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FF – Live or Die?

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Na’ama Yehuda.

Ah, there’s a big queue and it’s raining. How very British 🙂

To read the other stories, click on the froggy.

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda


Queuing for days. Life or death lottery.

Red ticket? Fiery death. Green ticket? A seat on the Ark Ship.

Uproar! All the seats filled by fat cats, politicians, dictators. Ordinary people? Doomed to die when the asteroid hits.

The Ark Ship leaves for its new home. The people of the world prepare.

News flash! The Ark Ship’s off course! Headed for the sun! Very sad. Everyone dead. And incidentally, completely unrelated, that asteroid? Not going to hit Earth after all.

Conspiracy? Hush. Bite your tongue and get on with your life. A fresh start! Don’t screw it up.



  1. September 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Dear Ali,

    Were the politicians going on the Ark ship in pairs? My guess is, fresh start or no, they’ll screw it up. 😉 Good one.




    • September 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      They entered the Ark of death two by two 🙂 No, I don’t see the fresh start being any better than the original…
      I’m glad you liked it!


  2. September 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    lol, sounds like a great idea….


  3. September 25, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I wonder if they’ve figured out yet what causes the fat cats and the dictators. If not, they’re in for more of the same


    • September 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      I guess some of us are in for a “promotion”…


  4. September 25, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I am laughing and clapping, sir!


  5. September 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Oh, what a great story you’ve conjured up in so few words! Brilliantly done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • September 25, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  6. September 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Now this is an idea that I could get behind and vote for…. 🙂


    • September 25, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Those of us in the know could wave them off with evil grins on our faces 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. September 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    If only.


  8. September 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Well … Someone had to ‘go’ … 😉


  9. September 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    HAHAHA! Karma strikes again! 😀


  10. September 25, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I love a good queue, and also a good measure of comeuppance!


  11. September 25, 2019 at 9:56 pm



  12. Mike
    September 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Just a perfect story, which made me smile,


  13. September 26, 2019 at 2:49 am

    That is how it is done!
    Karma is a bitch when you are a nasty fat cat politician!


    • September 26, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Yeah, they’ll get theirs come judgement day. Which was a lot earlier than they’d anticipated 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. September 26, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Sounds like a lot of work went into making this possible.


    • September 26, 2019 at 11:51 am

      There was certainly a lot of planning involved!


  15. September 26, 2019 at 8:52 am

    It would have such a happy ending if everyone who remained on earth didn’t end up killing themselves in the panic and chaos of the impending apocalypse that didn’t happen…


    • September 26, 2019 at 11:54 am

      It certainly did thin the herd somewhat. And all the electronics shops were suddenly devoid of big screen TVs…

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Lyn
    September 26, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Oh wouldn’t it be love-err-ly! No more politicians!!


  17. September 26, 2019 at 10:22 am

    A great tale and my first broad grin of the day!

    Here’s my story.


  18. September 26, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Those left behind by the arc ship are now really happy. Let the rich and powerful burn in hell. We shall create new rich and new powerful. May be it will be me.


    • September 26, 2019 at 11:56 am

      I’m hoping to rise to the top as well, now we have a clean slate!


  19. September 26, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Oh, I am sure there is a new line… applying for the newly vacated positions.


  20. bearmkwa
    September 26, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Evil giggles… I liked that one!


  21. Merbear74
    September 26, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    If only!!


  22. September 26, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    A happy accident i think, we could do with some of our MPs disappearing on that ark of yours!


    • September 27, 2019 at 8:01 am

      They’re so busy yelling at each other they probably won’t even notice the change of venue!


  23. September 27, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I just thought, this is a repeat of the sinking of the Titanic – all the rich get the benefits while the poor sink or swim. Nothing changes.


  24. September 27, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Wouldn’t you just love to put all the non-working pols in the Ark-Ship and wave bye-bye? Trouble is, that would be sort of like playing wack-a-mole. For each one gone, two more would pop up.


  25. September 27, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    a new beginning. there must be hope for those left behind. . 🙂


  26. September 29, 2019 at 6:11 am

    One way to drain the swamp lol
    Great stuff 😀


  27. September 29, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Give them enough rope and they’ll hang themselves. This was a very unique take on the prompt, well done.


    • September 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! Yep, a little story about an asteroid and they were the first to jump ship.


  28. October 1, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Well praise the….whomever we are idolizing!


  29. October 1, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Surprise, surprise. Unless human nature completely changes, new villains will form. A good story, Ali. That was literally riding off into the sun. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • October 2, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Yes, there won’t be a power vacuum for long.


  30. October 1, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    …and…somehow…that seems fitting. 😀


  31. October 6, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Haha! It’s about time we ordinary people got the long end of the stick! 😀


    • October 8, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      For sure! And I’ve been waiting ages for a power vacuum to fill… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  32. October 17, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    My lips are sealed. Go ahead with the plan.


  33. October 28, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hahahha what a twist! Get on with life…


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