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Friday Fictioneers – The Weight of the World

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, the weekly 100 word photo prompt hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Ted Strutz, and you can read the other stories by clicking on the blue froggy.

I decided not to take such a literal view of the photo this week. If it doesn’t make sense, hopefully my tags will help.

Copyright Ted Strutz

Copyright Ted Strutz

 

Shuddering, he closed his eyes. How could he make this decision? He couldn’t think.

But the People relied on him. They had elected him to make the Big Decisions. His thoughts whirled, spinning, too fast to grasp. He hoped that at any moment the ride might stop and he could get off, but it only span faster.

At last he took a breath and opened his eyes. Before him stood his Chief of Staff and senior General, standing six feet apart, hands on the console. He nodded solemnly. “The word is given. God forgive us.”

As one they turned the keys.

 

  1. October 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    This brought back the nightmare of Armageddon.. I hope that there will never come a time like this.

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    • October 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Me too. I’m hoping no-one would actually turn the key no matter what.

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  2. October 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Very frightening Ali! I hope it never comes to this too.

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  3. October 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    That’s scary, Ali. It’s one of the worst nightmares for people. Well done. —- Suzanne

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    • October 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      I like to think the decision made would be not to make things worse by pushing the “button”.

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  4. October 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    A very frightening prospect for us all. I like the way you used the promt to describe his spinning, whirling thoughts. 🙂

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks, when I decided not to be too literal I tried to work a story around whirling thoughts and emotions.

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  5. Lyn
    October 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Scary indeed. May it never happen.

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  6. Francesca Smith
    October 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    In theory, it has been stated that due to the widespread acquirement of nuclear weapons by many countries, this has assured relative peace. For because each country knows what the consequences would be if one were to attack the other with their NWs, they instead will not do so.
    Very good take on the picture.

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      It only takes one nutjob with an itchy trigger finger, however 😦

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      • Francesca Smith
        October 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        True, yet, all the times it has come dangerously close, they have not…And there were some pretty power hungry individuals in charge. Nevertheless, it is frightening prospect.

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  7. October 7, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I loved your metaphors, another great story 🙂

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  8. October 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    What a wonderful, scary, heart-throb of a tale. Well done!

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks! It’s a frightening scenario.

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  9. October 8, 2015 at 1:48 am

    good timing. oct. 7, 2015 is supposed to be the end of the world. 🙂

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  10. October 8, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Interesting contrast between amusement park rides and setting off the nuclear holocaust. Adds to the jarring feeling.

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      I decided to use the whirling and spinning to illustrate his state of mind. However, my mind was already thinking of some sort of disaster 🙂

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      • October 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        Yes I understood that about his state of mind but the image was also saying something all by itself. 🙂 So to me it made the contrast more powerful. 🙂

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      • October 8, 2015 at 7:23 pm

        It is a good contrast, and also reminds me of a dream scene in Terminator 2 where Sarah Connor is looking at a playground when a nuclear explosion goes off and she sees all the kids and parents vaporised. Everyday fun versus unthinkable horror.

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      • October 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

        Exactly. 🙂

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  11. October 8, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Very frightening – you certainly ring the changes week to week.

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      It’s a very scary thought that something like this could happen.
      I like to mix things up a bit! It depends on my mood and my day as well 🙂

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  12. October 8, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I’m guessing we’re talking nuclear holocaust? As long as we preserve our arsenals, some day, someone, somewhere will commit this obscenity.

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      It only needs one person to push “the button” and the rest will follow.

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  13. NotAPunkRocker
    October 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Stop the world, I want to get off..

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  14. October 8, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    What a scary scenario, and no less threatening than it was during the cold war, only less predictable. Good, thought-provoking story, and a great take on the prompt.

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks! A scenario which could, but hopefully will never, come to pass. I’m glad you liked it.

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  15. October 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Figurative spinning this time. Maybe, if we are lucky, they will lose their keys. Good one!!

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    • October 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      We can only hope. Glad you liked it!

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  16. October 9, 2015 at 1:29 am

    scary story – Nicely written.

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  17. October 9, 2015 at 1:38 am

    methinks of the song by Sting. I can only hope none of the world leaders have teens when confronted by this. Great spin. 😀

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  18. October 9, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    That is the ultimate nightmare. Thankfully, if (or when) it does happen, we’ll all be gone, poof!
    Sorry! Couldn’t help being a bit morbid. Reminds me of the Tom Lehrer song, “We Will All Go Together When We Go”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN0qvNhtGhM.

    Yours was a beautifully written decision-making story with an excellent title!

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    • October 10, 2015 at 5:17 am

      It would definitely be better to just go instantly without sitting there worrying and waiting for the end.
      I’m glad you liked it, and the title as well 🙂

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  19. October 10, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Oh dear, what a thought, Trump with his hand on the key. I’m sure he’ll be thinking of all the property he can scoop up and develop! Great images – scary but great!

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    • October 10, 2015 at 5:19 am

      From the bits of news and quotes I’ve heard regarding the Presidential whatever it is that’s going on currently, I’m not sure I want any of them in charge of the “nuclear football”.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

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  20. October 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    In a world that people are assigned to act as sovereigns great decisions are made and the weight, as well as fate, of the world rests with them and on them.
    Randy

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    • October 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Very true. Let’s hope that we (those of us who have a choice anyway) always vote in somebody stable.

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  21. October 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Don’t do it! Nice take on the prompt.

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  22. October 10, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Great take. And such a scary thought…

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  23. October 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    An appropriate title, Ali. I hope no one is in this position. Such a scary thought how quickly it could all end with the turn of a key.

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    • October 11, 2015 at 6:32 am

      I’m hoping there’s plenty of checks and safeguards before they decide. And then if they do turn the keys it doesn’t work.
      I’m glad you liked the title. I often have terrible trouble thinking one up!

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  24. October 10, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    It’s an impossible decision. Kill millions to save billions.

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    • October 11, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Yes. I’m glad this sort of thing is left to people other than me! Though I’m less glad that this sort of thing exists in the first place.

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  25. October 10, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    in topic of your comments, I don’t fear the key turning. If the bang is big enough I won’t know it happened.

    What got me was the spinning thoughts that paralyze my brain sometimes. My brain goes into overload and I have to take emotions out of my thinking to make sense of a situation.
    Does that relate?

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    • October 11, 2015 at 6:53 am

      In these circumstances it’s definitely better to go out in an instant.

      I do sometimes have to just stop and wait for a moment to take stock and think through things properly, especially when I’m very busy and there’s lots going on. I’m on my own, though, so emotions aren’t usually involved, it’s just at work that my mind gets in a whirl.

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  26. October 11, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Dear Ali,

    My favorites are always the one who don’t take a literal approach to the prompt. I didn’t need the tags to know what this was about. The weight of responsibility and the emotions were all packed solidly in your hundred words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • October 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m usually very literal so it was a nice change for me. I’m glad his emotional turmoil came across.
      Ali

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  27. October 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Wow. I wonder what is about to ensue. Responsibility can be a terrible thing.

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    • October 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Once those keys are turned it’s all armed, so I hope he knows what he’s doing 😦

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  28. October 13, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Stop the world, I want to get off!

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  29. October 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I hate when life begins to feel like that!

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  30. October 13, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Clever use of the prompt, Ali. It must be a dreadful decision to have to make. A great depiction of a frightening possibility.

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    • October 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, it’s not a decision I would want to make. I doubt anyone would.

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