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Friday Fictioneers – Tapping the Core

Here is my contribution to Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers for this week, in which we get a photo prompt and then 100 words to write the story. This week’s photo was contributed by Madison Woods.

This week’s photo shows the moon high above. OR DOES IT? You’ll have to use your imagination to see what I first saw :-).

Click on the blue froggy for this week’s other stories.

Copyright Madison Woods

Copyright Madison Woods

 

“A new form of energy,” they’d said. “Clean, limitless. A New World.”

It’s a new world, all right, thought Simon. He and Amy were the only two left; all the others had fled.

“We should go too,” Amy said, shaking.

“Go? Where?” was his reply.

And so he and Amy stood staring down the smoky vegetation-lined shaft at the Earth’s burning core far below. Tapping the core for energy had seemed such a wonderful idea, but like a child playing with a chainsaw they had no idea of the power they were unleashing.

Another hour, and the Earth would burn.

 

  1. August 5, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Is going to live in the moon an option? Sometimes its scary to think of the fracking etc that goes on and the impact on the environment.

    Nicely done piece.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 8:11 am

      One day living on the moon might become a necessity. Glad you liked it!

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  2. August 5, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    We humans have so many “wonderful” ideas it worries me. Well done.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 8:15 am

      What will we think of next? My money’s on “limitless energy via inter-dimensional bridge”.

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  3. August 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    We must be careful how much we tamper with the earth.

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  4. August 6, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Like fracking. What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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    • August 6, 2015 at 8:16 am

      It’s perfectly safe 🙂
      What’s an earthquake or two between friends? Let’s try it on a fault line. I bet we could get loads of gas that way.

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  5. August 6, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I hope they get knocked unconscious or blow up really quick. Burning alive would be horrible.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 8:17 am

      I hope so too. I think that close to the shaft it will be quick.

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  6. August 6, 2015 at 3:44 am

    great story. “go? where?” Good questions to ask. ❤

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    • August 6, 2015 at 8:17 am

      There’s no point in running when the Earth’s about to end :-(.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  7. August 6, 2015 at 6:54 am

    A limitless supply of molten iron and magma for everyone! YAY!!!

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  8. Francesca Smith
    August 6, 2015 at 9:54 am

    What a dark reality to be faced with. A very grim but good take on the prompt!

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    • August 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thanks. It is a grim reality, with no way out for them :-(. Reminds me of Tea Leoni and Maximilian Schell waiting for the tidal wave in “Deep Impact”.

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  9. Lyn
    August 6, 2015 at 10:36 am

    He’s back to his disaster(ous) self. Well written my friend, but scary.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

      I like to throw in the occasional apocalypse 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  10. August 6, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Too close to reality. All the things being done to bring earth to iys knees. Well done.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Let’s hope things don’t go quite this far. Thanks!

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  11. August 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I actually read the story yesterday already, but wanted to find a link for you, here: http://www.staufen.de/en/news/ — that’s not far from where I work. Not as dramatic and apocalypsy as your scarily good story, but one of the unexpected consequences of not thinking things through.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Wow. And yeeks! So it has already begun…
      Thanks for the link!

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  12. August 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Nicely topical. Great take on the photo.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks. Fracking is popping up everywhere. Let’s hope if they must continue they leave it at that and don’t go any deeper!

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  13. NotAPunkRocker
    August 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Excuse the fact that I have a crazy weird memory, but is this the same Simon that was waiting for the solar flares to ruin the earth?

    I think I would avoid any planet this Simon guy lives on…too risky…

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    • August 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

      It might be, my memory isn’t as “crazy weird” as yours 🙂
      But if it was, he doesn’t seem to have much luck, does he? A bit like Bruce in Die Hard.

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  14. August 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    A fantastic, frightening, dramatic story. Love the bit about “Another hour, and the earth would burn.”
    Yeah!

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    • August 7, 2015 at 11:51 am

      I quite liked that line too! Let’s hope it never comes to pass.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  15. August 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Great ideas can be the costliest

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    • August 7, 2015 at 11:52 am

      They can indeed. A kind of “all or nothing” type of thing, maybe.

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  16. August 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Excellent Ali.

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  17. August 7, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Very dark this week, Ali. It’s true. When the world is ending there’s no possible place to run to. I don’t even like the word “fracking.” It sounds rather violent. Good story and well done. 🙂

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    • August 7, 2015 at 11:52 am

      It does sound violent, doesn’t it? And it was also the substitute swear word in the Battlestar Galactica reboot!

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  18. August 7, 2015 at 5:03 am

    What an imaginative take, Ali. I don’t want to be around when the earth burns. Yikes! I’ve see I’ve made it in to yet another story this week. 🙂 “Amy” is popular this week. Must be that moon or something.

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    • August 7, 2015 at 11:53 am

      A star is born!
      I’m glad you liked my story 🙂

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  19. August 7, 2015 at 6:32 am

    We’ll have a fusion reactor in a decade or so. Then you’ll really have clean, free energy.
    Good piece.

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    • August 7, 2015 at 11:54 am

      That’s what I’m hoping. They just need to work out how to get more energy out than they put in…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  20. August 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Ah its been a while since I read a drali! Hope all is well and yay space colonization. New adventures 🙂 (more planets to ruin)Reminds me a bit of Robot dreams by Isaac Asimov. The future is around the corner 🙂

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    • August 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      As long as the future round the corner isn’t this future! Space colonisation is definitely the way to go 🙂

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  21. August 7, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I saw this picture “inverted” too, but decided not to go there. I’m glad you did. You nailed it!

    This passage, “…like a child playing with a chainsaw…” is brilliant. Says it all!

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    • August 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I nearly didn’t put the chainsaw line in because it sounded “amusing” (in theory of course, not in practice) but I liked it so I left it 🙂

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  22. August 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I just don’t get fracking or how this is a good idea. I hope we don’t come to the same end as those in your story.
    Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • August 8, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Fracking seems to me to be a panic reaction to the fact that we’re dragging our heels developing new forms of clean energy and therefore need to make gas last longer. This story was inspired by one of my favourite Dr Who stories – Inferno (Jon Pertwee, 1970).
      Ali

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  23. August 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Where did the others go? I get a very Doctor Who feeling from this story…possibly because I’ve been watching so much of it lately. Either way, very well done. The scene was vividly painted in my mind.

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    • August 9, 2015 at 6:12 am

      The others either reckon they can out-run the end of the world, or they’ve gone to spend their last hours with their families.

      Dr Who – “Inferno” (Jon Pertwee, 1970). One of my favourites, set in parallel realities where they’re drilling into the Earth’s core. One reality is several hours more advanced than the other and the Doctor gets to experience both. Watch it if you can find it!

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      • August 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        Oh I haven’t seen much of Jon Pertwee’s Doctor yet…I’ll definitely check it out!

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      • August 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

        He was a great Doctor – some stories on other planets, some when he was exiled to Earth by the Time Lords (like this one). “Inferno” is a good one to start with. He was given some great stories to work with.

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      • August 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        Awesome. Can’t wait to see it for myself!

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  24. August 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

    So Earth is going out with a bang, not a whimper. Quicker, at least. Chilling story.

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    • August 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      At least there’s no lingering virus, or spending weeks running from zombies…

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