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FF – A Beautiful View

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

Copyright Ted Strutz

Dave and little Maggie walked up on deck and looked out over the impressive vista before them.

“Oh, Daddy, isn’t it beautiful?”

“It is, Maggie.”

“I wish Mummy was here to see it.”

“Me too.”

Mummy had been held up. She’d missed the boat. Dave and Maggie’s home, since the waters rose. Maggie had been only six months then.

“Those are trees, aren’t they, Daddy?”

“That’s right, Maggie.”


“Yes, dear?”

“I heard some of the others talking. Why are they calling this place the ‘Sahara Desert’?”

“That’s a story for another time. Come on, let’s go back below.”

  1. November 10, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    You don’t just “miss the boat,” or you end up like the unicorns back in the Biblical days…


    • November 11, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      They were actually thrown overboard during the trip due to some accidental horn stabbings.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. November 10, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Something ominous hiding in that one!


  3. November 10, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    A strong sense of a changing climate here


  4. November 10, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    I wonder what held Mummy up – it must have been something pretty drastic to miss this boat!


    • November 11, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      A tidal wave perhaps. Or maybe she thought she’d left the oven on…


  5. November 10, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Perhaps COP738 can sort it out!


    • November 11, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      As they stare up at their ancestors’ home from the moon 😮

      Liked by 1 person

  6. November 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Those ice caps are melting faster every day!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. November 10, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    I’m so full of questions…. Enjoyed!


    • November 11, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! Maggie also wants to know what’s happening.


  8. November 11, 2021 at 1:01 am

    i’m afraid mum is history and her siblings are history as victims of climate change.


    • November 11, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      I’m afraid you’re right. Unless she’s a really good swimmer.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. November 11, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Oh how sad that Mummy missed the boat and they are now entering a new world…


  10. November 11, 2021 at 1:58 am

    An unusually sad note from you, Ali. But I’m glad you couldn’t resist the optimism either.


  11. November 11, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Climate change. Global warming. Not to far in the future.


  12. November 11, 2021 at 8:28 am

    A modern day’s Noah’s Ark or just a day trip to view the Atlas mountains from the Sahara Sea.
    A nice nod to our climate change hysteria.


  13. November 11, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I suppose Mummy was one of the climate change deniers. Fun story, a serious-light view on possible futures (although I don’t think the Sahara would be flooded).


    • November 11, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      She could well have been.
      Hmm, everything got flooded in “Waterworld”. That film may not have been based on scientific predictions, though… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 11, 2021 at 4:25 pm

        I know. I don’t know how many meters maximum the sea could rise, but from the flood maps I’ve seen http://flood.firetree.net/ Africa, would not be affected very much. Europe and Britain though…


        • November 12, 2021 at 10:54 am

          I’m relieved to see that even at 60m my neck of the woods is largely okay. We have very high cliffs.

          Liked by 1 person

          • November 12, 2021 at 9:27 pm

            You’re lucky! The weather, however, I’ve no idea how that’ll develop.

            Liked by 1 person

  14. November 11, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    The future perhaps…? Gosh I hope not but the climate changes going on are so weird! Who knows?


    • November 12, 2021 at 10:57 am

      I don’t think it will get bad enough to flood the Sahara, but… 😮


  15. November 11, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Ali

    Sahara? I didn’t see that coming. .




    • November 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Predictions don’t show the Sahara flooding, but I prefer to base my estimates on the Kevin Kostner film “Waterworld”, which I’m sure was based on solid scientific data 😉


  16. November 12, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    A timely take Ali. They might read this in the future and ask – ‘how did he know?


  17. November 12, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Reminds me of the movie 2012 … 🙂


  18. November 13, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    I like the tenderness of the relationship between Dave and his daughter Maggie. Their loss of Mummy is a stark reminder that climate change applies to all of us and won’t be picky about who survives.


  19. November 14, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Yikes. Poignant story well told.


  20. November 14, 2021 at 11:46 am

    The discussions by the adults onboard this boat on how to rebuild society from limited human stocks, would challenge our current beliefs and morals on relationships. Dealing with climate change would be just one issue. There’s a whole bunch of other complex ones too. -Michael


  21. November 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    “She’d missed the boat.” Now that’s an understatement. Nicely done.


    • November 15, 2021 at 7:08 am

      Yes, he’s feeling numb to it now I think, just something which happened back before the world broke.

      Liked by 1 person

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