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Burnout

Here is my story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers, the 100 word photo prompt ably hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Madison Woods.

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Copyright Madison Woods

Jedro hesitated, took a deep breath, and turned the tap. Behind him, the crowd strained to see.

Nothing.

Word spread, hope changed to resignation. Loved ones hugged. Children, confused, were gathered up by parents. The last remnants of humankind dispersed, wandering away to make their own plans for the End.

The water was gone. All of it. Jedro kicked angrily at the salt covering what had once been the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

Antimatter energy, theyโ€™d said. Unlimited power. Totally safe! Anย accident, the Earth moves a fraction of a degree closer to the Sunโ€ฆ and the world slowly boils away.

 

  1. May 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Alas, end times are nigh!
    Good story, Draliman!

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    • May 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      I’m afraid so ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      I’m glad you liked it!

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      • May 6, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        So, I’m back! I had not been writing for a few months there, and missed it.

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      • May 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        I was wondering where you were on the Fictioneers front! Good to see you back ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. May 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Sad, but it seems like this is where we humans are heading. Good take on the prompt.

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    • May 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      I’m wondering whether the end will be a big accident like this or if we’ll just destroy the planet over time…
      Glad you liked it!

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  3. May 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I couldn’t imagine…

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  4. May 6, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Oh … the stupidity.. just for a little bit more of everything we waste it all.. Very plausible actually.

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    • May 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Indeed. I can well see people pushing that little bit too far too fast without really understanding what they’re doing.

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  5. Francesca Smith
    May 6, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    A scary image indeed! Great story with a powerful message.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 7:10 am

      Thanks, it is a scary thought that something like this could happen. Humans are adaptable, but when all the water’s gone, so are we.

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  6. May 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    That is exactly how I feel about antimatter. They should be screwing around with it. When I worked at Grumman and the NASA guys, they were already trying to get out there and grab some. One of these days, they will succeed.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 7:10 am

      Hopefully not until they know how to safely handle it.

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  7. May 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    should NOT

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    • May 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

      I guessed that’s what you meant ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. May 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    So that’s how it ends.

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  9. May 7, 2015 at 2:19 am

    i hope it was just a bad dream that wouldn’t come true.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I’m hoping it’s just a flash fiction story that won’t come true!

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  10. May 7, 2015 at 5:35 am

    As Scottie used to say “Ye canna change the laws of physics”
    Good piece.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 7:14 am

      And he was right. Looks like the end is truly nigh.
      Glad you liked it!

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  11. May 7, 2015 at 7:30 am

    This made me shudder. Glad it’s fiction (for now).

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  12. May 7, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I am firmly anti-antimatter!

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    • May 7, 2015 at 8:05 am

      I wonder if “anti-antimatter” will self-annihilate? What have you done…? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. May 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Nicely written; scary story. How soon will it be true?

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    • May 7, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks! Who knows what scientists are currently fiddling with in dark and secret labs somewhere at this very moment?
      Now I’ve scared myself.

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  14. May 7, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Scary story even more so because it could so easily happen.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      It definitely could. Did they really know what they were doing during the first atomic bomb tests or did we get lucky?

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  15. May 7, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Wow, Ali, that’s scary. O_o A fraction of an inch huh. We better be very careful. Good story and well done. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • May 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      I don’t think it would take much either way to make the Earth uninhabitable.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  16. May 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Ali,

    A deeply disturbing well written bit of dystopia.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • May 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks. It’s a very disturbing thought. Who knows what scientists are currently fiddling with?
      Ali

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  17. May 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Well done Ali!

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  18. Lata Sunil
    May 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Amazing.. but something that can happen.. what with the Collider in Europe. Good one.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Yes, that project crossed my mind as well!
      I’m glad you liked my story.

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  19. May 8, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Ugh. what a way to go!

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  20. May 8, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Talk about a bad way to go! Good story! Nan

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    • May 8, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Not a nice way to die at all. Glad you liked it!

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  21. May 8, 2015 at 4:08 am

    This planet is so old I imagine it’s all been done before, just to repeat it all again. If we kill ourselves off, will it matter?
    Great story.

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    • May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

      I’m sure a new human race will eventually evolve once the planet has sorted itself out. I wonder how long they’ll last?
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  22. May 8, 2015 at 5:33 am

    ps I read the Japan quake tilted the Earth on its axis.

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    • May 8, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Crumbs. I just looked that up. That’s a scary thought.

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  23. May 8, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Awesome what you can put into a few words. Great story. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • May 8, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. May 8, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Good take on the prompt.

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  25. May 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    We won’t last long without water. A bleak and short future.
    Very well written, Ali.

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    • May 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Just two or three days without water I think, and a nasty way to go.
      Thanks, Russell!

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  26. May 8, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I hope that if scientists cause the end, they cause it in one almighty explosion, so we can all die quickly. Unfortunately, your version of things seems far more likely. Excellently written.

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    • May 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I hope so too. I’d rather not know anything about it beforehand. But, as you say, my scenario is more likely I reckon.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. May 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    A scary scenario. I almost feel guilty that I happily help sorting the data from the LHC, but only almost. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • May 9, 2015 at 5:01 am

      Wow, that sounds like an exciting place to work. Funnily enough, the LHC ran through my mind when I was thinking what to put in my story for a “world-ending” scenario ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • May 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

        Nonono, I’m not working at CERN. Everyone who is interested in science can help. There’s Zooniverse.org where you can help with many projects, from sorting LHC events to counting craters on the moon, counting wildlife in the Serengeti, or read historical letters. Scientists never can view all the data created today alone, and people have better pattern recognition than computers. You don’t get paid, but if you contribute to a discovery, you’ll be recognized.

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      • May 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        Oh, right, that’s a clever idea – sort of like crowd-sourcing for discovery. I might have a look, it sounds cool ๐Ÿ™‚

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  28. May 9, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I like it Ali. Too bad no ones listening to Mother Earth at the moment.
    Tracey

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    • May 9, 2015 at 5:01 am

      I hope someone starts before it’s too late. I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  29. May 9, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Eerie piece and I love the title. Our life is fragile and we best not take it for granted. Well done. Ali.

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    • May 9, 2015 at 5:06 am

      I’m glad you liked it! Anything could happen at any time.

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  30. May 10, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I need a drink!

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  31. May 11, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Sorry, I laughed and was rude at the end of times. I will try to maintain manners at the next catastrophe. Enjoyed it!

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  32. May 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Very bleak! It would be a horrible way to go – dying of thirst. Interesting, that humanity was once destroyed by water, a great flood, and now will be destroyed by the lack of it.

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    • May 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      I’ve heard dying of thirst is an awful death. I think the people wandering off to prepare for the end know that and won’t let it come to that (which is a pretty dark thought in itself).
      I hadn’t thought of the flood and now the ultimate drought, but yes.

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      • May 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm

        I don’t know which is worse – the fact that they probably chose to go another way or that they had no choice but to die of thirst.

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      • May 15, 2015 at 6:43 am

        I can’t even imagine being in that situation. A pretty terrible choice to make.

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  33. May 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Terrifying! And thirsting to death is such a painful way to go. I hope there can be an “up” in the end even if it is enslavement by an advanced alien race.

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    • May 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      You never know. Maybe some aliens engineered the accident to make the Earth ripe for the picking, and they’ll need slave labour, I’m sure!

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      • May 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

        Even that would be preferable. Unless the hope was to dehydrate us for space rations on their long trips! Yikes!

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      • May 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

        Now there’s a scary thought…

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