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To Starve (98)

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This image was provided by Madison Woods as inspiration for the Friday Fictioneers

We die slowly.

Our mothers bring scraps, our fathers weep. For us, the politicians come making speeches; they declare what is right and what is wrong. They call for money, always more money. We watch and are subdued, as they cry out, with fists of rage to wave at injustice.

From where we lay, collapsed into the earth, we see a world like ash. Dust blows over us and we close our eyes. At the last, each of us is alone.

Yet together we are millions, hungry and quiet. Is this the wasteland? Is this the promised heaven?

For more flashes prompted by this week’s photo, and to learn more about flash fiction, visit Madison Woods and explore.

Time: Pause. Play. Rewind. (101)

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This image was provided as a prompt to the Friday Fictioneers last week by Susie Lindau, guest host.

In the short leaping space that bridges one moment to the next, I realized I should have left my feet on the ground. Danger was in forward motion, not staying put. Apocalyptic possibilities only became imminent as I proceeded.

Physicists theorize that our notion of ‘time passing’ is inaccurate. Existing once is existing forever.

And maybe I could have stayed back there, in the moment before, when this moment was only the future – not a slope of time cascading. Now, I am slipping down.

I passed the point of no return. I saw it in nothing-space below, before I landed here.

For more flashes prompted by this week’s photo, and to learn more about flash fiction, visit Madison Woods and explore.