Forward Thinking– Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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Forward Thinking

She stepped out of the portal and frowned. “Are you sure that thing will still be here next year?”

“Certainly,” I said. “No one removes junk. It’s safe.” As her guide, I needed to radiate confidence.

“Let’s go then.”

She’d travelled back in time to experience a key moment that would shape the future. The founding of the PET-movement, to be precise. Sadly, it never happened.

A year later, disappointed, we returned. The van was gone. She was stuck. Her glare could have melted metal.

I cringed. “There’ll be compensation. What now?”

She sighed. “I’ll start the Planetary-Environment-Treaty-movement, what else?”

(100 words)

Maybe she finds another portal…

54 thoughts on “Forward Thinking– Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. No, before you know it, someone clears the area, cleans and repairs them, and tours the country with them. And suddenly they find themselves in another time and another place… but that is another story. 😉 Thank you Dale.

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  1. Maybe they should have just done a protest/campaign tour in the present-day van. Obviously, the guide needs some more training. I wish them luck in their environmental endeavors.

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  2. Dear Gabi,

    It doesn’t sound like the guide is in a position to compensate. Sounds like they’re both stuck. At any rate the PET movement has to start somewhere, right? Time travel stories make my eyes spin in two different directions. 😉 But I like them.



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    1. Exactly on all points. And time travel stories give me a headache. But I agree, they are fun when done right. Luckily in a short flash fic you don’t have to go into too many details. 😉


  3. What a delightful story, Gabi! I love the resignation of the last two sentences. ‘She sighed. “I’ll start the Planetary-Environment-Treaty-movement, what else?”’ Lovely reveal that flows perfectly naturally from everything that went before.

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