With the Flannigan Administration’s latest actions, he could no longer hold Shepardsport aloof from what was happening at the bottom of Earth’s gravity well.

    Would some future historian consider everything he’d done to this day, from flying off carriers in the Energy Wars to entering NASA’s astronaut corps and coming up here to take command of America’s Farside outpost, to be but prologue to this moment? Would future generations see all those events as mere training, building toward this critical moment, this critical test: when the moment came, would he step up to the plate?

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