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FF – Back to Basics

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Al Forbes.

I’m really busy at the moment and thought of re-posting the story I wrote for this picture last year in the hopes that nobody would notice πŸ™‚ but I decided to bung something together after all.

To read the other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

 

β€œAh, look at those. I remember motoring down the road, wind in my hair…”

β€œDarling, stop it! You had an Austin Morris! Vintage car, indeed.”

β€œWow, Dad. Cars have changed so much! When I grow up I’m gonna invent a flying car!”

β€œHundreds have promised the same, son…”

 

Trevor looked wistfully at his β€œAmazing Flying Car”, rusting in the field. No way to power it since the Fuel Wars of the mid-twenty-first century. No fuel, no electricity. No civilisation, some would say.

Shaking his head, he nudged Daisy and headed to market. β€œGiddy-up, girl!”

Life was so much simpler now.

 

  1. January 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    How to come full circle! For someone who just “bunged something together”, you did a great job, Ali!

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thanks! It was literally a ten minute job (plus a few minutes editing when I got home). I stupidly read the last story I wrote for that photo first and got stuck on that all day.

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      • January 26, 2017 at 9:50 am

        I did the same…felt I sort of ended up with a similar theme…

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  2. January 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Nice twist. πŸ™‚

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  3. January 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve written before about society switching to an agrarian base in order to restore the biosphere. More than likely though, it will be forced on us in the end just as you’ve predicted.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:31 am

      It’s a nice idea but I think you’re right, it will be forced on us.

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  4. January 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Very “Planet of the Apes.” πŸ™‚

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Charlton Heston’s gonna ride up any minute πŸ™‚

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  5. January 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I would love to go back to those days, even though I’ve never ridden a horse in my life. The idea of it is great.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

      I love the idea of it too, but would probably miss my creature comforts after a while.

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  6. January 25, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Well at least a few beasts of burden survived. Ali, I don’t like your scary future stories but I suspect you aren’t too far off the mark.
    Tracey

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:36 am

      They’ll need the horses in the days to come. Hopefully it will remain fictional, though!

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  7. January 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Great story! I think you can see the future! πŸ™‚

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  8. Lyn
    January 25, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Full circle indeed. I love vintage cars. They are so classy. In the 50’s we had a 1927 Overland Whippet flatbed.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Even the name – “1927 Overland Whippet” – sounds very cool πŸ™‚

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      • Lyn
        January 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm

        I learnt to drive on that when I was eleven πŸ™‚

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      • January 27, 2017 at 8:07 am

        Cool πŸ™‚

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  9. January 25, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    A step back in time – which would be a good thing if the reasons weren’t so scary. Nicely done.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

      It would be nice if did it by choice rather than this alternative. I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  10. michael1148humphris
    January 26, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Ned says, nicely done, πŸ™‚

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  11. January 26, 2017 at 12:54 am

    He he, loved the ‘Fuel Wars’ hope it isn’t prophetic! Great story Alistair πŸ™‚

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

      I hope not too. But I reckon it’s a possibility…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  12. January 26, 2017 at 2:02 am

    That would be just our luck, wouldn’t — we finally get the amazing flying cars, and the Fuel Wars hit. Too realistic, now that I think about it! Great futuristic vibe, Ali.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Yeah. All that tech we’ve been waiting for forever and no way to power it.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  13. January 26, 2017 at 2:53 am

    I loved his positive mental attitude. πŸ™‚

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  14. January 26, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Well, a good time to bring back hot air balloons and dirigibles. We’ll be lucky if you can still manage to grow fodder for horses.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Lean times ahead for man and beast.

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  15. January 26, 2017 at 3:21 am

    It might come to that. Is Daisy another import from China? πŸ˜‰

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:41 am

      It could be that China will end up supplying everything once the rest of the world has gone to pot πŸ™‚

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  16. January 26, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Next up for Trevor…. inventing the flying horse.

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    • January 26, 2017 at 8:41 am

      There’s no keeping a good inventor down. Some sort of hot air balloon cradle system, perhaps…

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  17. January 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Loved the wistful feel of the last line. Well constructed story of what the future just might hold.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • January 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I hope the future doesn’t go exactly this way, though πŸ™‚
      Ali

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  18. January 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I certainly hope some of your stories aren’t inspired by visions of the future. Horses are really high maintenance creatures and I would miss my car!

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    • January 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Me too. I write far too many dystopian stories. I hope I’m not a “seer” πŸ™‚
      I would miss my car too 😦

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  19. January 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Ha! Indeed it IS much simpler now. My dad told me when he was a kid, the local banker had a 1934 Chrysler Air Flow. Only 1000 of them made. When Dad was in his 60’s, he got one! It was really COOL. You show that old stuff to kids today and they think it’s awesome, like the typewriter or a vinyl disc record.

    Fun stuff, Ali!

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    • January 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Those old cars had cool names too – because they weren’t trying to be cool πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

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      • January 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        Well, and they also had some artistry to them before all these safety regulations came out. Now they look like they’re all stamped out of a mold. No grace at all.

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      • January 27, 2017 at 8:07 am

        Yeah. Open top with no head protection in case of a flip? Shocking.

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      • January 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

        Haha! Yup. Love me some old vintage machines. πŸ˜‰

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  20. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    January 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Now that it looking at the silver lining. Enjoyed your story.

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    • January 27, 2017 at 8:06 am

      He’s always looking to the positive. I’m glad you liked it!

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  21. January 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Nice one, Ali! We may very well end up that way…

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  22. January 27, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I always thought that flying cars are everywhere. Some people ignore speed limit and over speed up. If they make flying car, that might reduce accident like collision, etc.

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    • January 27, 2017 at 8:08 am

      On the other hand, people might be flying around everywhere willy-nilly constantly having near misses and collisions 😦

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  23. January 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Now how about a flying horse? That would be real progress!

    Click to read my story!

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    • January 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Yeah! It’s the future (and about as likely as a flying car!).

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  24. January 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I hope flying cars are in the future!

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    • January 29, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Me too, but we’ve been promised them for years and still nothing. I read recently that now they’re trying personal jetpacks!

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  25. January 29, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Great stuff, we’ve returned to the horse and cart, can’t come soon enough. (Although I’ll miss not being able to go so far, fly wherever the whim takes to see strange and exotic places. Still sacrifices need to be made and if it means the end of stress, bring it on

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    • January 29, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      I’m sure technology was supposed to make our lives easier and less stressful…

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  26. January 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Pretty good, for something you ‘bunged out’.

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    • January 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks! A quick composition during my lunch break πŸ™‚

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  27. January 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Good story, Ali. It doesn’t sound bunged together. I hope things don’t go “full circle”. What a waste. Horses provide good natural fertilizer, though. Good writing. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • January 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      He sounds like he’s quite happy, anyway πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  28. January 30, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Great twist. I wonder if that day will come

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  29. January 31, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Haha..pretty good my hurried friend!

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  30. January 31, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Very nice twist!! Enjoyed reading it☺

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  31. February 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I’d love life to be simpler and less hi-tech… Mind you, I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to a flying car. Lol A funny and well written story, especially as you wrote it so quickly! The three sections come together so well.

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    • February 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Simpler sounds nice but I do like my tech πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  32. February 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Hehe, good they still have the ‘daisies’, and with all those flying vehicles I hope they didn’t have to invent a wheel again πŸ˜‰

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    • February 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Yes, it’s lucky there is still livestock, horses and so on. I’m sure there was still the odd wheel lying around they could copy πŸ™‚

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