Posted: September 11, 2013 in dark, fiction
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FFF Prompt the-boat-and-miss-liberty

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for all her work and organization. You can visit her site and read through the other Flash Fiction Friday postings at:


For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, while you still can.

Here’s my contribution:

End Days

It’s happening again.” A dull ache grew deep in Cassandra’s skull. Flowers of bright pain blossomed before her eyes turning her vision into a blurred negative, then degraded further until all around her was a smoldering black and white view with blinking ghostly echoes.

What do you see?”

Everything is dead.” Cassandra swiveled her view and saw only burnt death and destruction. “I don’t understand. He said there was a diplomatic solution. He said…”

So, he’s gone and ordered the strike?”

I believe so. Another world war has just begun. This…this is our future.”


  1. Too close to the truth I fear. Well told.

  2. I shudder like this is for real – great without telling the details

  3. Ouch! Too real. Well done as always.


  4. EagleAye says:

    So ominous. Our future if we don’t think and act carefully. A well-conceived cautionary tale. Nicely done!

  5. tedstrutz says:

    No… say it ain’t so! Sure as hell better not be!

  6. Dear JK,

    Chilling. I feel compelled to share this link with you. This is Tom Lehrer, a satirical singer in the 60’s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrbv40ENU_o Enjoy!



  7. Honie Briggs says:

    You got right to the heart of the matter with this one. Maybe society has romanticized wartime to the point that we can’t go a day without one somewhere lest we forget how to cry.

  8. Jan Brown says:

    Spooky — because it is so very possible.

  9. rgayer55 says:

    “only burnt death and destruction.” I fear this is sadly prophetic.

  10. Oh chilling. A curse, to be able to foresee the future like this.

  11. unspywriter says:

    Aptly named protagonist in Cassandra, and a very stark view. I hope in this case she’s wrong.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/the-new-colossus/

  12. Clean and crisp. Chilling. That’s all the C’s I’ve got. Nice work!

  13. Linda Vernon says:

    This is certainly a future I would not want to experience. I liked you description of the end.

  14. Dani Karns says:

    I sure hope our generation doesn’t see this…and our future

  15. pattisj says:

    Nicely seen through Cassandra’s eyes. Hope we never see this day.

  16. Oooh, shudder. This is so bleak, vivid, and real. Nice job!

  17. This week you have picked up the death and destruction torch and taken liberties with it! Interesting take on the prompt.

  18. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear JK,

    First para, third sentence—-‘until all around her was a smoldering black and white view with blinking ghostly echoes’—Do you ‘see’ what I’m going to say? Or do you hear it?

    Great story. Lindaura’s comment was priceless.



  19. I like the mythological tie-in, with Cassandra. It makes me wonder if this is really happening or if it’s just a projection of the inevitable future. In any case, well done. Quite a chilling tale.

  20. Sarah Ann says:

    Nice and positive 😉

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