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FF – On the Plus Side

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

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda

Sebastian hurried home, shivering. He’d freeze before long. Midday? Might as well be midnight.

Looking up he could see candlelight flickering in a few homes. Some said they made the tallow from dead people. Rubbish, what a waste! A decent-sized dead person could feed a family for a week.

He swore as he stumbled over a frozen corpse and picked up his pace. Many would kill him for the food he’d found. Probably the last tin of beans on the planet.

Nuclear winter was no joke, but on the plus side, the human race had finally solved global warming.

  1. February 3, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Loves the quip about the plus side

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    • February 4, 2022 at 11:16 am

      Gotta look on the bright side, even if there really isn’t one.

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  2. February 3, 2022 at 11:43 am

    I suppose you wouldn’t want to light your home with a corpse if you could fill your belly with one. Or would you?

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    • February 4, 2022 at 11:17 am

      I can’t decide, and hope I am never in the position to have to make that choice!

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  3. February 3, 2022 at 11:59 am

    A chilling, but meaty tale!

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  4. February 3, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Sounds like a very human solution.

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  5. February 3, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Those are probably just the backlights of smartphones in the window….

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    • February 4, 2022 at 11:20 am

      Everyone is playing the exciting new game “sorry, no service”.

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  6. February 3, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, quite horrific and riveting. What a piece! I love it.

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  7. February 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    Soylent green, anyone?

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  8. February 3, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Wonderfully dystopian and a great last line, though so very sad in how it could truly come to pass. Well done!!

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    • February 4, 2022 at 11:27 am

      I admit I’m more worried about this sort of thing what with certain countries rattling their sabres of late.

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  9. February 3, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    True dystopia, this. Well done.

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  10. Lyn
    February 4, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Always knew they’d fix the global warming problem.

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  11. February 4, 2022 at 3:29 am

    I’ve seen a few theories that it will be the cold not the heat that gets us. I guess we will just have to wait and see…

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  12. February 4, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Interesting how you typify the self-destructive characteristic of the human race. What happens after the beans run out?

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    • February 5, 2022 at 5:34 am

      We don’t even want to think about the beans running out 😮

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  13. February 4, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    One of my fears when madpeople rule big countries always was that they get the idea to fight climate change with nuclear bombs. I love the casual tone that makes the circumstances even more horrible.

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  14. February 4, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    The nuclear winter is bad enough, but life without baked beans sounds unbearable!

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    • February 4, 2022 at 4:22 pm

      Yes, he holds in his hands life’s one remaining luxury 😮

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  15. February 4, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Oops, we turned the thermometer down a bit too much. 😉

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    • February 5, 2022 at 6:07 am

      Maybe we’ll bounce up and down a bit, getting ever closer to the ideal 🙂

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  16. February 4, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    a motto that never grows old: recycle, reuse, repurpose. 🙂

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  17. February 6, 2022 at 7:52 am

    A horrifying scenario. When it comes down to basic survival, no holds are barred, I guess. Sebastian sounds like a survivor.

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  18. February 6, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Always look on the bright side, eh? I hope the can of beans has a ring pull or he’ll need a tin opener.

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    • February 7, 2022 at 7:03 am

      Oh no, now I have a mental image of him staring sadly at it or hacking at the lid with a screwdriver 😮

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  19. February 7, 2022 at 7:53 am

    sure, that’s one way of solving the problem of global warming

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  20. February 7, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Very dark scene this week. And the last line is a zinger. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • February 8, 2022 at 7:15 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      A dark scene for a dark photo. I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  21. February 7, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Good dystopian story, Ali. I like the very matter-of-fact voice you’ve given Sebastian; very appropriate for a survivor.

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    • February 8, 2022 at 7:16 am

      Yes, he’s gone through all the emotions, now it’s just survival.

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  22. February 8, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    There must surely be a way to extract the fat and still eat the meat? I guess when one is desperate… then again, those who have the light, probably already have a source of food…

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  23. February 10, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Maybe glass is the answer to the beans, as we never use tins…MOL..Great written again, Draliman! Extra Pawkiss🐾😽💞

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    • February 11, 2022 at 11:28 am

      At least he could open a glass jar of beans without the can opener 🙂

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  24. February 10, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    I love how you juxtapose despair and hope. Outside it’s bleak and freezing. Exposed to the freezing conditions, Sebastian’s survival depends on how quickly he returns to his shelter, or his fate will mirror that of the corpse he encounters. His hope (The can of beans) may lead to his death (freezing or having it taken from him). The corpse, or the representation of death, is the loss of surviving (despair), but the corpse’s husk is used as a food source and tallow (hope). Beautifully written!

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    • February 11, 2022 at 11:30 am

      Thanks 🙂 Those who tend more towards hope are the ones managing to survive. But for most, it’s a mixture of both.

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