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FF – Every Cloud

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

The (completely anonymous) character “Dail” makes a guest appearance!


Copyright Dale Rogerson


Dail shivered and tucked herself deeper into her winter coat. A winter coat, in mid-summer!

The dust cloud, born of an unfortunate nuclear-related mishap, had seen the Earth freeze. At least Canadians are used to the cold, she thought. Many survivors were not so lucky.

Millions in Britain had frozen to death within minutes thanks to their “stiff upper lip, keep on keeping on” attitude, resulting in the general consensus that “it’s mid-summer so I’m wearing a t-shirt”.

Children, ever-resilient, built snowmen.

With survival a priority, the world forgot about Brexit. And golf-playing presidents.

So, every cloud, and all that…


  1. April 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    It always pays to come prepared


  2. April 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Bah. I say. All the glitters is probably radioactive


  3. April 17, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Ha ha – every cloud indeed! Great take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  4. April 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Utopia. I knew it existed. Nanny was right after all. Nanny was always right!


  5. April 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    HAHAHA! A nuclear winter does wonders! 😀


  6. April 17, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Is a nuclear mishap really the only we can avoid Brexit? Depressingly, you’re probably right! 🙂


  7. Merbear74
    April 17, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I’m taking a canoe across to Canada…


  8. April 17, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    ‘Stiff upper lip’… line made me laugh. Humourous, satirical… and of course hilarious!


    • April 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

      That’s we Brits in a nutshell! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  9. April 18, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Could be prophesy, even though I hope not…


  10. April 18, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Any distraction from the distraction in chief over here… And I’m wondering if a nuclear mishap might be worth avoid Brexit… A lighter version of my story this week….


    • April 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

      It might be worth a try, I’m getting pretty fed up with the whole thing…

      Liked by 1 person

  11. April 18, 2019 at 3:31 am

    A “mild nuclear mishap.” Right. We live in the middle of nuclear generator central here. Where there used to be cotton mills, we now have generators. I try not to think about it. The good news? We would not survive. That’s also the bad news.


    • April 18, 2019 at 11:40 am

      A quick kaboom would be better than a slow organ liquefy I’m sure.


  12. April 18, 2019 at 8:01 am

    A gentleman wearing summercoat mid-winter? Please…


    • April 18, 2019 at 8:02 am

      That comment wasn’t meant to be that surreal… I meant the other way around 😀


      • April 19, 2019 at 6:05 am

        Ha! Summer coats in winter and winter coats in summer. It’s a world gone mad 🙂


  13. Lyn
    April 18, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Hmmm I wonder how Brighton fared. Not much swimming, but they could have skiing races. 😀


  14. April 18, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Oh dear, I hope this doesn’t cancel baseball season….


    • April 19, 2019 at 5:41 am

      It’ll be like winter golf. They’ll need to use orange balls…. Baseballs – pay attention. 😉


    • April 19, 2019 at 6:09 am

      They’re already working on skies with little motors so they can shoot round the pitch.


  15. April 18, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Ha, ha. I guess having a stiff upper lip doesn’t always come in handy. At least Brits forgot about Brexit so it wasn’t all bad. If anyone could survive a nuclear winter it would be the Canadians. Hilarious, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


    • April 19, 2019 at 6:17 am

      Sometimes we take it to extremes 🙂 And we’re definitely not used to big weather changes over here.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. April 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I would never have connected Dail with our Dale. 😉 Frightening to think of Nuclear winter in mid summer. But it would certainly take everyone’s minds off politics. Good one.




    • April 18, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      It certainly would divert us from “other matters”. And frightening for sure 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!


  17. Bear
    April 18, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Sadly, I can “see” that one. Good story this week!


  18. April 18, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Ah, Brexit.
    I think I noticed something about that on the news.


    • April 18, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      You did? I find it rather under-reported, myself 😉


  19. April 18, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Witty and creative as always! Hope it’s not prophetic and not the only answer to our world’s woes.


  20. April 18, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    but of course, it’s always about perspective. like they say, if they offer you a lemon, make a lemonade. 🙂


  21. April 18, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Yep, we Canadians are well-prepared for whatever weather comes our way!
    Fun take, as per.


    • April 19, 2019 at 6:02 am

      You seem to have everything from very cold to hot, depending on where you are I guess. I’m glad you liked it!


  22. gahlearner
    April 19, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t think so. Brexit just will be postponed once more. Not that I want you folks to go, quite the contrary. But the way this is managed is a sad joke. Not so the story though, this is fun.


    • April 21, 2019 at 5:43 am

      I’m interested to see if it’ll happen in my lifetime at this rate… I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. April 20, 2019 at 1:46 am

    A nuclear accident. So no one pushed the red button, but nuclear explosion happened anyway. How dismal.

    Great writing, though 🙂


    • April 21, 2019 at 5:45 am

      There are so many computers and humans who have to be so careful in charge of these things. I’m glad you liked the story 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  24. April 20, 2019 at 3:44 am

    This picture of nuclear winter is horrible. God save us from these destructive weapons and consequences thereof.


    • April 21, 2019 at 5:46 am

      It is. There are so many of these weapons around the place.


  25. April 20, 2019 at 3:50 am

    That’s a wonderful bit of dark comedy in there. The last unsaid line was a superb touch.


    • April 21, 2019 at 5:47 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  26. April 20, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Those stiff upper lips are going to be frozen solid if the Brits don’t put something warmer on.. Nice write!


    • April 21, 2019 at 5:48 am

      Something warmer? In midsummer? Never, I say 🙂


  27. April 20, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Well, at least Brexit is not a priority anymore. After half a century 😉


  28. April 20, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    “Millions in Britain had frozen to death within minutes thanks to their “stiff upper lip, keep on keeping on” attitude, resulting in the general consensus that “it’s mid-summer so I’m wearing a t-shirt”.” Why did I quote the entire sentence from your story? Because it’s my favourite line from all of your stories so far. 🙂 (And no, I don’t wish death on anyone in Britain. ;-))


    • April 21, 2019 at 5:52 am

      I quite liked the line too! Most of the rest of the story evolved into something else but I left that line alone 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. April 21, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Every cloud has millions of condensation nuclei, that trap poor defenceless tiny droplets of condensed moisture..that’s what you were going to say wasn’t it? Did I guess right? 😉


    • April 21, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      It’s like you’re inside my mind or something… 🙂


  30. April 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    That certainly was an unfortunate mishap. It would probably take something like that to bring the human race to its senses. Great tone in this story – grim humour is a good way to approach such a topic.


    • April 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      It’s about the only way to approach it. If you didn’t laugh you’d cry 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!


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  32. April 23, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Ha… loved this one!



  33. April 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    As an Aussie I have no idea how cold that is! Ber… 😀


  34. April 29, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    A relatively tolerable nuclear future, despite the death toll. Hope the children’s mittens are thick or this may be a very short story!


    • April 29, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      It could definitely have been worse for sure. The “Extra Thick Mitten Store” has been doing a roaring trade 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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