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FF – Out of Options

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. She also supplied the photo this week!

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Frederick looked across the darkened room to the windows and sighed. He dimly remembered when those windows looked out over just the vista portrayed in the pictures which now covered them. He peeled away the corner of one and peered out.

Nothing had changed. A barren wasteland, devoid of all life barย a scraggly plant here, a grotesquely mutated animal there.

Heโ€™d stockpiled massively before the war, but the years had dwindled his supply to almost nothing. No-one was coming, no rescue. Facing painful starvation, his decision made, he knocked over both lamps and waited for the fire to take him.

 

  1. October 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I think I would have found a less awful way to die. That’s a whole novel in 100 words or so.

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    • October 13, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Yeah, not the least painful I can think of…

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  2. October 12, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Sad… You do justice to both tragedy and comedy! Bravo!

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  3. October 12, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    What a horrible way to go!

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  4. October 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I love dark, depressing stories (not being facetious). Well done!
    What a horrible way Frederick has chosen to die. Doesn’t he have any sharp knives?

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    • October 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Maybe he’s stuck them all in mutated animals…
      Let’s hope the fire doesn’t go out before he’s completely dead, leaving him lying there all blackened and crispy.

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      • October 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

        Yep, let’s hope so for his sake. I also hope he loses consciousness from smoke inhalation before getting burnt!

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      • October 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

        Fingers crossed! I hear that’s what often happens.

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      • October 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm

        I certainly wouldn’t want to test that out myself. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  5. October 12, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Oh god, this was a dark take on the prompt but you squeezed so much story in so few words!

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    • October 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

      I seem to be going through a “dark” phase. Hopefully comedy will return soon!
      I’m glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. October 12, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    How sad, what a cruel way to go. A gruesome take on the prompt, but I like it.

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  7. October 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I hope this is not our future! Good story, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • October 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

      I hope not too! Not a pretty end.

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  8. October 12, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Not the way I would choose to go, but then it does seem a desperate situation. Good writing.

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    • October 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Thanks – things are really bad when such a death is preferable to life.

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  9. October 12, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I agree with those above who thought this a gruesome way to go. You, too, wrote a grim story about this prompt. Perhaps it’s the gloomy light. Well done.

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    • October 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

      It’s definitely quite a gloomy scene, and a nasty end. I’m glad you liked it!

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  10. October 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Oh noo!
    This is a sad way to go. After surviving the war why not give life one more push.

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    • October 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

      I guess he’s been giving life one last push for months and can’t take any more ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  11. October 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Wow, that was depressing. You set the scene well and had me right there. Good job.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • October 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks! I fiddled around quite a bit to get it to sound right. And yes, pretty depressing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Ali

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  12. October 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    While I cringe at this horrible way to end his life, I also like the cleansing aspect of the fire. He leaves nothing behind but ashes, and that goes well with the whole theme of war and desolation. Great story.

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    • October 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Yes, ultimately it’s a very clean way to end. Ashes inside his shelter and out. I’m glad you liked it!

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  13. October 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Great story! Written from the point he gives up after trying to stay alive for so long!

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    • October 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      It’s finally become too much. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. October 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Hmmmm, I wonder what grotesquely mutated animal tastes like…..

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  15. October 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    it was brave of him to go out in a blaze of glory.

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  16. October 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Sometimes it’s better to day at once instead of facing dwindling supplies

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    • October 16, 2016 at 4:43 am

      A quick(ish) death anyway rather than a long lingering one.

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  17. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    October 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I loved the coping mechanism of the pictures on the windows. So sad that a the end was inevitable.

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    • October 16, 2016 at 4:45 am

      I guess the pictures helped for a while…
      It is sad. I wonder if he’s the last to go?

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      • Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
        October 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm

        I hope he’s not last. But maybe loneliness is what finally put him over the edge.

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  18. October 15, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    No marshmallows in the end?
    I hate dark ending….
    Randy

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    • October 16, 2016 at 4:47 am

      Sadly the last of his supplies didn’t include any treats…

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  19. October 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Poor Frederick. I wish he had tried to adopt one of those mutated animals…

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    • October 16, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Yes. That would have been a pal to keep him company.

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      • October 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm

        They might figure something out together.

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  20. October 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Oh wow…not sure that is a better choice (fire has always been a fear of mine). It’s certainly a quicker one.
    This story snuck up on me. I like that I never know where you are going to go.

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    • October 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Not the best way to go.
      Last week I didn’t know where I was going either ๐Ÿ™‚ but sometimes I try hard to keep the ending a secret.

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  21. October 17, 2016 at 8:31 am

    What a horrible way to go…but great dark story to tell ๐Ÿ˜€ Pawkisses ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    • October 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

      One of the worst ways to go, I reckon. I’m glad you liked the story!

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  22. October 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I like the idea of covering up the ugly reality with pretty pictures. As others have said, you’ve covered a lot of territory in your story. Well told.

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  23. October 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Yikes, we caught him at his lowest moment! I’m curious what the mutated animal looks like. Really interesting story and world-building!

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    • October 18, 2016 at 7:30 am

      I expect their features are horribly twisted and their fur grows in dense patches. And they probably glow in the dark too!

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  24. October 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Ooh, that’s really dark, Ali. Fire is a terrible was to go. Good writing, though. —- Suzanne

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    • October 19, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Thanks! It is a pretty terrible way to go. I guess it’s that, starve or get eaten, though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  25. October 19, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Oh my, I can feel his desperation. You captured the mood perfectly!

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    • October 20, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Thanks! He was at the end of his tether, nowhere else to turn.

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